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MYTH: Marijuana is safe because it’s organic.

FACTS: Research strongly suggests that marijuana use during adolescence and early adulthood can damage the part of the brain associated with learning and memory.

Regular marijuana use during adolescence can lead to reduced IQ scores, poorer school performance, and higher school dropout rates.

MYTH: You Can’t Get Addicted to Marijuana. 

FACTS: Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug among 12-18 year olds. Regular marijuana use can lead to addiction. Long-term marijuana users trying to quit report various withdrawal symptoms, including irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and drug craving.

MYTH: Smoking Pot Doesn’t Effect Your Driving.

FACTS: Marijuana significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination, and reaction time. Studies have found a direct relationship between the concentration of marijuana (THC) in the blood and driving ability. The risk of being involved in an accident doubles after marijuana use. Accident-involved drivers with THC in their blood, particularly higher levels, are three to seven times more likely to be responsible for the accident than drivers who had not used drugs or alcohol.

MYTH: Smoking Pot helps your mental health.

FACTS: Like alcohol, marijuana and associated THC-containing products are intoxicants and can contribute to impaired judgment and increased susceptibility to mental health problems, including depression, insomnia and paranoid delusions. Regular marijuana use is correlated with an increased risk and/or worsening of the symptoms for individuals with anxiety, depression and psychotic illnesses.

MYTH: Secondhand marijuana smoke is safe.

FACTS: Smoking marijuana clearly damages the human lung, causing chronic bronchitis and injury to the cell linings of the large airways. Second hand smoke from burning marijuana has been shown to contain many of the same toxins, irritants and carcinogens as tobacco and wood burning smoke.

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