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Go­ing to pot: Mar­i­juana may soon be le­gal. Time to have the “just say no” talk again.

Sim­i­lar to other drugs, the ef­fects of tak­ing mar­i­juana de­pend on mul­ti­ple fac­tors such as the drug’s po­tency (de­ter­mined by the amount of THC), how it’s taken, a per­son’s bi­ol­ogy (e.g., genes) and even gen­der. Some­one tak­ing mar­i­juana with a high con­cen­tra­tion of

THC for the first time, for ex­am­ple, may have a greater chance of a neg­a­tive or un­pre­dictable re­ac­tion. Some typ­i­cal ef­fects in­clude:

eu­pho­ria or a “high” as the THC ac­ti­vates the body’s re­ward sys­tem re­sult­ing in a re­lease of the chem­i­cal dopamine mem­ory im­pair­ment as the THC al­ters how in­for­ma­tion is pro­cessed in the frontal cor­tex of the brain phys­i­cal changes, such as blood­shot eyes, in­creased ap­petite and heart rate, or sleep is­sues po­ten­tial anx­i­ety, fear, dis­trust or panic, par­tic­u­larly in peo­ple new to the drug or tak­ing it in a strange set­ting

MAR­I­JUANA IS NEAR­ING LE­GAL­IZA­TION. IT’S TIME TO HAVE “THE TALK”.

(Adapted from the Na­tional In­sti­tute on Drug Abuse)

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