Marijuana is the most often used illegal drug in this country, and several states have legalized the possession of small amounts of the drug.

The main active chemical in marijuana and other forms of cannabis, and the one that affects the brain the most is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).

Marijuana can be rolled into a cigarette called a “joint,” or smoked as a cigar (called "blunts), smoked in a pipe or water pipe (called a “bong”), vaporized using a “vape” pen, ingested in food form (known as "edibles") such as brownies, chocolate, pizza or gummy bears or brewed as tea, or eaten or smoked in wax form (resembles lip balm texture).


  • In 2017, daily marijuana use exceeded cigarette use nationally among 10th graders and 12th graders. source

  • Regular marijuana use by young people can have long-lasting negative impacts on the structure and function of their brains. Research shows that those who used marijuana heavily in their teens and through adulthood had a significant drop in IQ. source

  • It’s not always about the smell anymore. The practice of consuming marijuana extract, a yellow, waxy substance, is called dabbing. These extracts come in various forms, hardly produce a smell (making it difficult to detect), and often contain dangerously high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical in unprocessed marijuana that provides a high. source

  • Forms of marijuana extract

    • hash oil or honey oil - a gooey liquid

    • wax or budder - a soft solid with a texture like lip balm

    • shatter - a hard, amber-colored solid

  • About one in eight high school seniors nationally reported driving under the influence of marijuana. Using marijuana compromises judgment, alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time, skills required for safe driving. source

  • More than 40% of teen marijuana smokers say that they first tried to drug before the age of 15. source

Pelham Teens and Marijuana

  • Pelham high-schoolers smoke marijuana at significantly higher levels than their national peers. source

  • Pelham high-schoolers smoke marijuana at significantly higher levels than their national peers. source

  • Of those Pelham youth who have tried marijuana, the average age when they first tried is 14.5 years old or 9th grade. source

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