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MARIJUANA + TEENS

RISKS + EFFECTS
TEENS

A teen’s brain is still under construction.

Heavy use of this drug can have lasting effects. This potential for permanent damage is why states that have legalized marijuana make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase or use the drug.

THE DAMAGE HEAVY MARIJUANA USE CAN DO INCLUDES:

  • Addiction
  • Psychosis that leads to panic
  • Increased heart rate
  • Distorted perception
  • Impaired athletic abilities involving timing, movement and coordination
  • Impaired driving skills, including alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time
  • Impaired academic skills including decreased attention, memory, learning and intelligence
  • Impaired judgment resulting in risky behaviors
  • Chronic cough
  • Higher risk of lung infections
  • Increased risk of mental health problems

WARNING SIGNS TEENS

Know the warning signs.

Since marijuana use is a naturally hidden vice, it can be difficult to detect usage that comes with this drug.

HERE’S WHAT TO LOOK FOR IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR TEEN IS USING MARIJUANA:

Dizziness

Rapid heart rate

Unusual loss of inhibitions

Increased appetite

Red eyes or use of eye drops

Sleepy or lethargic behavior

Lack of coordination

Reduced motivation and lack of interest in usual activities

Impaired memory

A smell on clothes, or the use of incense or other deodorizers

Owning clothing, posters or jewelry encouraging drug use

Possession of pipes, rolling papers, small bottles of oil, eyedroppers and small metal clips

Increased irritability

Clear the smoke.
Marijuana isn’t safe, especially for teens.
MARIJUANA + ADULTS

RISKS + EFFECTS
ADULTS

A potent recipe for trouble.

Beyond the physical damage adults risk, there are other potential negative consequences.

THE DAMAGE HEAVY MARIJUANA USE CAN DO INCLUDES:

  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Higher risk of angina and heart attack for
    older adults with heart disease
  • Higher risk of psychotic episodes for
    people who are vulnerable to psychosis
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Negative effects on memory and attention
  • Impaired driving skills from a lack of
    alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time

WARNING SIGNS
ADULTS

Heavy marijuana use can damage your life in subtle but long-term ways.

 

HERE’S WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN DETECTING HEAVY MARIJUANA USE:

 

Dizziness

Increased appetite

Red eyes or use of eye drops

Impaired memory

Rapid heart rate

Sleepy or lethargic behavior

Lack of coordination

Confusion and lack of focus

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