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Marijuana Prevention

Cannabis and Heart Health

Cannabis use can cause an increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure immediately after consumption, which may raise the risk of stroke, heart disease, and other vascular conditions. Most studies linking cannabis to heart attacks and strokes focus on individuals who smoke it, as cannabis smoke contains harmful substances similar to those found in tobacco smoke, affecting the lungs and cardiovascular system. The exact impact of cannabis chemicals like THC

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Young men at highest risk of schizophrenia linked with cannabis use disorder

NIH study highlights the need to proactively screen for, prevent, and treat cannabis use disorder especially among young people. NIH A study led by researchers at the Mental Health Services in the Capital Region of Denmark and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health found that young men with cannabis (marijuana) use disorder have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia. Published in Psychological Medicine,

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Cannabis and Mental Health

Cannabis use can lead to disorientation, anxiety, and paranoia. People who use cannabis are at a higher risk of developing psychosis, which includes hallucinations and paranoia, and long-term mental disorders such as schizophrenia. This risk is especially pronounced in individuals who begin using cannabis at a young age and use it frequently. Additionally, cannabis use is linked to depression, social anxiety, and increased thoughts of suicide, including attempts. Prioritizing mental

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Cannabis and Teens

The teen years are a time of growth, exploration, and taking chances. While some risks, like running for student council or asking someone out, can help shape your identity and foster independence, others can be harmful. Using cannabis is one of those risks that can negatively impact your health and well-being. Did you know that in 2022, nearly a third (30.7%) of high school seniors in the US reported using

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