Drugs And Youth

Marijuana, the most popular drug of the 60s, is up to 20 times more powerful today than it was in the days of “flower power.” “Pot” was once thought to be a drug with few negative effects. Now there is concrete evidence that marijuana is harmful; it interferes with learning, and it impairs the healthy growth and development of children. This potent form of marijuana has 2-3 times the THC levels needed to cause severe psychological symptoms. Marijuana affects the brain, interfering with the ability to remember and think clearly, and to drive safely. It increases the heart rate and blood pressure, and causes damage to the lungs.