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

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

Latest Studies

Cannabis use and risks of respiratory and all-cause morbidity and mortality: a population-based, data-linkage, cohort study | BMJ | 6/27/2022

Abstract

Introduction Although cannabis is frequently used worldwide, its impact on respiratory health is characterised by controversy.

Objective To evaluate the association between cannabis use and respiratory-related emergency room (ER) visits and hospitalisations.

Methods A retrospective, population-based, cohort study was carried out, linking health survey and health administrative data for residents of Ontario, Canada, aged 12–65 years, between January 2009 and December 2015. Individuals self-reporting cannabis use within the past year were matched to control individuals (people who reported never using cannabis, or used cannabis only once, and more than 12 months ago) in upwards of a 1:3 ratio on 31 different variables, using propensity score matching methods. Respiratory-related and all-cause ER visits or hospitalisations, and all-cause mortality, were evaluated up to 12 months following the index date.

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Vaping Cannabinoid Acetates Leads to Ketene Formation | ChemRXiv | 7/2/2022

Abstract

Delta-8 THC acetate is a relatively new psychoactive cannabis product that is available online and in vape shops across the US since it is currently unregulated. Because it contains a similar substructure to vitamin E acetate, which has been shown to form the poison gas ketene during vaping, we investigated potential ketene formation from delta-8 THC acetate, as well as other cannabinoids acetates, CBN acetate and CBD acetate, under vaping conditions. Ketene was consistently observed in vaped condensates from all three acetates as well as from a commercial delta-8 THC acetate product purchased online.

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Marijuana use in children: An update focusing on pediatric tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol use | PubMed | 7/2/2022

Abstract

Cannabis is the most used recreational drug in the United States, and its use is increasing among children and adolescents.  With the increase in legalized use, there have been increases in intentional and accidental cannabis exposure in the pediatric population. There is also minimized perceived risk.  We review the current use of cannabis and its derivatives, the drug effects and clinical presentation, common misconceptions, pharmacology, and epidemiology. Finally, we review some long‐term consequences of cannabis use.

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Marijuana-induced myocarditis in a 24-year-old man | PubMed | 7/7/2022

Abstract

As marijuana, the most widely-used illicit drug in adolescents and adults, has some unknown side effects, marijuana abuse has become a public health concern. Also, marijuana affects different organs such as heart in its rate, rhythm and coronary flow; it eventually leads to events such as myocardial infarction and rarely myocarditis. A 24-year-old man without any medical history or cardiovascular risk factors presented with chest pain after marijuana consumption. Based on electrocardiogram, myocardial cytolysis and transthoracic echocardiography acute myocarditis diagnosis was established. A few days later, transthoracic echocardiography showed a small clot in apex with reduced left ventricle ejection fraction, in the absence of local akinesia. The patient was discharged with oral anticoagulant stable and without any symptoms. The myocarditis after marijuana abuse is rare. The physicians should include acute myocarditis in differential diagnosis of a patient with chest pain after using marijuana.

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Cannabis smoking increases the risk of suicide ideation and suicide attempt in young individuals of 11–21 years: A systematic review and meta-analysis | Science Direct | 7/2022

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Background
Cannabis is the most frequently consumed drug around the world. Its use has been associated with increased suicide behaviors; nonetheless, the association of cannabis smoking and suicide behaviors in adolescents has not yet been established. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the risk of suicide attempt, suicidal ideation or suicide planning in individuals of 11–21 years of age who smoke cannabis.

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Latest NEWS Commentary

Highly potent weed creating marijuana addicts worldwide, study says ​| CNN | 7/25/2022

(CNN) Higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC — the part of the marijuana plant that makes you high — are causing more people to become addicted in many parts of the world, a new review of studies found.

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Experts worry next-gen pot products can cause psychotic episodes ​| CNBC | 7/2/2022

Correspondent Steve Patterson joins Shep Smith to report on next-generation pot products with THC levels so high, they can lead to psychotic episodes.

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EXCLUSIVE: How California’s legal cannabis dream became a public health nightmare: It’s a class B drug in the UK – but in the US state it’s led to spiraling addiction, psychotic illnesses, and hospitals facing a deluge of poisonings | Daily Mail | 7/2/2022

A row of luxury ‘healing’ creams is guarded by a locked glass cabinet, gilded in gold trim.

The packaging is stylishly minimal – clean and white with small black typeface – and beside the tubs sit decorative, artificial fruit and images of sprawling fields, with a small flyer to remind customers of the high-quality, organic nature of the products.

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North Carolina House Republicans Block Senate-Passed Medical Marijuana Bill | Marijuana Moment | 6/23/2022

A Senate-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana in North Carolina is effectively dead this session, with House Republican lawmakers reportedly deciding not to allow it to advance further following an internal caucus vote.

The legislation from Sen. Bill Rabon (R) cleared the Senate earlier this month in a strongly bipartisan vote. But questions were already being raised about its prospects in the House, where GOP leadership had been consistently signaling that they were reluctant to move the legislation this year.

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Doctors push for warning label on California pot, sound alarm about cannabis-induced psychosis | The Washington Times | 6/17/2022

Doctors in California are pushing to include warnings about health risks on cannabis packaging akin to requirements on cigarette makers.

They want sellers to outline risks to youth, drivers and pregnant women, especially if they are first-time users and consuming products with a high concentration of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

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