Dirty Dozen #11: The Negative Health Effects of Marijuana

By Laura Stack

There’s a lingering belief among marijuana advocates and large sections of the public that marijuana is safer than tobacco. This myth most likely originated from an old misconception, akin to comparing apples to oranges; not just because of the inherent differences between the plants, but because the two have typically been prepared and administered differently.… Read the rest

Join the MAY MARIJUANA MONTH Prevention Challenge!

Are you ready for the Johnny’s Ambassadors MAY MARIJUANA MONTH Prevention Challenge? We have developed a kit you are free to download, post, and use, with activities for National Prevention week from May 8-14 and Prevention Day on May 9.

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Marijuana, Depression, and Suicidal Behavior – FACT or CRAP Part 8

Is the following statement FACT or CRAP?

8. Depression can increase when you use marijuana.

Answer: FACT

Marijuana increases your risk of developing depression and suicidal behavior later in life. Association of Cannabis Use in Adolescence and Risk of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidality in Young Adulthood https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/2723657Read the rest

Marijuana Use and Driving – FACT or CRAP Part 7

Is the following statement FACT or CRAP?

7. Marijuana makes you a worse driver.

Answer: FACT

Marijuana decreases your reaction time, motor coordination, and driving skills. Marijuana Impaired Driving: https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/812440-marijuana-impaired-driving-report-to-congress.pdf

Most people know you should not get behind the wheel of a car afterdrinking alcohol.… Read the rest

Marijuana and Later Opioid Use – FACT or CRAP Part 6

Is the following statement FACT or CRAP?

6. Marijuana doesn’t increase your odds you’ll use other drugs.

Answer: CRAP

Adolescent marijuana users are 2.5 times more likely to abuse prescription opioids. Prior use of alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana and subsequent abuse of prescription opioids in young adults  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3552239/pdf/nihms388189.pdfRead the rest

Dirty Dozen Negative Outcomes of Adolescent Marijuana Use #8: Marijuana Decreases Fertility Rates

By Laura Stack

Decades ago, Big Tobacco realized their consumer base was steadily killing itself off due to illnesses caused by heavy tobacco use, particularly emphysema, heart disease, and cancers. The industry kept this to themselves, because the only way to maintain said consumer base was by recruiting more smokers as the others died, especially young people.… Read the rest

Dirty Dozen #6: Marijuana Makes You More Likely to Drop Out of School

By Laura Stack

I’ve said it before: smoking, dabbing, or otherwise abusing marijuana makes you dumb. And science can prove it. In addition to the multiple studies showing how long-term marijuana use impairs your judgment, making you stop caring about negative consequences, AND drops your IQ permanently by as many as eight IQ points, other studies show a correlation between daily marijuana use and early high school drop-out rates.… Read the rest