If marijuana is legal, is it safe to use?
Marijuana may help relieve some medical symptoms, but marijuana can also cause problems depending on how it is used. Just because it is legal, doesn’t mean it is safe. With marijuana newly legalized in some places, there are a lot more questions than answers, especially about the possibility of addiction and other health risks.
Federal Law still prohibits the use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana.
Know the law where you are going to college.
Laws on marijuana vary from community to community and from state to state. Check with your local state governments for the latest information. As of fall 2018, both medical and recreational marijuana use, possession and cultivation are illegal in the state of Missouri.
Edible Marijuana products
Include candy, baked goods, and teas infused with THC. They are usually strong than marijuana that is smoked. It may take 20-60 minutes to feel the effects of an edible marijuana, however.
The risk of complications is higher when using an edible, because it is so concentrated and the user may consume more without realizing the delayed effects.
What are some effects of using marijuana?
Short-Term: Relaxed feeling or sleepiness; impaired short-term memory; slowed reflexes; increased heart rate; dry mouth and throat; red eyes; paranoia
Long-Term: Reduced ability to learn; lack of motivation; upper respiratory problems; possible cancer risk from smoking; risk of dependence; increased risk of depression
Effects on brain development: The human brain is still developing into our early to mid-20s. The use of any drug can hurt brain development. Parts of the brain might not develop the way they are supposed to if a young adult uses marijuana.
Students who use marijuana regularly are more likely to:
- Perform poorly in school
- Get lower grades
- Drop out of school