- Marijuana, cannabis and hemp are three closely related plants. Generally “cannabis” is the name for any of these plants. Marijuana refers to dried plant material that contains more than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient). To be considered a hemp plant, the plant material must be below 0.3% THC.
- Unlike many adults, teens generally use THC by vaping or by eating THC containing products (gummies, cookies, etc). Teens who vape nicotine are more likely to also vape THC.
- THC use may have permanent effects on the developing teen brain. Effects may include difficulty problem solving, problems with memory and learning, poor attention and reduced coordination.
- Teens who use THC are more likely to fail to graduate from high school or not finish college.
- THC use has been linked to depression and social anxiety in teens. Some people who use THC develop a temporary psychosis (hallucinations and paranoia for example)
- CBD is not psychoactive and by law should only contain 0.3% THC or less. However, many CBD products are not tested or are tested in uncertified labs, so THC content may vary widely.