What is cannabis?
Cannabis is derived from the plant Cannabis sativa. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the substance primarily responsible for the effects of cannabis. Cannabis is also commonly called marijuana, weed, or pot.
What do the data tell us about cannabis use in Vermont?
National data shows more Vermonters (ages 12 and up) are using cannabis compared to the country overall. The number of Vermonters who try cannabis for the first time between the ages of 12 and 17 is also higher in our state than in the country overall.
It is important to look at the reasons why more Vermonters on average are using cannabis and starting cannabis use earlier than most other states. The Health Department is monitoring how our efforts are making a positive difference with cannabis use, especially among young people in Vermont.
What are the health impacts of cannabis use?
Health-related information about cannabis can include:
- Lung irritation
- Cognitive impairment
- Worsening mental health conditions
- Impaired coordination
- Fetal developmental impairment