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Every Brain Matters continues to educate about the dangers of marijuana and the drug crisis expansion.

March 12, 2024 – Widely Available THC Products Like Delta-8 Can Cause Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Problems – Every Brain Matters connect Zach Plant and Nick Sauber with CBN.

Former marijuana addict Zach Plant told CBN News the drug almost took his life.

“I had thoughts of other people wanting to hurt me, thoughts of the only way of being safe was to end my own life,” he said.

Zach was admitted to the hospital and was diagnosed with Cannabis-Induced Psychosis.  Symptoms include losing touch with reality, hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia.  Zach recalled the stark warning doctors gave him.

“‘If you smoke marijuana again, there’s a chance you don’t come out of psychosis. You go back into it and your brain may never recover,'” Zach said.

Feb. 13th, 2024 Should high-potency cannabis products be regulated differently in Washington state?

Mary Maas said her son came home from Washington State University with a degree in math and an addiction to cannabis.

“And he’d say, ‘it’s just marijuana. It’s, you know, it’s fine. It’s just marijuana,'” Maas said.

When her son had his first psychotic break, he was seeing things and was terrified that there were aliens invading their home. In the emergency room, Maas asked the doctor if there were drugs in her son’s system.

“And the doctor said, he just has THC. And now, you know, people are slowly waking up to this issue,” Maas said. Her son was later diagnosed with cannabis-induced psychosis.

“That was the first that I had ever heard of it. The first that I had ever even thought that cannabis could have been a catalyst into bringing this whole chaos into our family’s life,” Maas said.

Maas now works with the non-profit Every Brain Matters, sharing her family’s story in hopes of raising awareness.


Dec. 27, 2023 – CBN News –Addiction, psychotic episodes, and thoughts of suicide: That’s the fallout from a dangerous trend sweeping through America’s schools. (Timestamp 7:30 -14:00)

Dec. 6, 2023 – Ohio Senators Rewrite Voter-Approved Pot Legalization

Dec. 5, 2023 – Debate intensifies over Ohio’s recreational cannabis law days before it becomes legal – “This new age of industrialized marijuana is not for the faint of heart,” said Aubree Adams, of Self and Every Brain Matters. “Families are no match for the addiction for profit marijuana industry that has gotten away with predatory practices with minimal accountability in other states.”

Dec. 5, 2023 – Will there be changes to Ohio’s new marijuana law? Lawmakers divided

Dec. 6, 2023 – Ohio’s Marijuana Legalization: Debates and Decisions in the Wake of Voter Approval

Nov. 18, 2023 – Every Brain Matters gets international exposure. BUILDING FAMILY RESILIENCE BECAUSE EVERY BRAIN MATTERS

Nov. 1, 2023, The Washinton Post – CBD, delta-8, THCA: Texas hemp shop raid highlights legal, safety issues

Aubree Adams, of Houston, has advocated for the prohibition of hemp-derived products to protect public health. She said her son struggled with marijuana use in Colorado, then moved to Texas for treatment. When she reconnected with him in December, Adams said, he was “skin and bones” and admitted he relapsed by using delta-8, describing it as easy to get in Texas.

“‘I just walk in there. I can buy it in gas stations,’” she recalled him saying. Adams last saw her son months ago. “I don’t get it. Why is Blue Bell ice cream pulled from the shelves when a few people are harmed, but these products are still on the shelves?”

2023, September 20 – Very High, Very Fast: Teens Are Vaping Super-Potent Marijuana and Parents Are Often Clueless


2023, August 17 – Recreational marijuana makes Ohio’s Nov. ballot, joining abortion rights amendment

Aubree Adams, who’s working with the group Protect Ohio Workers and Families, has a different opinion. She’s from Colorado and said when marijuana was legalized there, her husband became addicted.

“We owned two homes in Colorado that we lost, we were middle class and it broke me financially,” she said.

This is why she said she’s advocating for Ohioans to do more research on the issue.

“We really only need to focus on drug prevention and drug recovery policies not drug promotional policies like legalizing Marijuana,” Adams said.


