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Legal for adults doesn't mean safe for teens.

Your brain is still a work in progress! Youth, teens, and young adults are at a special risk for harm from marijuana use because human brains continue developing until age 25.

Using cannabis before the age of 25 can lead to issues such as:

  • Difficulty thinking and problem-solving
  • Problems with memory and learning
  • Decreases in sports performance and athletic ability
  • Poor coordination
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Increased irritability or aggression
  • Lack of motivation which can lead to poor performance at school or work
It's a fact: 84% of Connecticut teens choose not to use cannabis.

Protecting Your Mental Health

Marijuana use has been shown to increase the risk of mental health issues (like depression, anxiety, psychosis, and schizophrenia) in teens and young adults. This risk is greater among young people who use cannabis more often and who use cannabis with a higher THC content.

Cannabis use can increase the risk of mental health issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Schizophrenia and other long-lasting mental disorders
  • Temporary psychosis

Health Risks

Because it comes from a plant, some people don’t realize the risks of cannabis use. In reality, cannabis is a psychoactive (mind-altering) substance like many other drugs. Using cannabis can cause physical and mental issues, especially in developing teens. These issues can include:

  • Breathing problems from smoking and vaping (coughing, wheezing, trouble with physical activity, and lung cancer)
  • Lower intelligence
  • Risky behavior
  • Weaker thinking skills
  • Risks to a pregnancy
  • Marijuana Use Disorder (addiction)
  • Mental health difficulties

If you use cannabis, tell your doctor. Some medications have harmful interactions with cannabis that can put your health at risk.

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