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Clinton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition supports the prevention of marijuana use among youth with resources to guide both youth and parents.
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MARIJUANA PREVENTION

 

Marijuana is the most common illicit drug used in the United States by teens as well as adults. Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and 400 other negative chemicals. Currently, there is a growing belief by youth that marijuana is a safe drug. This misperception is more than likely the result of present public discussions about medical marijuana and the public debate over the drug’s legal status. In addition, some teens youth and adults believe marijuana cannot be harmful because it is “natural.” Although, not everything ‘natural’ is good for you, especially certain natural plants—take tobacco or water hemlock, for example.

WHY IS MARIJUANA NOT SAFE?

Marijuana contains THC.

 

When marijuana is smoked, THC, a mind altering drug, quickly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, which carries it to organs throughout the body, including the brain. Marijuana triggers the release of dopamine in the brain’s reward centers, creating the pleasurable feelings or “highs,” although, it also comes with the negative effects of changes in mood, lack of coordination, difficulty with thinking and disrupts learning and memory. A recent study followed people from age 13 to 38 and found that those who used marijuana a lot in their teens had up to an 8 point drop in IQ, even if they quit in adulthood. (Zalesky A, Solowij N, Yücel M, et al. Effect of long-term cannabis use on axonal fibre connectivity. Brain)

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MARIJUANA USE IS DANGEROUS

While students in Clinton county from 7th to 11th grade showed the perception that marijuana was easily accessible and available, it was positive to see that those same students showed parental disapproval was still very high. (Clinton County MiPHY 2013-2014 Youth Survey). The less students perceive that marijuana is easy to get, the better. The more students perceive that use is risky, that it’s wrong, or that their parents disapprove, the better. Our Coalition has learned that even as teens, children care about what parents say. We ask that you to express a no use attitude. Communicate and be open with your teen, guide them on the importance of healthy behaviors and establish clear and specific rules about not using marijuana – remind them Marijuana is still illegal in Michigan.

 

Our Strategic Marijauna Prevention Action Plan includes:

 

  • Educating our community on medical marijuana and the harmful effects of youth marijuana use
Download a FREE Marijuana Talk Kit

Cannabis on the Teenage Brain

We encourage you to watch this short animated video from the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Center. This video highlights the effects negative effects of marijuana on the brain. Brain development, adolescence and short and long-term effects of cannabis/weed/pot are explained in a simple language.