Drugs of Abuse

Marijuana Safety

Marijuana Leaf

The chemicals in marijuana that create the "high" feeling (THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) can be toxic for infants and children. Marijuana edibles may look similar to other food, candy or drinks and can be easily confused for non-marijuana treats. Marijuana edibles may be especially appealing to children who are unable to tell the difference between edibles and regular treats.

  • Store marijuana, edibles, vapes and refills safely by locking it up and storing it out of sight of children.
  • Avoid mix-ups. Always label homemade marijuana edibles stored in the fridge or freezer.
  • If your child eats or drinks marijuana by accident call the poison center right away. If your child is not responding, call 911 or go to a hospital for emergency care right away.

The Oregon Poison Center can be reached by calling 1-800-222-1222.

Marijuana safety: tips for adults users

Marijuana edibles may pose a special risk to adult users because they may be more potent than marijuana that is smoked or vaped. The effects of a marijuana edible also takes longer to show up than marijuana that is smoked and may cause a user to consume more than intended. View the marijuana edible infographic and learn what you need to know about marijuana edibles.

Stay informed about the recreational marijuana laws in Oregon.

View the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Retail Sale Limits.

Learn about FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis Derived Products, Including Cannabidiol (CBD)

Preventing Marijuana Use Among Teens

Youth Vaping with new data

Recreational marijuana is legal for adults 21 and over in Oregon. Despite the law, one in five Oregon teens uses marijuana and more teens than ever are vaping marijuana. It is important for teens to have accurate information to make healthy choices. Parents, teachers and other trusted adults are important sources of information for young people. Here are some resources to support these conversations. 

Resources for Parents:

Teen Brain Development: NIDA explores teen brain development and the influence of drugs

Marijuana Resources for Teens

Marijuana: Just the Facts, NIDA for Teens, Drugs & Health Blog

The Reward Circuit: How the Brain Responds to Marijuana by NIDA/NIH

Marijuana and Pregnancy

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Marijuana may harm your unborn baby.

There is no known safe level of marijuana use during pregnancy. Using marijuana during pregnancy may impact your baby's development. Maternal marijuana use may still be dangerous to the baby after birth. THC exposure via breastmilk or via marijuana smoke may affect the newborn baby's brain development and result in other long-term consequences.

Synthetic Marijuana

NIH poster for synthetic cannabinoids

Synthetic Marijuana, also known as "fake weed," "Spice," or "K2." Synthetic marijuana is made up of shredded plant material with sprayed-on chemicals packaged as incense or potpourri. Some of the chemicals in this human-made drug mimic the effects of THC, the psychoactive ingredients in marijuana. The resulting health effects are unpredictable and cause nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, paranoia, hallucinations and seizures.