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Marijuana may be a natural plant but that doesn't mean it's harmless.

Key Points:

  • Marijuana is a popular, cheap drug that is gaining legalization in many U.S. states for medical and recreational use.
  • While marijuana is not nearly as dangerous as drugs like cocaine or heroin, it’s not entirely harmless, either.
  • One harmful effect of marijuana is that it is illegal to possess or use in most states. For no other reason than this, it is unwise to possess and use in those states. Whether you agree with the law or not, you can still be convicted of a crime for breaking it.
  • Marijuana smoke contains many of the same carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) as tobacco smoke. Prolonged use can cause respiratory problems.
  • Long-term use of marijuana, especially during adolescence, can cause developmental problems because of the many brain changes that occur during adolesence.
  • Some studies have shown that the earlier someone starts using marijuana, the more it will affect their learning and memory as adults.

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If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them their sorrows know how to swim. – Ann Landers

See Also: Addiction, Drugs

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you ever tried marijuana? What compelled you to try it for the first time? 
  3. Why do you think marijuana is such a popular drug? How does your friend group view drugs like marijuana? How do their views affect your perspective on marijuana?
  4. What are the dangers that come with drug use? How have you seen drugs affect others in your life?
  5. Marijuana isn’t harmless. In knowing that, why do teens still choose to try/use it? 
  6. What benefits can you gain from choosing to stay away from any and all drugs?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This topic is adapted from the Recovery Brands YouTube channel.