Marijuana in jars on shelves.

What’s Wrong With “Medical Marijuana”?

September 08, 2014  /  The NIDA Blog Team

There are over 500 different chemicals in marijuana, in combinations that vary widely between different strains and even from plant to plant. This causes serious problems trying to use the whole marijuana leaf, or crude extracts like hash oil, as medicine. Read More »

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Image of a teenage boy with text saying, "Nearly 9 out of 10 adult smokers started before they were 18."

What Is “The Real Cost” of Using Tobacco?

May 07, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

There’s no doubt that smoking is expensive—a pack of cigarettes costs just under $5 in Kentucky and more than $14 in New York City. Read More »

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Medical Marijuana: It's Complicated

March 27, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

Doesn’t the term “medical marijuana” sound like an oxymoron? Read More »

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The Cigar Trap

Mini Cigars: The Facts Behind the Flavors

March 20, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

When you hear that something comes in strawberry, ice cream, chocolate, peach, or grape flavors, your first thoughts may be: ice cream, candy, or something made for kids. After all, manufacturers of kids’ toothpastes, medicines, and vitamins add fun flavors to make their products more appealing. Read More »

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Prescription drugs on television

Prescription Drugs on TV

October 18, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

You’ve probably seen television commercials advertising prescription drugs for any number of things—from fibromyalgia (fi-bro-my-al-ja) to depression. Read More »

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