Arkansas Department of Health Issues Public Health Advisory on Cannabis

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The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has issued a public health advisory to warn Arkansans about the risks associated with the use of products derived from cannabis, including marijuana and hemp.

ADH is partnering with Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Greg Bledsoe and Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane in urging Arkansans to be aware of the risks associated with these products.

“The purpose of this advisory is to make Arkansans’ aware of some of the potentially dangerous effects form marijuana or cannabis use. Marijuana has negative or adverse affects on the developing brain and this is particularly true for babies who are not yet born.” Dr. NateSmithh, Director of the Arkansas Department of Health.

To see the advisory, click here.

Risks cited in the new ADH Public Health and Safety Advisory are:

  • Marijuana is addictive. Approximately one in 11 adults who use marijuana will become addicted, and the risk of addiction is greater among youth.
  • Marijuana now available is more potent with higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary psychoactive substance in Cannabis than marijuana available in previous decades. The long-term health or developmental consequences of exposure to these high concentrations of THC are unknown.
  • Marijuana use is associated with adverse health outcomes including the development of psychoses like schizophrenia and increased risk of motor vehicle crashes.
  • Marijuana is particularly harmful to a developing child. Smoking marijuana during pregnancy is associated with being born at low birth weight, a risk factor for death in the child’s first year of life.
  • Marijuana impairs judgment and can lead to actions that result in injury or death.

For more information from the Arkansas Department of Health, click here

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