OPINION: The pros and cons of using cannabis

Though still illegal at the federal level, access to cannabis has greatly expanded.

When a person ingests cannabis or takes an edible, the effects generally occur between 30 to 60 minutes, sometimes even two hours after consumption, and can last around six hours or longer.

Short-term effects of cannabis use are varied and could include altered senses, changes in mood, impaired coordination and reaction time, difficulty with problem solving, impaired memory, hallucinations, delusions and psychosis.

Some short and long-term consequences including impaired cognition, memory and shortened attention span can lead to negative academic impacts.

Research from the National Institute of Health has shown a correlation between high rates of cannabis usage to higher rates of missed classes, lower GPA and lower graduation rates.

For those who choose to use it, Vandal Health Education just wants you to be safe! Consider safer use strategies to help reduce the risk of negative outcomes.

The Vandal Health Education page also has a web-based cannabis screening available to get personal feedback on how use patterns might affect your health and personal goals using the e-checkup to-go assessment at www.uidaho.edu/echeckup.

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