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)