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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO ARE THINKING OF USING, ARE USING, OR HAVE USED MARIJUANA (CANNABIS) DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is marijuana (cannabis)?

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is the dried flowers of the plant Cannabis sativa. The principle psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis, which produces a high, is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But cannabis also contains hundreds of other known compounds called cannabinoids, most of which do not produce a high. The main routes for taking the drug include smoking it in hand-rolled cigarettes (known as “joints”), or in other devices such as pipes, and water filled pipes known as bongs. Another principle delivery route is orally as marijuana can be mixed into baked goods, such as cookies and brownies. Marijuana is the third most commonly used drug during pregnancy, after nicotine and alcohol.


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