Pros and cons weighed on legalizing marijuana in Ohio, 2023, August 17

Driven to suicide by weed 2023, May 3

GUEST COLUMN: Standing up to the threat of marijuana 2023, April 30

PERSPECTIVE: Colorado after legalized marijuana 2023, April 16

Colorado Spring Gazette op-ed with very Brain Matters with IASIC 2023, April 15

We, the People RadioKCNR 96.5FM and 1460AM Shasta/Redding, 2023, April 2

KRDO Radio, Colorado Springs, with Dr. Libby Stuyt, 2023, March 24

Increasing awareness of youth mental health 2023, January 10

Is there a link between a public health crisis, developing brains, and cannabis? 2023, January 4

Not Your Grandpa’s Weed: Today’s Super-Strong Marijuana Causing Mental Health Problems, Addictions 2022, October 10

America needs to get real about high-potency marijuana 2022, September 8

Marijuana is Destroying Our Families 2022, September 1

Marijuana with high THC levels linked to addiction, psychiatric illness, study finds 2022, August 30

Study links high-THC marijuana to mental health issues 2022, August 30

How Weed Became the New OxyContin 2022, August 30

Cannabis use has ROCKETED up by 20% in states where it has been legalized, study finds as researchers warn of ‘negative health and psychosocial outcomes’ of drug that is rapidly becoming available nationwide 2022, August 25

America’s $30bn legalized cannabis industry is causing an ‘explosion’ of teen users: Candy-themed products sold with minimal oversight increase risk of addiction and psychosis among kids, experts warn 2022, August 19

Marijuana leads to addiction, psychosis and cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome 2022, April 16

Marijuana legalization was a mistake. Highly concentrated pot is destroying my son’s life 2021, October 17

Cannabis-induced psychosis: Amid push for legalization, sister says brother ‘was lost to us for a decade 2021, July 22

Cannabinoid Connect 199: Aubree Adams, Citizens for a Safe and Healthy Texas 2021, July 17

FDA’s Scientific Data and Information about Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds Public Hearing 2019, May 31

“It’s Changed my Home”. Aubree Adams Story 2018, November 8

Is Texas ready to decriminalize marijuana? 2018, June 14

Pueblo woman takes action after study suggests pot use for pregnancy 2018, June 10

Pot goes to school: With marijuana legal in Colorado, student encounters are rising 2018, May 8

Demon weed 2018, March 7

Statewide Needs Assessment of Primary Prevention for Substance Abuse 2018, February

Aubree Adams: Why she opposes marijuana legalization 2018, January 4

Pueblo community continues tackling heroin crisis 2017, September 27

Potent Pot Raises Concerns For Parents 2017, April 24

These mothers of suicides don’t think marijuana is harmless 2017, April 24 Fox 31 Denver Colorado – “I’m here to tell you a dab is crack weed and it will ruin brains,” she said. Video on Facebook

Maryland Senate holds marijuana legalization hearing 2017, March 3

Maryland legislators consider bill to legalize marijuana 2017, March 2

Pueblo City Council Meeting 2016, December 27

Ballot Question 200: Pueblo retail pot shops will remain open 2016, November 8

Colorado City’s Experience Portends a Grim Future for Marijuana-Based Communities 2016, November 6


Aubree Adams, Executive Director for Every Brain Matters shared why she brings awareness to the impact of drugs on one’s mental health.

“My son, at the age of 15 in Pueblo was irrational and paranoid after using marijuana dabbing and he was suffering and he tried to take his life,” Adams said. “Thank God he survived, but I’m in touch with many families that their children have not survived.”

Every Brain Matters is a nonprofit organization that works to educate about the dangers of marijuana and drug culture expansion.

“We’re in a national mental health crisis and the mental health crisis is multifactorial,” said Ken Finn M.D. “And I think what I’ve learned over time is that mainstream media tends to dismiss any potential relationship between cannabis and negative mental health. I mean, we’ve had COVID, we have social media, we have all these factors that are playing into it.”

https://www.fox21news.com/features/mental-health/increasing-awareness-of-youth-mental-health/


Is there a link between a public health crisis, developing brains, and cannabis?

A Colorado non profit organization and pain medicine specialist weigh in


Not Your Grandpa’s Weed: Today’s Super-Strong Marijuana Causing Mental Health Problems, Addictions
CBN News 2022, October 10

Many believe the U.S. needs to revive the war on drugs, now more than ever, including Aubree Adams, the Director of Every Brain Matters, an advocacy group supporting and educating families on the harmful effects of cannabis. “Legalizing or promoting marijuana is not a solution. It’s a nightmare,” Adams told CBN News. “THC is the perfect drug to hijack our children’s brains and embed the disease of addiction and mental illness and we have to stop this nightmare.”..

