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Key Facts about using marijuana

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Although a single dose of cannabis is considered 10 mg of THC, start smaller to prevent getting too high.

Health Effects

Cannabis can impair your reaction time, coordination, concentration, and ability to drive. 

Underage Risks

Regular use of marijuana in your teens and early 20s can physically alter your brain and cause permanent harm.

Tips and Health Facts for Adults 21+

Everyone reacts differently to weed. Certain factors like method, previous experience, and the amount can affect your overall experience. If you’re going to use you should be aware of these 7 things.

  1. Start with small doses of THC
    Many plants now contain higher amounts of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis that affects your brain and behavior. Some methods of use, like dabbing, vaping, and eating edibles, can contain higher doses. Read the labels carefully to understand the dosage in each product. Even though 10 mg is considered a single dose, it’s better to test with smaller amounts first.
  2. Go slow with edibles
    It takes the average person 30 minutes to feel anything at all and up to 2 hours to feel the full effects of the dose. It’s important to pace yourself and wait enough time before taking more. Eating too many edibles too fast may cause you to get too high, and even put you at risk of marijuana poisoning.
  3. Understand the effects of THC
    Cannabis directly impacts the brain, specifically the parts responsible for memory, learning, attention, decision making, coordination, emotions, and reaction time. Marijuana intoxication—having high concentrations of THC in your system—can make you feel relaxed, sleepy, and euphoric, but it can also impair your judgement and motor skills.
  4. Don’t drive under the influence
    Driving a vehicle or operating a watercraft after using cannabis is illegal. While you may think you’re more alert, you’re not. In fact, it slows your reaction time and can cause you to lane weave, which can lead to accidents.
  5. Know what you are vaping
    Scientists don’t know all the health consequences of using vaping products, but the vapor may also contain ammonia, hydrocyanic acid, nitrosamines, and components of tar. Additionally, the processes of heating vape liquid can expose you to cancer-causing chemicals (like formaldehyde), and toxic metals that can cause brain damage (like lead).
  6. Be aware of the health risks
    Smoke from cannabis contains many of the same toxins and chemicals found in tobacco smoke in the same quantities, and inhaling it can increase your risk of developing lung problems.
  7. Store cannabis in a secure location
    Cannabis can put children and pets at risk for cannabis toxicity and could result in needing medical attention. Protect others from accidentally consuming marijuana by keeping products in child-resistant packaging and in a locked place they can’t get into or find.

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Health Risks for Young Adults and Teens

Your brain doesn’t fully develop until your mid-20s. Using before then can have a lasting impact on your health and future. See why using at a young age can be problematic below.

Brain Development

Using at a young age can cause physical changes in the brain that can permanently harm your memory, learning, and attention.

Lung Problems

Inhaling the toxins and chemicals found in marijuna smoke, like ammonia and components of tar, can increase your risk of developing lung problems.

Mental Health

Those who use marijuana may be more likely to develop anxiety, depression, and thoughts of suicide.

Your Record

If you are caught under the age of 21 with any amount, you and the person who supplied the weed could face legal consequences.

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