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2017 CDC Summary CDC, 2017 Legislation 1
Learn more about the risks marijuana use poses to your health. Brain, heart, lungs, mental health, poisoning, Pregnancy, driving, CDC, stroke

Here are just a few of the health effects you may want to know:

  • Marijuana use directly affects the brain—specifically the parts of the brain responsible for memory, learning, and attention.
  • The compounds in marijuana can affect the circulatory system and may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Smoking marijuana can lead to a greater risk of bronchitis, cough, and phlegm production.
  • Marijuana users are significantly more likely than nonusers to develop chronic mental disorders, including schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a type of mental illness where people might see or hear things that aren't really there (hallucinations).
  • Eating foods or drinking beverages that contain marijuana have some different risks than smoking marijuana, including a greater risk of poisoning.
  • About 1 in 10 marijuana users will become addicted. For people who begin using before the age of 18, that number rises to 1 in 6.
  • Some research shows that using marijuana while you are pregnant[288 KB] can cause health problems in newborns—including low birth weight and developmental problems.
  • Marijuana use can slow your reaction time and ability to make decisions when driving[271 KB].

 

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Parent should know and understand CDC, Teens, parents, 2017 Legislation 3
Marijuana and Driving 2017 Legislation, driving, CDC 4
Marijuana and Public Health CDC CDC, 2017 Legislation, addiction

Some people think that marijuana is not truly “addictive” or that people can’t become “hooked” on the drug, but research shows that about 1 in 10 marijuana users will become addicted. For people who begin using before the age of 18, that number rises to 1 in 6.
Marijuana use directly affects the brain — specifically the parts of the brain responsible for memory, learning, attention, decision making, coordination, emotions, and reaction time.
 

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Excessive Alcohol Use Preventing a Leading Risk for Death, Disease, and Injury alcohol, CDC

Excessive alcohol use accounts for 1 of 10 deaths among working-age adults in the United States.

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Notes from the Field: Death Following Ingestion of an Edible Marijuana Product — Colorado, March 2014 Death, edibles, Colorado, CDC 7
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