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A handful of dried spice leaves.

Spice Is Not Fake Marijuana—Not Even Close

Sara Bellum
May 14, 2014

Spice, also known as K2 or “synthetic (manmade) marijuana,” is not nice. Read More »

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Teen girl pulled over in her car by a policeman.

Legal Marijuana and Driving: A Public Safety Problem

Sara Bellum
March 26, 2014

When you’re driving down the highway at 60 miles per hour, you need a clear head. Driving while distracted by your phone or driving under the influence of alcohol both can lead to crashes and tragedy. Read More »

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Nationwide Survey Shows Fewer Teens Think Marijuana Is Harmful

Sara Bellum
December 18, 2013

Today, NIDA released the latest results from the 2013 Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, which asks more than 40,000 8th, 10th, and 12th graders about drug, alcohol, and cigarette use. The study revealed both good news and areas for concern. Read More »

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Marijuana in a greenhouse

Can It Be Bad If It’s Natural?

Eric Wargo, NIDA Science Writer
March 26, 2013

“Marijuana is natural, so how can it be harmful?” Lots of teens ask us this question, and it’s a good one—a great question, in fact. Read More »

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Teen head silhouette with Monitoring the Future title

Perception of Risk: Fewer Teens Believe Marijuana Is Harmful

Sara Bellum
January 31, 2013

Knowing the health risks that come with using or abusing drugs convinces most teens (and adults) to stay away from them. But what if you don’t think certain drugs are unsafe? Read More »

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