Other Substances

Marijuana Awareness

Marijuana is an illicit drug made up of the dried leaves and female flowers of the cannabis sativa plant. This substance, although legalized for use in some states of the U.S.A., is classified as a Schedule I substance by the federal government meaning that it is considered to have a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment, and there exists a lack of acceptable safety for its use under medical supervision. According to the Epidemiological Profile done on Guam in 2011, about one in three youth are current marijuana users. In fact, Guam’s youth generally use marijuana on a lifetime and current basis more than the youth of the U.S.A.

What Marijuana Affects


Marijuana affects your brain..

THC (active ingredient in marijuana) damages nerve cells in parts of your brain

Marijuana affects your self-control...

Marijuana can alter your sense of time and coordination

Marijuana affects your lungs...

There are over 400 known chemicals in marijuana. A single joint contains quadruple the amount of cancer-causing tar as a filtered cigarette

Marijuana affects other aspects of your life...

Marijuana can limit your body’s ability to fight off infection, increase your heart rate, and lead to frequent chest colds. Some research has shown that long-term use may increase the risk for developing certain mental illnesses

Marijuana is not always what it seems...

Before it is sold, marijuana can be laced with other substances without your knowledge

Marijuana can be addictive

Some marijuana users may develop a sense of dependence on the drug. A twenty year study, from 1993-2013, showed that 1 in 10 people developed a dependence.

Where to Get Help and Information 


Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center


Drug and Alcohol Branch 475-5438/39

Prevention and Training Branch 477-2301-4

Sanctuary Inc.

For Adolescents 24-Hr Hotline: 475-7100/7101

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information


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