Marijuana. It has been and will continue to be debated as never before.
Rigorous discussion and research is needed to reveal potential uses, benefits, and harms. BUT…while there is debate and controversy around some aspects of marijuana, There Is No Debate about marijuana’s harms to our youth.
This campaign is to provide parents and families facts about marijuana and it’s consequences that you may not find anywhere else. We want to empower parents in our community to prevent youth from experimenting with marijuana, despite the mixed signals they may be receiving through the media and pro-marijuana efforts.
Marijuana has changed.
Parents of young children and teenagers need to know…
it’s not just smoked.
Vaping / E-Cigarettes
Marijuana extracts are inhaled by vaping, which has little to no odor.1
Marijuana infused foods such as candies, baked goods and teas with typically high THC potency. The delay in the “high” may result in overconsumption leading users to seek medical treatment.1
Marijuana Extracts (Concentrates)
Smoking THC-rich resins extracted from the marijuana plant, sometimes called dabbing, is on the rise. The extracts, known as honey oil, wax or shatter, may contain dangerously high percentages of THC.1
Get informed: Familiarize yourself with all the forms of marijuana and the potential effects so you know what to look for. These changes make it easier than ever to conceal and consume marijuana.
It’s NOT just 2% THC Marijuana of the 1970’s
- THC content in Colorado Marijuana in 2015 is 17.1%.2
(Compared to the 2% THC Marijuana of the 1970’s)
- THC content in Marijuana Extracts (Dabbing, oil, wax) in 2015 is 62.1%.2
What does this mean to you as a parent?
- MARIJUANA RELATED EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS
Colorado’s increased 123% from 8,197 in 2011 to 18,255 in 2014.2
- MARIJUANA RELATED HOSPITALIZATIONS
Colorado’s increased 80% from 6,305 in 2011 to 11,439 in 2014.2
- MARIJUANA RELATED PEDIATRIC EXPOSURES
Nationwide, calls to poison control centers about pediatric marijuana exposures are as much as 3 times higher in states with lenient marijuana laws.2
If you suspect your child has been exposed to marijuana or may be using, contact your pediatrician and/or school counselor immediately to find resources available in your area.
2The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, Volume 3, September 2015 (www.rmhidta.org)
2014 numbers are preliminary. All numbers are indicative of the most current information available at the time of the report.