Marijuana culture would have you believe that using weed is safe and relaxing, but don’t be fooled by the smoke and mirrors.
At some point in your life a peer has probably told you that smoking or consuming marijuana is a harmless recreational activity. Unfortunately, that friend is wrong. When educating yourself and the teens in your life, don’t downplay the risk of marijuana.
Can I Overdose on Marijuana?
According to the CDC, a fatal overdose is rare. That said, using too much marijuana may have severe consequences. Users can experience anxiety, paranoia, and a fast heart rate. Hallucinations and increased blood pressure are also common. These reactions can lead to vehicle crashes, falls, or poisoning.
Can I Get Addicted to Marijuana?
Yes, you can. Despite popular belief, marijuana is addictive. One in 10 become addicted to the drug. When teens use marijuana, the odds become 1 in 6.
Will Marijuana Affect Me Like It Affects My Friends?
No, marijuana affects all users differently. Your reactions to marijuana depends on your reactions to other drugs, gender, genes, and how strong the drug is.
When talking about marijuana with your teen or friends, dispel the false idea that pot is “safe.” No mind- or behavior-altering drug is ever completely safe.