Nationwide the growing push for legalization of marijuana is a trending topic. With the drug continuing to become more accessible it is now more important than ever to remain educated on the risks. People need to know the dangerous effects and health hazards that come with the lifestyle.

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy “From 2006 to 2010 the perception of the danger of marijuana to our youth has decreased, correlating with the increase of our using it.” We seem to think that it is less serious than in the past, while in fact it’s quite the opposite.

In 1992 the average potency of THC content found in seized pot was about 3%. In 2010 that number has increased to 11%. We can only assume that the percentage will continue to increase as farmers harvest seeds and from the most potent plants and continue to breed stronger pot.

In 2010 marijuana influenced more than 461,000 trips to the emergency room all across the nation. That “is nearly 39 percent of all emergency department visits involving illicit drugs.”

The article goes on to say that marijuana decreases perceptions, hinders coordination and negatively affects one’s ability to think and problem solve. According to NIDA for Teens, marijuana can cause users to hallucinate and become paranoid. The National Institute on Drug Abuse points out that “marijuana use more than doubles a driver’s risk of getting into an accident.” To say the drug is risk free is foolish.

Bottom line is that pot can be harmful like any other drug. We need to be responsible and thoughtful of what we put in our bodies.

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