The Facts You Need To Know About Marijuana

July 12, 2021 6:22 pm Published by

Now that the state of Connecticut has legalized marijuana use for recreational purposes it is important to know the health facts that surround the drug. While it is legal to possess and smoke small quantities of marijuana for personal use in the state there are some risks that come with smoking.

According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there are some medical things you should know.

  1. Nearly 1 in 10 marijuana users will become addicted to the drug.
  2. Nearly 1 in 6 marijuana users who are under the age of 18 will become addicted.
  3. Use of marijuana can have an adverse affect on the brain including memory loss, problems with attention, emotional variations, and coordination.
  4. There is no link between the use of marijuana and other “hard drugs.”
  5. Marijuana use leads to a faster heart rate and may also increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Even though the state of Connecticut has legalized the use of marijuana in recreational settings it is important to know the effects that the drug may have on you both physically and mentally. If you have a family history of addiction that is also something you should take into consideration when you are deciding whether to smoke marijuana.

While the new law sets the age restriction for marijuana use at 21 years of age, it is important to know that the law may make it more accessible to teens and teens are at greater risk of addiction. If you have teens at home, talk to them about the dangers of smoking early.