TOP 15 RISKS OF MARIJUANA ON HEALTH
The brain continues to grow until the mid 20s, 25 or even 27. The youthful brain is busy developing myelin to coat brain nerve cells to they conduct faster. It is also involved in synaptic pruning, selecting the best pathways and habits for the brain. During this susceptible time, exposure to any addictive drug can stunt brain development. Youth marijuana use can have long term consequences.
Marijuana has not been proven to be an effective pain reliever.
Marijuana users are more likely to have associated misuse of prescription drugs.
Marijuana Addiction, or cannabis use disorder is a DSM IV diagnosis that occurs in 9% of adults and 17% of teens who use marijuana. Chronic marijuana users are more likely to develop addiction at 25-50%.
Youth who use marijuana are 4 – 7 times more likely than adults to develop a cannabis use disorder.
Hospital visits with cannabis related diagnosis have been increasing. The ED visits have tripled in Colorado since legalization. They have increased 830% in San Diego from 2011 – 2016.
Marijuana is the most common illicit drug identified in impaired drivers.
Risk of motor vehicle collision increases 2-fold after smoking marijuana.
Long term marijuana use can impair fetal brain development
Marijuana increases the risk of stillbirths by 2.3.
Marijuana is associated with heart conditions such as fast heart rate, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, and irregular heart rate.
THC and CBD labeling is not accurate. In a study published in JAMA, 75 marijuana products from 47 different brands were tested and found only 17% label accuracy with 23% under labeled and 60 over labels with respect to THC levels. A similar study showed only 30% accuracy for CBD products.