“It’s Just Marijuana.”. I was that mom. It’s not hard drugs or alcohol.

Posted on January 14, 2022 View all news

I wish I could go back and change my mindset. My son, Brian Fuller, committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound on October 15th, 2021.

When investigating into what could have caused my sweet boy to go to this extreme, I was shocked to uncover that Brian had been smoking Delta-8 THC carts along with high amounts of Delta-9 marijuana.

Brian was always a fun-loving kid, and he worked hard at the young age of 19. He loved his family dearly and especially his sisters and niece. But due to me traveling for work, I was always away and did not realize how badly Brian’s mental status was changing due to the marijuana and Delta-8 carts (slang term for cartridges). My daughter had voiced concerns, but none that alerted me to think that Brian was at risk of harming himself or others.

Brian stated to a manager at his job that he was losing track of time and he was having blackouts he also stated that he had a firearm and was suicidal. This was never reported to his emergency contact or to the police. Brian spoke to his manager two days before he took his own life.

I spoke to Brian the night before. He stated that he had met with a girl from work who we found out later was his drug dealer. Brian also had written a note saying he was hearing voices telling him it was ok to kill himself and not to be afraid.

Brian had childhood depression and bipolar disorder from a young age. He never complained of hearing voices and had never been diagnosed with schizophrenia. In my research, I found that one of the side effects of Delta-8 THC was hallucinations along with psychosis, loss of time, and even blackouts. I’m here to tell Brian’s story and raise awareness that it isn’t just Delta-9 marijuana it can harm your child.  Delta-8 can as well: it did my son

Rita Worstell

Brian’s memorial at this link.

4 responses to ““It’s Just Marijuana.”. I was that mom. It’s not hard drugs or alcohol.”

  1. Thank you for sharing your story. All the hype before the legalization of marijuana at the states level that marijuana is safe as being “plant-based” and now every dispensary has billboard signs everywhere has done irreparable damage, especially to the young people so much so that changing the users’ mindset is almost impossible. Sorry for your loss.

  2. Thank you for sharing your story. All the hype before the legalization of marijuana at the states level that marijuana is safe as being “plant-based” and now every dispensary has billboard signs everywhere has done irreparable damage, especially to the young people so much so that changing the users’ mindset is almost impossible.

  3. Rita….
    Too many people… it never happened in the 70s from low dose marijuana. Now families are left with a lifetime of pain when today’s cannabis dosages approach 100 times the therapeutic recommendation of marinol
    There are no roadblocks, no guardrails.
    Lets work together on stopping this drug from continuing its march through our young people at the hands of a few evil people.. and make no mistake they are evil.
    I am so so sorry… we all grieve at the loss of every person.

  4. Dear Rita,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Brian. Thank you for speaking out about this. Too few understand there are any risks to these products. There should be warning labels–both on the products and on billboards. Everyone has a right to know.
    You are helping so many today. A heartfelt thank you to you.
    I send you light as you journey through your grief.

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