Surgeon General Releases Advisory on Marijuana’s Damaging Effects on the Developing Brain

Published: 09/03/2019

  • Department of Health and Human Services
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The United States Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams has issued an advisory emphasizing the importance of protecting youth and pregnant women from the health risks of marijuana use.

According to the Advisory, marijuana, or cannabis, is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a component of marijuana, binds to receptors in the brain, producing euphoria and a variety of potentially harmful effects, including intoxication and memory and mo

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