Cannabis is illegal in Wyoming. In states that have legalized cannabis, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use. Do you know anyone who has faced trouble as a result of using cannabis either at home, at school, or with the law?
Do you know anyone whose involvement with activities was affected by cannabis?
THC’s chemical structure is similar to the naturally occurring brain chemical anandamide, and this similarity trick the body into “recognizing” THC and allowing it to alter normal brain communication. This disrupts various mental and physical functions, impacting memory, thinking, concentration, coordination and more. Large doses of THC can cause hallucinations or delusions. Long-term cannabis use has been linked to mental illness like paranoia, depression, suicidality and worsening symptoms in patients with schizophrenia. Learn more here and here.
THC disrupts areas of the brain that regulate balance, posture, coordination and reaction time, which can impact sports performance and other physical activities. This is also why it’s unsafe to drive under the influence of cannabis. Learn more here.
Using cannabis can result in in dependence and addiction. Withdrawal symptoms include irritability, difficulty sleeping and other physical discomforts. Dependence occurs when the brain adapts to large amounts of the drug by reducing production of and sensitivity to its own naturally occurring endocannabinoid neurotransmitters. People who use cannabis before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a use disorder. Learn more here.