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Marijuana and CBD


Marijuana use comes with risks to health. Today’s marijuana is stronger than ever before.

States that have legalized marijuana regulate the drug in widely different ways ― and often it’s not being checked for its ingredients, purity, strength, or safety.

CBD Products

Cannabidiol (CBD) ― a compound found in marijuana ― doesn’t cause a “high.”

But CBD products (sold in grocery stores, drug stores, health food stores, or medical marijuana dispensaries) are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • So there’s no federal standards for their content, purity, or potency.
  • No matter what the label says, the actual ingredients might be different (and might include dangerous synthetic compounds, pesticides, or other impurities).

Kids’ Exposure

When you’re around someone who is smoking marijuana, the smoke gets into your system too.

Marijuana edibles (like gummies, chocolates, candies, baked goods, ice cream, popcorn, sodas) often look like regular treats. One edible can contain several times the adult dose of THC (the mind-altering part of marijuana).

  • A child who eats an edible can overdose. This can be mild ― or severe (needing an Emergency Room or admission to a hospital).
  • Severe cases in young children often involve slow or shallow breathing, slow heart rate, and other problems of a slowed central nervous system.
  • If a child eats an edible, call Poison Control (800-222-1222). If symptoms seem severe, call 911.


Individuals and Families

Parents and Caregivers


Community Members and Practitioners

Cannabidiol (CBD) Potential Harm, Side Effects, and Unknowns PDF Cover

Cannabidiol (CBD) Potential Harm, Side Effects, and Unknowns

This advisory introduces readers to Cannabidiol (CBD), how it is derived and the risks and harms of CBD use.

Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth PDF Cover

Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth

The goal of this guide is to review the literature on prevention of marijuana use among youth.

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Find more resources on marijuana on the SAMHSA Store.

Need Help?

For mental or substance use disorders, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or text your zip code to 435748 (HELP4U), or use the to get help.

Last Updated
Last Updated: 06/06/2023
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