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Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol: What to Know About THC

What is the most important information I should know about THC?

  • THC affects the brain’s reward system and can lead to addiction. Treatments are available that can help.
  • Although state laws may vary, products containing more than 0.3% THC are illegal according to federal law.
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THC or Delta-9- Tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive substance found in marijuana. This substance affects the brain by causing a “high”. This substance is one of over 500 substances found in marijuana. THC is one of the most recognized substances in marijuana, however it’s important to note that CBD or cannabinol is also present in marijuana. Marijuana can be highly addictive, which can lead to serious side effects and marijuana dependence. Long-term marijuana use also poses a risk of developing health conditions such as schizophrenia (psychosis) and other related conditions. Those who use marijuana for longer periods of time have a greater chance of addiction. The FDA has not approved the use of marijuana to treat mental health conditions, this is very important to take into consideration.

Research into the effects of THC (or delta-9-THC) is complicated by many factors, but there is sufficient evidence that THC can be harmful, particularly to younger people whose brains are still developing.

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If you find it difficult to quit marijuana use here are some recommended and helpful options:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps people identify and correct behaviors associated with drug use
  • Contingency management, a treatment approach that involves receiving rewards when a desired behavior occurs (or does not occur)
  • Motivational enhancement therapy, which promotes an internal desire for change and motivation to engage in treatment

Consider your health, and the health of those around you. Using marijuana has been proven harmful and can also increase the risk of developing mental health conditions and addiction. Seeking help for marijuana use will improve your life and liberate you from substance use addiction. Contact the  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for support and best treatment options, or reach out to your health care provider for support.

Heritage Vocabulary in Mandarin

  • 大麻 (Da ma) – Marijuana
  • 预防 (Yu fang) – Prevention
  • 吸毒 (Xi du) – Drug use
  • 戒毒 (Jie du) – Drug rehabilitation
  • 违法 (Wei fa) – Illegal



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