- Today’s marijuana potency is much stronger than that used in the 1970’s.
- THC, the principal intoxicating chemical, is stored for weeks in fatty tissues including the brain.
- Serious harmful effects influence skills needed to drive safely: concentration and reaction times.
- Using marijuana twice weekly doubles risk of depression later in life.
DID YOU KNOW?
Marijuana Use is Prevalent Among Teens
- About 12% of Americans over age 12 have used pot in the past year, and use of marijuana among high schools students has been increasing since the 1990’s.
- Fewer young people today see marijuana as dangerous. In fact, there is a trend toward the acceptance of marijuana as a “harmless herb.”
Marijuana Is Not a Harmless Drug
- The concentration of THC, the active ingredient in pot, has quadrupled since the 1980’s. Some of the new edible products can be 10 times stronger than the traditional joint.
- In 2010 there were 572,000 admissions to emergency rooms due to marijuana use.
- Marijuana contains 50-70% more carcinogens than does tobacco smoke.
Marijuana Increases Risky Behavior
- Marijuana compromises judgment, sense of timing and coordination, leading to injury or death from car accidents.
- A study of 50,000 motorists found that those who smoked pot within 3 hours of driving had twice as many car accidents as those who were sober.
Marijuana Affects Physical, Cognitive and Mental Health
- Effects include cardiac and lung problems, enhanced cancer risk, and reproductive problems.
- Marijuana is addictive – in 2012 957,000 people entered treatment to kick the habit.
- Chronic use has been linked with depression, anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations.
- Kids age 12-17 who use pot weekly are 3 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts.
- Marijuana affects the brain’s ability to concentrate and ability to retain information, leading to school problems and dropouts.
- Pot causes “amotivational syndrome,” which causes the user to lose interest in daily activities.
Your Actions Do Matter, Take Action to Prevent and Stop Abuse
- Signs of use include: dilated pupils and bloodshot eyes, and sleepy appearance, reduced motivation.
- Vaporizers make it difficult to detect by smell.
- Kids ages 12-17 identified their parents as their leading influence. They do listen to us!