National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Marijuana is the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Marijuana is a dry, shredded mix of flowers, stems, seeds and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. People usually smoke it as a cigarette or in a pipe. It is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States.
Abusing marijuana can result in problems with memory, learning and social behavior. It can interfere with family, school, work and other activities.
Scientific studies are underway to test the safety and usefulness of cannabis compounds for treating certain medical conditions. Currently, smoking marijuana is not recommended for the treatment of any disease or condition.
NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)