Weed Myths vs. Facts


Myth: “Everyone at school smokes pot.”

Fact: Most students don’t use marijuana

In Butte County…most have never tried it:

  • 94% of 7th graders
  • 80% of 9th graders
  • 62% of 11th graders


Myth: “I’ll be fine if I only get high on weekends.”

Fact: You can’t control your high

  • Marijuana is 3-5x stronger than it used to be
  • Marijuana’s effects can last for days or weeks and include:
    • Problems paying attention and concentrating
    • Slower thinking
    • Less memory

Myth: “Smoking weed helps me sleep at night.”

Fact: Teen marijuana users are more likely to have trouble sleeping

  • They tend to go to bed later and sleep less
  • People who start using marijuana early are more likely to have sleep problems later in life


Myth: “Smoking weed won’t affect how I do in school.”

Fact: Marijuana has been shown to have a connection to:

  • Lower grades
  • Skipping classes
  • Studying less
  • Lower motivation
  • Potential for dropping out
  • Lost opportunities (sports, jobs, special programs)


Myth: “After graduation, what I did in school now won’t matter.”

Fact: Teens who smoke marijuana frequently have fewer choices

  • 60% of daily users do not complete high school
  • Young users are 4x less likely to finish college
  • Drug testing can limit job opportunities
  • Social media photos may be checked out by schools and employers

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Myth: “You can’t get addicted to weed”

Fact: 9% of those who use marijuana will become addicted

  • Even more likely the younger you start using
  • 25%-50% who use every day may become addicted
  • Withdrawal symptoms are hard to overcome


Myth: “Weed has the same effects no matter what your age is.”

Fact: Heavy teen use lowers IQ permanently

  • Early marijuana use is linked to IQ dropping about 8 points
  • Regular teen users who stopped using latter in life did not recover the brain functionality that was lost


Myth: “It’s medicine, just like any other drug.”

Fact: Marijuana is not the same as prescribed medicine

  • A doctor may recommend but not prescribe it
  • The dosage and potency are not controlled
  • It is not tested by the FDA for safety, purity, or side effects
  • Smoking or eating cause different reactions


Myth: “I drive better when I’m high.”

Fact: Marijuana impairs driving ability

  • Impairs motor skills, alters perception of speed and slows reaction time
  • Risk of an accident doubles when a person drives soon after using marijuana
  • After alcohol, marijuana is the most frequently found substance in the blood of impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and crash victims.


Myth: “It’s just not a big deal.”

Fact: Marijuana use is a big deal because:

  • It’s almost four times stronger than it used to be
  • It affects your brain-sometimes forever
  • It impairs driving
  • It can impact school, jobs, and future success