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- The main mind-altering chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC).
- About 1 in 6 people who start smoking marijuana as teenagers become addicted.
- 25% to 50% of people who use marijuana every day become addicted.
- Marijuana use is linked to school failure.
- Local police have reported that marijuana cigarettes or blunts can be mixed with other substances, including meth.
- From the 1980 to 2012, concentrations of THC in the marijuana plant tripled.
- From 2012 to 2015, some strains have doubled to contain as much as 30% THC.
- Dabs (extracts from the marijuana plant) contain over 50% THC, with some samples exceeding 80%.
- After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often linked to fatal car crashes.
- Athletic performance can be harmed due to marijuana’s effects on timing, movement, and coordination.
- Marijuana users have withdrawal symptoms.
- Marijuana use has been linked to depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
- Studies found marijuana use to be associated with reduced educational attainment (i.e. reduced chances of graduating).
- Teens’ brains are not fully developed until they are in their mid-20s…and especially susceptible to the negative effects of any and all drug use.
The conversations around drugs, alcohol, and tobacco may be difficult to have with your child(ren) in your life, but they are also some of the most important. Have conversations early and often.