Two revised National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) resources for families on the facts about marijuana are being released in conjunction with National Prevention Week 2014.
Marijuana Facts for Teens discusses marijuana's health effects on young people, including information about the developing brain and about addiction risk. Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know includes guidance for talking to a young person about marijuana amid the active public debate on marijuana legalization.
Each publication also includes updated information on what the science says about marijuana's various chemical compounds and their potential therapeutic uses.
The publications now are available online, with Marijuana Facts for Teens also available in print and Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know soon to be issued in print as well. The resources were scheduled to be released on the National Prevention Week day dedicated to the prevention of prescription drug abuse and marijuana use.