What it is
The active chemical in marijuana is THC. THC is one of several chemicals found in the marijuana plant. THC is not medicine and is illegal in the State of Iowa.
- Impaired coordination
- Difficulty thinking
- Impaired judgement
- Difficulty with problem solving
- Disrupted learning
- Disrupted memory
- Driving while impaired increases your risk for a car accident and when used with alcohol, that risk is even higher.
- With long term use one can face increased risks for respiratory issues similar to tobacco, daily cough and phlegm production, acute chest illnesses, chest infections, dependence, and addiction.
Increased Risk for Teens
Teens’ brains are not yet fully developed. This puts teens at an increased risk for the following:
- Decreased cognitive abilities lasting longer after their last use, potentially for several weeks, compared to adults.
- Decreased learning capabilities, shortened attention span, weakened verbal communication skills, and lack of motivation to set and achieve goals.
- Associations with mental illness.
- Potential for psychosis later in life. Research is continuing in this area.
Are you concerned that you might have an issue with marijuana? We are here to help!
Take the confidential https://www.recoveration.org/custom/iowa/ssi-sa.asp from Recoveration. If your score says you should seek treatment, call 319-390-4611 and ask to talk to a counselor.
If you do not feel comfortable calling ASAC, other people you can seek help from would be your school nurse, teacher, counselor, parents or other trusted adults.
What do I say?
“I don’t know what to do…”
“Can we talk?”
“I am struggling with…”
Speak up for yourself, find someone to talk to, know what your needs are, and know how to communicate
Sexual Health & Pregnancy
Physical, emotional, verbal, cultural, and sexual are all types of violence. Bullying and the intent to harm are violent behaviors. Violence can come from anyone whether they are an adult or teen as well as familiar and unfamiliar people.
Do you identify or are you questioning your gender identity and gender expression? Are you thinking about coming out to your friends and family? This is a very personal process and it is a very intimate and vulnerable time when sharing with others.