Apache County Drug-Free Alliance

Marijuana Abuse

How does Marijuana Affect Teens?

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THC affects specific parts of the brain called cannabinoid receptors

The parts of the brain that have the most cannabinoid receptors influence:

  • Pleasure
  • Memory, thinking and concentration
  • Sensory and time perception
  • Coordinated Movement

Short-Term Effects

Marijuana intoxication can cause:

  • Reduced inhibition
  • Distorted preceptions
  • Impaired coordination
  • Difficulty with thinking
  • Interferes with learning & memory
  • Can make driving dangerous
  • Causes increased heart rate
  • Difficulty with problem solving

Long-Term Effects

Ability to do complex tasks could be compromised Negative impact on pursuit of life goals Can contribute to lung damage

Free Marijuana Talk Kit Ebook

What you need to know to talk with your teen about marijuana