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Get the Facts: Marijuana

Marijuana use is linked to depression, anxiety, suicide, and psychotic episodes.

More than half of teens aged 12-17 receiving addiction treatment are being treated for addiction to marijuana.

50 %

Heavy use of marijuana ruins your ability to concentrate and retain information.

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Teens who use marijuana frequently had up to an 8 point drop in IQ.

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Using marijuana before age 18 makes you four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana addiction as an adult.

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Dangers of Marijuana

Not only does marijuana use cause impaired short-term memory, perception, judgment, and loss of motor skills, but heavy marijuana usage in teens can permanently decrease your IQ.

A recent study shows that 30% of schizophrenia cases among young men could have been prevented if they had avoided chronic cannabis use.

When smoked, THC from marijuana goes into the bloodstream and then to the brain. High doses of marijuana can also be linked to depression, anxiety, suicide, and even provoke a psychotic episode, or temporary break with reality.

Short-term effects include problems with:

  • Memory.
  • Learning.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Coordination.

Symptoms of long-term use

Frequent long-term use can cause:

  • Physical dependence.
  • Psychological addiction.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Emphysema.
  • Bronchial asthma.
  • Schizophrenia.

What it looks like

Marijuana is a mix of dried green or brown flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves.

It usually looks green, brown, or gray and can look like tobacco.

Sometimes it may be purple, orange, or reddish in color. Marijuana can also come in liquid form as a concentrated THC extract known as liquid THC.

Myth: Marijuana isn’t addictive

Of all the teenagers who are receiving addiction treatment, more than half (55%) of 12-17 year olds – are being treated for addiction to marijuana.

What You Need to Know

  • There have been recent reports that black-market marijuana has been unknowingly laced with fentanyl, a drug smaller than a grain of salt that can kill you.
  • This drug is so small that you can’t see it and often leads to death.
  • In addition to fentanyl, marijuana can be laced with other psychoactive drugs or chemicals such as:
      • Lead or other heavy metals.
      • Glass.
      • Heroin.
      • Embalming fluid – used to preserve DEAD BODIES.
      • Laundry detergent.
      • Methamphetamine.

Common names

Dope, Mary Jane, and Reefer. Liquid THC might be referred to as Green Dragon, Mayzack, or Tink.