Evidence clearly shows that using marijuana has health risks. As marijuana containing higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is becoming more commonplace, the use of this stronger type of marijuana can contribute to increased health risks. In fact, today’s marijuana is stronger than marijuana from many years ago. Studies show that the average level of THC, the principal “mind-altering” component of marijuana, has increased by 300% to 400% over the last few decades . . .
Youth are especially vulnerable to the health effects of marijuana use because adolescence is a critical time for brain development. Having THC in the brain at such a critical time can therefore interfere with brain development and harm brain function. It can also increase the risk of triggering a psychotic episode or a mental illness such as schizophrenia.
Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug among youth today.
Teenagers and their parents or guardians are often unaware of the many mental and physical health risks linked to marijuana use. In fact, today’s marijuana is stronger than marijuana from many years ago. The use of this stronger type of marijuana can contribute to increased health risks. While the dangers of marijuana use affect people of all ages, young people are especially vulnerable.
The science is clear
Marijuana use equals health risks.
Marijuana use can impair your concentration, your ability to think and make decisions, and your coordination. This can affect your motor skills, including your ability to drive.
Marijuana use may increase anxiety and cause panic attacks, and in some cases cause hallucinations.
Marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada. Possession and use of marijuana remains illegal in Canada unless authorized by a health care provider.
A Message From The Government of Canada: Marijuana Use Can Damage A Teen For Life
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