Marijuana is the most used illicit drug in the United States. It acts by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain to produce a variety of effects, including euphoria, intoxication, and memory and motor impairments.
These same cannabinoid receptors are also critical for brain development.
1. Marijuana and its related products are widely available in multiple forms. These products can be eaten, drunk, smoked, and vaped
2. Marijuana contains varying levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component responsible for euphoria and intoxication, and cannabidiol (CBD).
3. Marijuana has changed over time. The marijuana available today is much stronger than previous versions.
4. Marijuana can also impair learning in adolescents.
5. The risks of physical dependence, addiction, and other negative consequences increase with exposure to high concentrations of THC7 and the younger the age of initiation. Higher doses of THC are more likely to produce anxiety, agitation, paranoia, and psychosis.
6. Edible marijuana takes time to absorb and to produce its effects, increasing the risk of unintentional overdose, as well as accidental ingestion by children.
7. Deficits in attention and memory have been detected in marijuana-using teens even after a month of abstinence.
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