Marijuana & Health

  1. Background
  2. Legalization
  3. Youth & Marijuana
  4. Parent Information
  5. Safe & Responsible Adult Use
  6. How to Get Help
  7. More Resources


Marijuana - also known as pot, weed, bud, grass, reefer, herb, or Mary Jane - is mixture of dried leaves, stems, and flowers of the cannabis plant. The active component in cannabis is called THC; this is what produces the “high” feeling associated with using marijuana. The chemical content and THC potency vary based on the type of marijuana product and how it is used.


People use marijuana in a number of ways. It can be smoked in hand-rolled cigarettes (joints), pipes, water pipes (bongs), or cigars (blunts).  It can be consumed in food, such as in brownies or cookies, commonly called “edibles.” A newer method of using marijuana is vaping, which often involves the use of devices like e-cigarettes. 


Another method growing in popularity is “dabbing.” When users “dab,” they inhale cannabis vapor from concentrates, oils or extracts using a “dab rig,” which delivers a very strong dose of THC in a very short period of time.

Legal for Adults over 21 Does Not Equal Safe for Youth