Facts & Risks

Educate Your Family on Dangers of Marijuana Use

Marijuana use comes with real risks that can impact a person’s health and life.

Whether marijuana is smoked, vaped, or eaten, there are adverse effects associated with use in any form.

Studies have found marijuana is an addictive, harmful, and mind altering drug. It over-activates parts of the brain and negatively affects brain development. Marijuana leads to physical health problems, mental health problems, and risk of addiction.

With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana throughout the United States, marijuana potency has increased exponentially. Concentrates are not the traditional joint of the past. Concentrates are highly potent, THC-rich forms of marijuana that can be vaped, dabbed, and used in edibles.

Exposure to high levels of THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes impairment, increases the risks of physical dependence and addiction. Higher doses of THC are more likely to produce anxiety, agitation, paranoia, and psychosis.

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Surgeon General Advisory

“This ain’t your mother’s marijuana… the marijuana of today is significantly more potent.”

– VADM Jerome Adams, the first Surgeon General Advisory on marijuana since 1982


What do you know about marijuana

1 / 5

Using marijuana can lead to a _________ point drop in IQ.

2 / 5

How much THC can an edible have in it?

3 / 5

Cannabis use is linked to an increased risk of ______________?

4 / 5

______% of those who start using marijuana in their teens become addicted.

5 / 5

Kids are _____________ weed at alarming rates.

Your score is

The average score is 42%




Almost 30% of teens have used marijuana - this is TOO many!

Latest Studies

The association between physical availability of cannabis retail outlets and frequent cannabis use and related health harms: a systematic review ​​​| PubMed | 03/06/2024

An increasing number of regions have or are considering legalising the sale of cannabis for adult use. Experience from tobacco and alcohol regulation has found that greater access to physical retail stores is positively associated with increased substance use and harm. Whether this association exists for cannabis is unclear. We completed a systematic review examining the association between cannabis retail store access and adverse health outcomes. …Among the included analyses, there were consistent positive associations between greater cannabis retail access and 1) increased healthcare service use or poison control calls directly due to cannabis (10/12 analyses; 83%) (2) increased cannabis use and cannabis-related hospitalization during pregnancy (4/4; 100%) and 3) frequent cannabis use in adults and young adults (7/11; 64%). There was no consistent positive association between greater cannabis retail and increased frequent cannabis use in adolescents (1/4; 25%), healthcare service use potentially related to cannabis (2/6; 33%) or increased adverse neonatal birth outcomes (2/7; 26.8%). There is a positive association between greater cannabis store access and increases in cannabis harm. In countries with legal cannabis, retail restrictions may reduce use and harm.

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Development of an anxiety disorder following an emergency department visit due to cannabis use: a population-based cohort study​ ​​| eClinicalMedicine | 2/5/2024


There is ongoing uncertainty about whether cannabis use increases the risk of developing an anxiety disorder. In this study we estimated the risk of having an incident healthcare visit for an anxiety disorder following an emergency department (ED) visit for cannabis use and explored factors associated with increased risk.
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Cannabis and Driving in Older Adults​ ​​| JAMA | 1/18/2024

Key Points
Question What is the association between retail cannabis available to the consumer, driving, and associated blood tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels in people over 65 years of age?

Findings In this cohort study, 31 regular users of cannabis aged 65 to 79 years chose on average high potency (18.74% THC) THC-dominant cannabis. Weaving was increased and speed was decreased at 30 minutes after smoking, which was not correlated with blood THC concentrations; subjective experience and self-reports of impaired driving persisted for 3 hours.

Meaning These findings suggest that older drivers, even if they regularly use cannabis, show evidence of impaired driving performance after smoking cannabis.

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Cannabis Exposure and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Related to Placental Function ​​| JAMA | 12/12/2023

Key Points
Question Is maternal cannabis exposure associated with increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes related to placental function?

Findings In a multicenter observational cohort, a composite adverse pregnancy outcome (small-for-gestational-age birth, medically indicated preterm birth, stillbirth, or hypertensive disorders of pregnancy) was more frequent in pregnant individuals with cannabis exposure ascertained by a urine drug assay (25.9%; n = 610) compared with unexposed individuals (17.4%; n = 8647). The risk for an adverse outcome was higher among those who continued to use cannabis beyond the first trimester.

Meaning Cannabis use should be avoided during pregnancy to optimize maternal and neonatal outcomes.

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Associations Between Cannabis Use and Mental Distress in Young People: A Longitudinal Study​​ ​​| SAHM | 12/8/2023


Despite a large number of studies on the relation between cannabis use and mental distress in adolescence, results are inconclusive regarding the nature of this association. The aim of the present study is to expand this body of research by analyzing the within-person association between changes in cannabis use and changes in mental distress among young people.

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Latest NEWS Commentary

High-potency marijuana highlights the risk of cannabis-induced psychiatric disorders ​| NBC | 4/24/2024

As more states legalize recreational cannabis products, there’s been greater consumer demand for more powerful weed, raising the possible of risk of psychiatric disorders.

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Weed Is Dangerous. Legalizing It Was a Mistake ​| The Free Press | 3/12/2024

For years, cannabis advocates claimed that legalizing recreational marijuana would benefit America. But more than a decade into the experiment, it’s clear that legalization has been nothing short of a disaster.

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Expert sounds alarm on danger of hemp products: ‘A matter of life and death’​​ ​| FOX News | 12/20/2023

Protect Our Kids CEO Luke Niforatos discusses growing concerns among parents and medical workers over children’s exposure to hemp-driven products.

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Marijuana use during pregnancy linked to low birth weight, study finds​​ ​| NBC News | 12/12/2023

Researchers looked at data on more than 9,000 pregnant women and found that the risks associated with marijuana use went up the more marijuana a pregnant person consumed.

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From 18 year-old who shot his girlfriend’s baby while high on marijuana to stoned babysitter who let TWO toddlers drown: we reveal how cannabis has led to nearly 300 brutal child deaths​ ​| Daily Mail | 11/28/2023

At least 290 American children have suffered brutal, preventable deaths linked to marijuana over the last decade, according to an analysis seen exclusively by DailyMail.com.

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