Don't get burned this 4/20

Monday, April 15, 2024 Don't get burned this 4/20

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While the number of dispensaries popping up along O Street and Antelope Valley Parkway may have you curious about marijuana, THC and experimentation, it’s important that you understand the consequences of use so you can make an informed decision.

Despite its potential popularity, use of delta-8 THC should not be disregarded due to associated problems and uncertainties. Research shows that concerns persist about the safety and long-term consequences of marijuana use, including its impact on cognitive function, mental health, and the respiratory system.

A 2022 study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research found that participants using delta-8 THC experienced moderate cognitive distortions, affecting their perception of time, short-term memory, and focus. Similarly, consuming delta-8 THC has been associated with confusion, anxiety, drowsiness, and other mental effects.

Traditional marijuana use can lead to various side effects such as dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, and psychological symptoms like depression and psychosis. It also consistently highlights the negative effects of chronic marijuana use on the respiratory system, leading to symptoms like chronic cough, sputum production, and wheezing.

While researchers noted that Delta-8 did show lower levels of distressing mental states like anxiety and paranoia compared to traditional marijuana use, the potential risks and uncertainties associated raise questions about whether the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Making an informed decision is crucial – and the best decision is not to use.

If you choose to experiment with or use these products, it’s important to prioritize your well-being and consider the following:

  • Delta 9 and Marijuana are illegal in Nebraska: In Nebraska marijuana possession is treated differently based on the quantity held. Possession of 1 ounce or less is considered an infraction, leading to a maximum fine of $300 and mandatory drug education. Learn more about the laws and penalties for use.
  • Start Low and Go Slow: Begin with a very low dose and wait at least 2 hours before consuming more. Effects can take time to kick in, and overconsumption can lead to an unpleasant experience.
  • Choose a Trusted Source: Opt for products from licensed dispensaries where testing ensures cannabinoid content and minimal contaminants. Avoid unregulated sources with unknown quality.
  • Be Mindful of Consumption Method: Inhalation (vaping, smoking) has a faster onset and shorter duration compared to edibles. Edibles can take longer to take effect, so patience is key to avoid overconsumption.
  • Plan Your Use: Consider the setting and avoid using Delta-8 or Delta-9 before operating machinery, driving, or engaging in activities requiring focus and coordination.
  • Be Aware of Potential Interactions: Both Delta-8 and Delta-9 can interact with certain medications. Be honest and talk to your doctor before using if you're taking any prescription drugs.
  • Avoid Combining with Alcohol: Both substances can impair coordination, judgment, and reaction time. Combining them can significantly increase these risks, leading to accidents, injuries, and other negative consequences.

Remember, these substances can be addictive. If you have concerns about addiction for yourself or a friend, call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 402-472-7450 and an on-call counselor is available 24/7.

Questions about Marijuana or Delta 8? Anonymously submit a question here to UNL's Alcohol and Other Drug Education. Within a week, an answer to your question will be posted on this webpage.


Get a free Alcohol and Other Drugs presentation or program for your RSO, chapter, or group. Connect with Jon Gayer, assistant director for alcohol and drug education, at and 402-472-2583.

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