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In December 2016, 14 students from Naperville North High School were hospitalized after exhibiting rapid heartbeats, dry mouth, dizziness and panic-like symptoms. The common thread? They all consumed gummy bears that had been laced with THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.
THC-laced foods are called “edibles,” and are commonly sold at recreational marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized marijuana.
Although all of the students made a full recovery, their poisoning is an abrupt reminder of the increasing trend in marijuana use among our nation’s youth, and the serious harm that can result from its use.
Why the increasing trend? Mistaken assumptions about marijuana by American youth are commonplace. Here are three common misperceptions about marijuana:
Does this product sound like medicine? Does it sound relatively harmless, “natural,” or like “just a plant?” Not to me.
This sound likes an industry starting up, needing to introduce its product as healthy rather than harmful, and trying to obscure science with popular opinion. An industry that, much like tobacco before it, has our children in its crosshairs: who are THC gummy bears aimed at, really? Probably not 50-year-old adults with low-back pain or multiple sclerosis.
Research shows that 90 percent of addictions begin in teenage years — this is a shocking statistic that is impossible to ignore.
As adults we have the ability to make informed choices about what we put in our bodies, but our children are much more vulnerable. Learn the facts about marijuana, educate your children, and do not allow big business to alter the course of your child’s life.
Read our blog: Marijuana: a gateway drug that keeps growing stronger and learn how to spot marijuana use in teens.
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