Different strains of cannabis have different impacts on health depending upon medical history, age of use, and potency of the cannabis. It is important to know the facts about the drug and the risks for each individual.
All drugs come with risks. In general, the younger one starts using, the more frequently they use, and higher potency poses higher risk.
Cannabis-related risks may be immediate or long-term, and can include: cognitive, psychomotor and memory damage; psychosis, hallucinations and impaired perception; addiction/drug dependence; impaired driving, injuries, and/or fatalities; breathing problems; and reproductive problems.
The least amount of risk is not using at all; this is called abstinence. However, if you choose to use, consider how you can reduce risks and use safely. Educate yourself on potency issues, THC vs CBD, frequency of use, and other risk factors.
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