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

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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Cannabis Use in Adolescent and Young Adult Athletes: A Clinical Review​ ​​| PubMed | 11/10/2023

Context: Cannabis use among the general population has increased over time, in part due to decriminalization of use and greater social acceptance of cannabis use. These changes have contributed to increased availability of cannabis products, thus raising the likelihood that a subset of adolescent and young adult athletes will use cannabis. Therefore, it is imperative that clinicians and other providers working with young athletes have a thorough understanding of the impact cannabis can have on the athletic performance and overall health of a young athlete.

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Latest NEWS Commentary

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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Risks of marijuana and THC on the heart: What you need to know​ ​| NBC | 11/18/2023

Americans are getting high in record numbers. As more people use marijuana, growing evidence suggests marijuana may be linked to certain heart problems. What’s not clear is whether the heart risks are from smoking marijuana or if it’s the THC in weed that could be harmful.

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Driving while stoned leads to more traffic accidents in a country where marijuana is legal​ ​| CNN | 9/6/2023

Being stoned behind the wheel can be more dangerous than driving drunk in Canada, where recreational cannabis was legalized in 2018, according to a new study.

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