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Marijuana Health Risks and Potency
Did You Know…
THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, has tripled its potency since the early 1990s (NIDA). In 2019, three Massapequa youths were treated in a local emergency room for marijuana-related complications.
Marijuana oils and waxes are being vaped which delivers much higher levels of THC. This presents a higher risk of negative health effects and may cause psychosis or panic attacks, leading to treatment in the emergency room. Marijuana exposure during adolescent development can cause long-term or possibly permanent adverse changes in the brain (NIDA).
Today, almost any food (gummies, brownies, lollipops, etc.), can be infused with marijuana. The amount of THC concentration in edibles varies and consequently overdose symptoms are often more severe (US DEA).
Marijuana Use and Sports
Did You Know…
Research shows that marijuana use negatively affects movement, timing and coordination as well as causes damage to the lungs – all things that can harm athletic performance (National Institutes on Drug Abuse).
Marijuana adverse effects include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and severe nausea or vomiting (Center on Addiction).
Smoking marijuana may increase the risk of chronic cough, bronchitis and worsening symptoms of asthma (Partnership to End Addiction).
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