Unlike most other drugs, people feel pretty ambivalent about marijuana and its uses. Some people view marijuana similarly to other drugs like heroin and cocaine – as a very negative and dangerous substance. Others think marijuana should be made legal across the country and view it much more positively. In fact, 57% of American adults support the legalization of marijuana.

Whichever way you view marijuana, the truth is, it can interfere with a person’s ability to function. Marijuana Use Disorder is characterized by using marijuana in large amounts for a longer time than intended; spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from marijuana; having strong cravings or urges to use marijuana; continuing to use marijuana despite physical or mental health problems that it caused or made worse; among other symptoms.

While marijuana is gaining acceptance across the United States (it is now legal in 8 states and the District of Columbia for medical and recreational use), it is still a drug that can have negative effects on the body and mind if used too much or too often.

Learn more about marijuana use and mental health below:

Fact Sheet – Risky Business Marijuana