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I smoked ditch weed in the 70s. Never hurt me.
Today's marijuana is up to 28 TIMES as concentrated as in the 70s.

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Prior to recreational marijuana being legalized in several states across the US, THC (the psychoactive drug in marijuana) in the flower averaged around 3.5%. According to a recent test performed by TEQ Analytical Labs in Aurora, CO. consumers can now purchase marijuana, in plant form, with THC levels up to 32%. In concentrate form consumers can buy THC products with levels of up to 99%.

 

Introducing Concentrates: Shatter, Oil & Wax

A marijuana concentrate is sold in dispensaries in legalized states across the US. A concentrate is a highly potent THC concentrated mass (up to 99% THC potency) that looks like honey or butter. For that reason, it’s often called “honey oil” or “budder” on the street. Other common references: 710 (the word “OIL” flipped and spelled backwards), wax, ear wax, honey oil, budder, butane is hash oil, butane honey oil (BHO), shatter, dabs (dabbing), black glass and errl. –www.justthinktwice.gov/facts-about-marijuana-concentrates.

 

What is Vapping and Dabbing?

99% THC concentrates can be infused into various food or drink products. However smoking remains the most popular form of ingestion by use of water or oil pipes. Another form of concentrate abuse is by means of e-cigarette/vaporizers because it’s smokeless, odorless and easy to hide. The user takes a “dab” of the concentrate, then heats the substance using the e-cigarette/vaporizer, producing vapors that ensure an instant high. This is commonly referred to as “vapping” or “dabbing.” https://www.justthinktwice.gov/facts-about-marijuana-concentrates.

Higher Potencies and Psychosis

A study by the British Journal of Psychiatry (BJP) found that habitual marijuana users who smoke weed heavily for a prolonged amount of time might be getting high at the expense of their mental health, as the risk of psychosis increases among people who are frequent cannabis users. http://theguardsman.com/cannabidiol/

High potency marijuana has not been on the market long enough to conduct studies of it’s long term effects. However, studies have shown that marijuana use can cause the following side effects; increased risk of psychiatric disorders, including psychosis (schizophrenia), depression, anxiety, impotence, breathing problems, increased heart rate, problems with child development during and after pregnancy and other drug abuse symptoms.

 

THC infused products and serving size

In the State of Colorado, 1 serving size of THC is equal to 10 milligrams of THC. According to an article in weedist.com, “one good sized joint of decent quality bud is approximately 25 mg of THC.”

There is a brownie consumers can purchase that contains 1000 mgs of THC. That’s equivalent to approximately 40 “good sized” joints of decent quality bud wrapped up in a single brownie, and it’s equal to 100 legal serving sizes. http://www.korovaedibles.com/5150-black-bar/ While Colorado was attempting to limit the amount of THC in the edibles market they didn’t address limiting the number of servings per food item.

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When you think of Pot, do you think of me?
If we can't spot that pot, how can our kids?

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Young children typically explore their surrounding environment by touching, tasting and in some cases, fulling ingesting items they find around them. When it comes to marijuana-infused products or edibles, children (and even adults!) may struggle with determining which items are and are not laced with the drug.

“Legal or not, for the most vulnerable among us — our kids — marijuana is the opposite of no big deal,”Dr. David Sack, board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine.

High Risk of Hospitalization

Due to the high potency levels in edible forms of Marijuana, children under the age of 12 that ingest these higher amounts of THC require hospital care to address the severe symptoms that accompany ingestion. Additionally, onset symptoms can last up to 1-4 hours depending on the food or beverage item that was consumed by the child.

Marketing to Your Children

Marijuana growers and dispensaries have capitalized on mimicking and in some cases, the repurposing of popular candies and treats. This makes the ability to distinguish a non-marijuana product from an infused, nearly impossible without proper packaging or labels. For example, dispensaries in California and Washington States are selling repurposed gummy candies that have been dusted with a high level of THC causing them to have a THC potency significantly higher than the levels received when smoking of the cannabis leaf.

Since when is candy dangerous?

