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Marijuana Information

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                                                     there is something
THEY want you to know….


What is Marijuana?

THE MOST COMMONLY USED DRUG …

Marijuana is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. In a more concentrated, resinous form, it is called hashish, wax, shatter, budder, and hash oil, just to name a few.

The main psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical in marijuana is
​delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

COMMON STREET NAMES:
WEED, POT, MARY JANE, DOPE, REEFER, GANJA, GRASS, CHRONIC, ROACH, BOOM, HERB, HEMP, SKUNK


Marijuana:      What would you like to learn?


Marijuana…. The Next BIG TOBACCO?



  • Legalization Of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact 
  • Marijuana Fact Sheet
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THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN COLORADO – THE IMPACT

THIS 13 PAGE DOCUMENT DETAILS ALL OF THE ELEMENTS TO WHICH MARIJUANA HAS IMPACTED STATE OF COLORADO FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT HTTP://WWW.RMHIDTA.ORG

FOR DOWNLOADABLE VERSION, SEE .PDF LINK BELOW 

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Fact Sheet

Marijuana… Know the facts!
From the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Click the link below!

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THC Levels are on the Rise! 

(Chart Courtesy of S.A.M. -Smart Approaches to Marijuana – ​https://learnaboutsam.org/)

The Gateway Drug

The vast majority of cocaine users (99.9%) began by first using a “gateway drug” like marijuana, cigarettes or alcohol. Of course, not everyone who smokes marijuana and hashish goes on to use harder drugs. Some never do. Others quit using marijuana altogether. But some do turn to harder drugs. One study found that youth (12 to 17 years old) who use marijuana are 85 times more likely to use cocaine than kids who do not use pot, and that 60% of the kids who smoke pot before the age of 15 move on to cocaine.

There are More pot shops in Denver than McDonald’s and Starbucks combined!                     (JTNN 2015)


RELIABLE RESEARCH

One of the best studies on the effects of cannabis (marijuana) was done in New Zealand and often referred to as the “Dunedin Cannabis Study”. This study found a drop in IQ linked to heavy teenage cannabis use. Up to 8 points! To learn more follow the link below or search “Dunedin Cannabis Study”.

Meier, M. H. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1206820109 (2012).



HARMFUL EFFECTS

The immediate effects of taking marijuana include rapid heart beat, disorientation, lack of physical coordination, often followed by depression or sleepiness. Some users suffer panic attacks or anxiety.

But the problem does not end there. According to scientific studies, the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, remains in the body for weeks or longer.

Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke. One major research study reported that a single cannabis joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to FIVE regular cigarettes smoked one after another. Long-time joint smokers often suffer from bronchitis, an inflammation of the respiratory tract.

The drug can affect more than your physical health. Studies in Australia in 2008 linked years of heavy marijuana use to brain abnormalities. This is backed up by earlier research on the long-term effects of marijuana, which indicate changes in the brain similar to those caused by long-term abuse of other major drugs. And a number of studies have shown a connection between continued marijuana use and psychosis.

Marijuana changes the structure of sperm cells, deforming them. Thus even small amounts of marijuana can cause temporary sterility in men. Marijuana use can upset a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Studies show that the mental functions of people who have smoked a lot of marijuana tend to be diminished. The THC in cannabis disrupts nerve cells in the brain affecting memory.

Cannabis is one of the few drugs which causes abnormal cell division which leads to severe hereditary defects. A pregnant woman who regularly smokes marijuana or hashish may give birth prematurely to an undersized, underweight baby. Over the last ten years, many children of marijuana users have been born with reduced initiative and lessened abilities to concentrate and pursue life goals. Studies also suggest that prenatal (before birth) use of the drug may result in birth defects, mental abnormalities and increased risk of leukemia in children.


Image Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


​REFERENCES:

Bonsor, Kevin, and Nicholas Gerbis.  “How Marijuana Works”  02 July 2001.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://science.howstuffworks.com/marijuana.htm>  16 November 2015.

http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs/health-effects#marijuana

“JUST THE FACTS: MARIJUANA AND MEDICINE.” Partnership For Drug Free Kids. Partnership for Drug Free Kids, 5 Oct. 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. <http://www.drugfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Marijuana-and-Your-Health-Just-The-Facts-Part-II.pdf>. ​

(Drug Facts: Marijuana, 2015)
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana

Hackman, Michelle. “Gateway Drugs Linked to Prescription Drug Abuse.” Yale Daily News Gateway Drugs Linked to Prescription Drug Abuse Comments. Yale Daily News, 4 Sept. 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. <http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2012/09/04/gateway-drugs-linked-to-prescription-drug-abuse/>. 

“Medical Marijuana and the Mind – Harvard Health.” Harvard Health. Harvard Health Publications, 1 Apr. 2010. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. <http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/medical-marijuana-and-the-mind>. 

(JTNN 2015)
http://www.jtnn.org/2015/02/10/guy-w-farmer-facts-medical-marijuana-via-nevada-appeal/

(Drug Free World 2014)
http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/the-truth-about-drugs.html

Meier, M. H. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1206820109 (2012).

http://www.nature.com/news/drop-in-iq-linked-to-heavy-teenage-cannabis-use-1.11278

http://www.pnas.org/content/109/40/E2657

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) For Teens 

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