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Marijuana presentation for youth

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Liz Blackwell-moore

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1 in 6 people who start using marijuana in their teenage years, develop addiction.
Marijuana & the Brain
What's the difference between your brain &
adults' brains?

your brain processes information 50-80 times faster than adults
Brain Change
Effort
You
Pre-Frontal Cortex
judgement
insight
controlling emotions
movement
vision
coordination
Brain Stem:
breathing
heart rate
temperature
Temporal Lobe
emotion
sexuality
language
Cerebellum
Neural pathways are pruned or strengthened depending on how much they are used.
Marijuana
Initially marijuana may calm and relax.
Over time, the brain's natural ability to calm itself decreases as marijuana takes over.

2x more likely to experience depression or anxiety
3x more likely to have suicidal thoughts
Eventually, the brain can't relax without marijuana.

Marijuana is
4 times
stronger than the natural brain chemicals that help calm a person.
In young people:

The Science of Marijuana
Pathways in the Teen Brain
Pathways in the Adult Brain
Adult Neural pathways
Marijuana can impact your brain
Studies show that marijuana use by young people interferes with
memory, attention
and
learning.
Young people who use marijuana are...
Gut Feelings
Slowed reaction time
Athletics
Driving
Playing
Music
Reduced memory & learning
Job
School
You and a couple of friends are hanging out on a Friday night. Plans are being tossed around to figure out what to do. One friend suggests going over to this guy's house and you know he likes to smoke a lot of weed. One of your friends that you're with has already been in trouble for smoking weed, and you know if they got in trouble again, it would be really bad for her/him. What are some ways that you could move the group toward making a different decision?
Drivers who use marijuana within 3 hours of driving are 2.5 times more likely to be in a crash
Early use can lead to a substance use disorder
Who can help you get to where you want to go?
It's your path...
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