New Marijuana information, research and resources are available

March, 2017:
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October, 2016: (click on the images for the full sized documents)

Therapeutic Cannabis in New Hampshire –                  Child Safety Tips for Parents & 
Laws and Responsible Use:                                           Grandparents:      

Effects on the body:        Marijuana use &              Marijuana: Pregnancy      
Medical Use:
                                         educational outcomes:   & newborns:              

The State of NH has issued a Collective Action Issue Brief #4: MARIJUANA USE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE Marijuana Issue Brief 2014 (2)

  • Marijuana is stronger and more hazardous today! It’s a green/brown mixture of dried shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers from the hemp plant. Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette called a “joint.” It can also be smoked in a water pipe “bong,” mixed in food and/or brewed as tea. Street names include: Weed, Aunt Mary, Boom, Chronic, Dope ganja, Gangster, Grass, Hash, Herb, Kif, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, and Sinsemilla.
  • Marijuana is mind-altering and affects your ability to learn. THC (the active ingredient) affects the nerve cells in the brain reducing motivation, ability to speak and to remember things.
  • Marijuana affects your self-control interfering with your life. Marijuana can seriously affect your sense of time, perception, and coordination, impacting things like driving, school, and work.
  • Marijuana can be addictive. It can also lead to the use of other drugs.
  • Marijuana affects your lungs. A single joint contains four times as much cancer-causing tar as a filtered cigarette. You can develop breathing problems like cigarette smokers: coughing, wheezing, colds and/or lung infections.
  • Marijuana is not always what it appears to be. Marijuana can be laced with other dangerous drugs without your knowledge (such as crack cocaine, or PCP).
  • Marijuana is illegal. Buying, selling or having small amounts can lead to an arrest.

If you know someone who smokes marijuana, urge him/her to stop or get help. If you’re smoking marijuana – stop! The longer you ignore the real facts, the more chances you take with your health and well-being.

Marijuana Facts for Teens:

Quick Facts-
  • Most teenagers do not use Marijuana
  • Marijuana is addictive. About 1 in 6 people who start using as a teen, and 25–50 percent of those who use it every day, become addicted to marijuana.
  • Marijuana and driving do not mix. It is the most common illegal drug found in drivers who die in accidents (around 14 percent of drivers), sometimes in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
  • Marijuana affects the brain—altering memory, judgment, and motor skills.
  • Among youth receiving substance abuse treatment, marijuana accounts for the largest percentage of admissions: 61 percent of those under 15, and 56 percent of those 15–19.
What is marijuana? Are there different kinds?
Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp, or cannabis, plant. It goes by many different names—pot, herb, weed, grass—and stronger forms include sinsemilla (sin-seh-ME-yah), hashish (“hash” for short), and hash oil.

How does marijuana exert its effects?
All forms of marijuana are mind-altering (psychoactive). In other words, they change how the brain works. Marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals, including THC (delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol). Since THC is the main active chemical in marijuana, the amount of THC in marijuana determines its strength or potency and therefore its effects. The THC content of marijuana has been increasing since the 1980s.

What happens if you smoke marijuana?
Some people feel nothing at all when they smoke marijuana. Others may feel relaxed or high. Some experience sudden feelings of anxiety and paranoid thoughts (more likely with stronger varieties of marijuana). Regular use of marijuana has also been associated with depression, anxiety, and an amotivational syndrome, which means a loss of drive or ambition, even for previously rewarding activities. Marijuana also often makes users feel hungry. Its effects can be unpredictable, especially when other drugs are mixed with it.

In the short-term, marijuana can cause:
  • problems with learning and memory;
  • distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch);
  • diminished motor coordination; and
  • increased heart rate.

But marijuana affects each person differently according to:
  • biology (e.g., his or her genes);
  • marijuana’s strength or potency (how much THC it has);
  • the circumstances of its use and expectations of effects;
  • previous experience with the drug;
  • how it’s taken (smoked versus ingested); and
  • whether alcohol or other drugs are involved.

What are the activities/behaviors most likely to be affected?
  • Learning: Marijuana’s effects on attention and memory make it difficult not only to learn something new, but to do complex tasks that require focus and concentration or the stringing together of a lot of information sequentially.
  • Sports: Marijuana affects timing, movement, and coordination, which can throw off athletic performance.
  • Judgment: Marijuana, like most abused substances, can alter judgment and reduce inhibitions. This can lead to risky behaviors that can expose the user to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

How does smoking marijuana affect the lungs?
Someone who smokes marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers do, such as daily cough, more frequent upper respiratory illnesses, and a greater risk of lung infections like pneumonia. As with tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke consists of a toxic mixture of gases and tiny particles, many of which are known to harm the lungs. 

Although we don’t yet know if marijuana causes lung cancer, many people who smoke marijuana also smoke cigarettes, which do cause cancer—and smoking marijuana can make it harder to quit tobacco use.

More Facts & Information on Marijuana

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Helpful Links

Counseling Services:

Seacoast Mental Health Center – Promoting recovery since 1963

Webster Place Recovery Center – Where recovery works

Drug Information Facts:


MDMA Research Report

Molly Fact Sheet

Family Support:

Families First – Support for families, health care for all.

A Safe Place – Saving lives and creating futures

A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain

Boys Town – Saving children, healing families.

NIEHS Activities – Spend time with you child and have some fun – Games, Puzzles, Experiments

Family Day – Family dinners are an effective way to help keep America’s kids substance free


Drug Free NH is a collaborative effort of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. – Find the support, tools, resources, & answers you need as a parent or guardian.

PARENTS. The Anti-Drug.

CADCA – Building drug-free communities

Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free

New Futures – Advocate, educate, collaborate to reduce alcohol and other drugs in New Hampshire.

National Organization for Youth Safety

Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention

Free Online Alcohol Prevention Course for Parents

Talking to Kids: Drug and Alcohol Help Resources

National Alliance for Marijuana Prevention – Top Ten reasons. The issues are complicated, the answer is simple. - An informational site with in depth guides and resources about addiction and ways to seek recovery.

Self Injury Prevention:

S.A.F.E. Alternatives – Self Abuse Finally Ends

Suicide Prevention:

The Connect Project – Training professionals and communities and suicide prevention and responses

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Alliance on Mental Illness


Granite Pathways Regional Access Points: Regional Access Point Services is a statewide network, accessible by phone or in person to help New Hampshire residents struggling with addiction, to get the timely, supportive services they need; helping both individuals and families navigate the complex systems of care to real solutions.

Road to a Better Life – Free yourself from your struggle with dependence. Nine locations throughout New Hampshire: Somersworth, Newington, Merrimack, Concord, Plymouth, North Conway, Littleton, Wolfeboro and Lebanon.

Addiction Recovery Services – Evidence-based treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health symptoms. Portsmouth and Salem, NH locations. Intensive Outpatient Programs and Aftercare offered.

NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator - Treatment for problems with alcohol or drug abuse is available. Find a provider in your area.

SAMHSA - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Opioid Treatment Program Directory.

Addiction Center: Helping you find an inpatient drug rehab in New Hampshire.