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According to the CDC, marijuana, known by names such as weed or pot, refers to dried parts of the cannabis plant that contain over 100 chemical compounds, most notably THC. THC is the compound most associated with the "high" that is associated with marijuana use, due to its impairing and mind-altering effects. Another compound present in cannabis is CBD, but CBD does not lead to mental impairment or the same "high" effect. Some of the most common ways to use marijuana include smoking, vaping, and infusing into foods or drinks.

Potential Health Effects of Marijuana Use

Marijuana use may lead to unexpected or unwanted side effects. Some include:

  • Marijuana Use Disorder

  • Impairment of memory and cognition

  • Higher blood pressure and heart beat immediately after use

  • Increased risk of stroke or heart disease

  • Decreased ability to drive safely

  • Harm to lung tissue

  • Unintentional poisoning

More information can be found here.

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Five Things to Know About Delta-8

(from the FDA)

  1. Delta-8 THC products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use and may be marketed in ways that put the public health at risk.

  1. The FDA has received adverse event reports involving delta-8 THC-containing products.

  1. Delta-8 THC has psychoactive and intoxicating effects.

  1. Delta-8 THC products often involve use of potentially harmful chemicals to create the concentrations of delta-8 THC claimed in the marketplace.

  1. Delta-8 THC products should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.


Please contact Katie McClellan at or 877-366-7593 ext. 103 for more information on education and resources regarding marijuana in our community.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.