Calif ornia Cannabis Health Information Initiative-Youth and Cannabis
Cannabis (marijuana, weed, pot, etc.) may affect your educational and professional goals and how successful you are in life. Because your health and future are important to you, here are some things you should learn about how cannabis use influences your body and brain.
Cannabis Affects Your Health
Like cigarettes, smoking cannabis is harmful to your lungs. The smoke from cannabis has many of the same toxins and chemicals found in cigarette smoke, and when inhaled it can increase your risk of developing lung problems.
The way cannabis is grown has changed and some plants now have higher levels of THC. High levels of THC can lead to poisoning, especially with edibles like cookies.
Regular cannabis use has been linked to anxiety, depression, and suicide, especially for teens with a family history of mental illness.
Cannabis use increases the risk of schizophrenia, although it is not common. The more cannabis you use, the higher the risk.
Using cannabis as a teen can lead to cannabis dependence and increase your risk for using or abusing other substances and illegal drugs.
Cannabis Affects Your Brain
Your brain is still developing. Using cannabis regularly in your teens and early 20s may lead to physical changes in your brain.
Research shows that when you use cannabis your memory, learning, and attention are harmed. Some studies suggest a permanent impact as well.
Most Teens Are Not Using Cannabis
In 2016, most high school students in California reported they were not using cannabis. Only about 15 percent (less than 1 in 5) reported using cannabis in the past 30 days.
Cannabis Impacts Your Goals
The harmful e˜ects of cannabis on your brain may impact your educational and professional goals and how successful you are in life.15 Research shows that if you start using cannabis before you are 18 or use cannabis regularly you may be at higher risk for:
− Skipping classes
− Getting lower grades
− Unemployment or not getting the job that you’d like to have
Cannabis A˜ects Your Driving
Cannabis can negatively a˜ect the skills you need to drive safely, including reaction time, coordination, and concentration.
Driving under the influence of cannabis increases your risk of getting into a car crash.
If You Break the Law
If you are under 21 and caught in possession of cannabis you will be required to complete drug education or counseling and community service (unless you have a valid physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card).
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