In 2015, the Washington Poison Center received 272 calls regarding marijuana exposure, 86 of which were cases dealing directly with marijuana edibles. Of those 272 exposures, 46% (126) were pediatric patients.

Long-term Development & Dependency

Marijuana impacts a child’s brain development and can cause reduced thinking, memory and learning functions. Edible forms of Marijuana increase the risk of dependency on the drug due to the common packaging and the inability to identify the marijuana infused with the original product.

So, when you think of pot, do you think of....

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I thought they said this wasn’t addictive?
1 in 6 teens that use marijuana will become addicted.

Your brain is different than theirs

Kids brains continue to develop into their early 20’s. The region responsible for impulse control and making good decisions develops last, making kids more likely to make decisions that make them “feel good,” even when those decisions may lead to negative consequences.

Marijuana reinforces poor decision making

When you smoke or ingest marijuana it floods your system with dopamine. This natural hormone is normally associated with behaviors that, in nature, are important for our survival. The result is that your body associates marijuana with behaviors that should be repeated. Combined with underdeveloped impulse control, this leads to the beginning of addiction.

You talk, they listen

In a recent survey of children 12 and older, only 5 percent use marijuana when they believe their parents strongly disapprove of marijuana use, while 31.5 percent use when they believe their parents don’t have that level of disapproval. In other words, what you say to your kids really does make a difference, and so do your actions.

Actions speak louder than words

Yes, it is important to talk to your kids about drug use. However, studies show people are far more influenced by what they see than what they hear. When kids watch you use marijuana, you are giving them the OK to smoke or ingest it – even when you say not to. Given that kids are more likely than adults to become addicted to and abuse drugs, your casual use becomes their addiction. Is your temporary high worth the risk to their future?

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How Harmful can ``Natural`` be?
From 2010 - 2013, ER visits for cannabis exposure and hallucinogen poisoning rose 44%

You Don’t Smoke Medicine

Medicines are administered in many forms, but none of them require smoking. When you get a prescription from your doctor, it includes the drug type, dosage amount, dosage schedule, how you take the medicine, possible side effects, and drug interactions. While some medicines are inhaled, those dosages are tightly controlled using a physical means (like an inhaler canister or nebulizer).

Substances that are smoked, like tobacco and marijuana, are not controlled for most of the attributes of medicine, including dosage amounts and schedules, so users do not know how much of the active ingredients in marijuana they are putting in their systems. In addition, studies have shown that the smoke from marijuana has many of the same types of carcinogens, toxins and irritants as are found in tobacco smoke, and that marijuana smokers inhale for longer periods and more deeply than do cigarette users, leading to poor lung heath and associated health risks.

 

Natural Does Not Mean Harmless

Some people claim that marijuana isn’t harmful because it is natural, and thus can be used as a medicine without side effects. The facts are that marijuana is neither natural nor harmless.

Marijuana, in its original form, is vastly different than the commercialized plants of today. Through lab-grown, selective breeding programs, the marijuana plant of today has up to 10 TIMES the amount of THC found in the “natural” varieties. In addition, industry scientists are now turning to genetic modifications (GMOs) to further concentrate THC levels for marketability. These levels of THC are no where near “natural”.

Studies show that prolonged marijuana use can lead to psychosis, depression, hallucinations, lack of energy/motivation, suicidal thoughts, confusion, dizziness, impotence, changes to brain structure, bronchitis, lung cancer – the list goes on. Ingesting marijuana is far from harmless.

Marijuana-based Medicines

While unregulated, smoked use of marijuana can cause serious side effects, the medical industry has acknowledged that some ingredients within it – specially the non-psychoactive CBD and, to a lesser extent, THC, can have positive medical properties. Research into beneficial ways to utilize marijuana extracts continues.

Current drugs based on marijuana include Sativex, used by MS patients experiencing muscle spasms and stiffness; and Marinol and Cesamet, sometimes used by AIDS patients suffering a loss of appetite, or cancer patients to calm nausea from chemotherapy. Trials of Epidiolex are now taking place, to treat rare epilepsy syndromes for which alternative treatments are ineffective.

Natural Plants that can Harm, and even Kill

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