Teens & THC

Teen Information Center

THC & Heart Health

Did you know that cannabis not only impacts your brain but your heart and lungs, too? Check out what the American Heart Association has to say about the heart health risks associated with use.

Cannabis, Teens, & Mental Health

Check out this quick 4-minute video from Teen Mental Health that walks you through how cannabis interacts with and impacts the developing teen brain.

SAMHSA’s Tips for Teens

Learn the truth about cannabis use and understand the risks involved to make the best decisions for your health. This pdf also includes a link to SAMHSA’s 24/7 National Helpline.

Cannabis Use & Mental Health

Cannabis use can have a major impact on mental health, especially for teens whose brains are still developing. Cannabis use during adolescence has been linked to the development of certain mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Cannabis can also interact with certain medications used to treat mental health. Learn more about cannabis interactions with medication from the NIAAA.

Teen Frequently Asked Questions

Have Questions?

We’re here to guide you with accurate facts from reliable, relevant, and trusted resources. Don’t see the answer to your question? Reach out to us at prevention@peerservices.org

Can you drive while using THC?

No! There is no safe amount of THC to have in your system while operating a vehicle. THC impairs your brain. Remember, “Driving High Gets You a D.U.I.” Learn more about impaired driving from the CDC here.

Is cannabis actually addictive?

Yes! Cannabis use disorder (CUD) is a diagnosis given for problematic marijuana use. This condition was introduced in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition  or DSM-5.  

Can you overdose on THC?

Yes, THC overdose does occur. This often happens with products that contain high concentrations of THC, such as edibles. If you suspect a THC overdose, call 911 immediately! Learn more to detect the signs here.

Is cannabis the same thing as marijuana?

Cannabis is the scientific name of the plant from which CBD and THC are extracted. This substance goes by over 1,000 different terms including “marijuana.” However, this name is rooted in the history of the drug and is often associated with racially-charged propaganda promoted in the 1930s that exacerbated inequities of harm and use stigma. Read more from NPR about The Mysterious History of ‘Marijuana’ here.

Is cannabis healthier than tobacco/e-cig products?

According to the CDC, many smoked cannabis products contain and deliver harmful substances, including many of the same harmful toxins and carcinogens found in tobacco smoke. Additionally, a recent study comparing the CT scans of chronic marijuana smokers, verses tobacco smokers and non-smokers, found the marijuana smokers showed the worst effects.

What is synthetic marijuana/cannabis?

Synthetic cannabinoids (“synthetic marijuana,” “Spice,” “K2”) are various manmade chemicals that some people may use as an alternative to marijuana. These seemingly innocent packages of “fake weed” can cause serious side effects that are very different from those of marijuana. Learn more about synthetic cannabinoids here.

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Cannabis Use & Cooccurring Disorders

Substance use disorder and mental health disorders are often closely linked. In fact, 30% – 45% of adolescents and young adults with mental health disorders have a co-occurring substance use disorder. Left untreated, mental health disorders increase the risk for adolescent substance use. Likewise, adolescent substance use also poses a risk for the development of substance use disorders. The treatment of one can reduce symptoms and improve treatment outcomes in another.