Marijuana

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.

Risks

  • 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.

Help

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

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