Middletown Prevention Coalition
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a green or grey mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. The main active
chemical in marijuana, also present in other forms of cannabis, is THC (delta9-tetrahdrocannabinol). Of roughly
400 chemicals found in cannabis, THC affects the brain the most. Rhode Island has the unfortunate distinction of being a state with one
of the highest incidence of past month marijuana use amongst people 12 years and older, 15.75% versus 9.23% in the US overall.
Why Some Teens Use:
- For Relaxation
- To Self-Medicate
- Peer Pressure
- To Escape
Effect on Education:
Marijuana can impact your students’ achievement in the classroom,
their ability to concentrate, and stifle their potential!
Heavy Marijuana Use in Teens is Linked to:
- Lower Grades
- Higher Drop-Out Rate
- Marijuana Dependence More Likely
- Less Information Retention
- Less Job Retention
“Teens who use marijuana daily before the age of 17 are more than 60% less likely to get their high school diploma than those who have never used pot, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry.”
Marijuana’s Effect on Mental Health
Marijuana & Psychosis
Marijuana can increase the risk of psychosis — a severe mental disorder in which thoughts, and emotions, are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality — five-fold. Direct associations have been made between the frequency of marijuana use and higher THC potency with the development of mental health issues (psychosis, depression, anxiety, suicidality, reshaping of brain matter, and addiction). We know that almost 60 percent of new marijuana users each year are under age 18. Marijuana is the number 1 reason adolescents are admitted for substance-abuse treatment in the U.S.
Marijuana & Anxiety
Chronic use of marijuana will “down-regulate” — or decrease the availability of — brain receptors responsible for reducing anxiety. This
may also trigger “a vicious cycle” of increasing marijuana use that in some cases lead to addiction.
Marijuana & Depression
Research suggests direct associations between frequency of marijuana use, higher TCH potency and depression.
Marijuana & Addiction
Research shows that 1 in 11 of all marijuana users will become addicted. If a person begins using under the age of 18, it increases to 1 in 6 people.
What are Edibles?
Edibles are finding their way to youth due to the increasing amount of medical marijuana recipients and their appealing forms and packaging to youth. In Rhode Island, there are stringent laws on packaging labels, colors, and child-proof characteristics. However, these safety precautions do not reduce the in-house access and availability of the products to youth, so it is important to lock up any and all medical marijuana! Marijuana concentrates that contain high levels of THC can be mixed into a wide variety of foods, such as candies, baked goods, chocolates, drinks, and cooking oils!
Inhaling Marijuana: Takes a few minutes to feel the affects 12% to 28% THC Levels. Dried marijuana has a stronger scent, so it’s easier to recognize. Ingesting Marijuana Takes 20 minutes to 3 hours to digest and be absorbed into the bloodstream through the liver Amounts of THC are much greater and very difficult to measure. Has virtually no scent, making it easy for discrete consumption. Marijuana-infused products are easily disguised, often undetectable providing a discreet means of bringing them to school, workplaces and other public places for consumption or distribution