America needs to get real about high-potency marijuana
The Hill 2022, September 8

The problem is that the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content in marijuana products is not the same as it was decades ago. In fact, it has routinely risen to well over 50 percent in edibles, wax, vapes or dabs (butane hash oil). So even if your memory flashes you back to something you first learned about or tried in high school, in fact, what you encounter now is not the same. 

Aubree Adams, director of the nonprofit, Every Brain Matters, said to me on Fox News, “Cannabis-induced psychosis is real and it’s destroying thousands of families across America. Once the brain is broken, once it’s addicted, it’s really hard to get it back.” ..


Marijuana is Destroying Our Families
NewsMax 2022, September 1

Study links high-THC marijuana to mental health issues
NewsMax 2022, August 30

“In the state of Colorado, the number one drug found in completed suicides ages 10 to 18 is marijuana,” Aubree Adams, Director of Every Brain Matters said. She added that she believed families like hers have been “fed a bag of lies that cannabis is harmless.” 

Adams went on, “THC is the perfect drug to hijack our kids’ brains and lead them down a path of addiction and mental illness.”


Marijuana with high THC levels linked to addiction, psychiatric illness, study finds
August 30, 2022

Two years after becoming an avid marijuana user, Ethan was only 18 when he developed cannabis-induced psychosis, a condition including severe hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.

Study links high THC levels to mental health issues
August 30, 2022

Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in on cannabis concerns as doctors warn of addiction and psychosis on ‘Special Report.’ 


How Weed Became the New OxyContin
Tablet 2022, August 30

Big Pharma and Big Tobacco are helping market high-potency, psychosis-inducing THC products as your mother’s ‘medical marijuana’.

Look at the industries that pioneered the addiction business: tobacco, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals. Today, all three are heavily invested in cannabis.

When Aubree Adams tried to get her son to stop he would say, “It’s medicine, Mom. You’re the only one not using it, Mom. Maybe you need to start using it, Mom. You’ll feel better. What you’re saying is a lie, Mom. It’s all propaganda, Mom.”..

Cannabis use has ROCKETED up by 20% in states where it has been legalized, study finds as researchers warn of ‘negative health and psychosocial outcomes’ of drug that is rapidly becoming available nationwide
Daily Mail 2022, August 25

Teenagers in states that have legalized cannabis use more of it and are lured by colorfully-packaged candy-like products that leave them vulnerable to higher rates of dependency, psychosis and school dropouts, researchers warn.

A DailyMail.com analysis of research focusing on California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and other states that have legalized recreational pot shows experts warning of a ‘potential explosion’ of under-aged use — and more youngsters using it than in states where it’s illegal.

They are alarmed by the weak oversight of a $30billion business and warn of a free-for-all market in which super-strength cannabis products are sold in cartoon-covered packaging that attracts youngsters, even as tobacco and alcohol firms are barred from targeting youths.


Marijuana leads to addiction, psychosis and cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
2022, April 16

Aubree Adams lived in Colorado when marijuana became legalized. At first, she didn’t think it would affect her family much, but she says that it destroyed her family. She feels that marijuana leads to addiction, psychosis and cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. Hear more about Aubree’s story on this episode of Matters of Substance…


Marijuana legalization was a mistake. Highly concentrated pot is destroying my son’s life
USA Today 2021, October 1

“And then legalized marijuana came, and everything changed. It has taken nearly a decade for Colorado’s elected leaders to understand the damage pot is doing to our children. I saw it years ago”

Marijuana is a serious drug

Eventually, my son told me he was dabbing, which I had never heard of. A dab (or wax or shatter) is a highly concentrated form of THC, marijuana’s active ingredient. It’s heated and smoked, delivering an instant, overwhelming high. Crack weed, my son called it. He knew it was making him crazy. He wanted to quit, but addiction had him firmly in its grip…

Cannabis-induced psychosis: Amid push for legalization, sister says brother ‘was lost to us for a decade
Fox News 2021, July 22

An anti-marijuana advocate accused lawmakers of being dishonest about the effects THC can have on young adults and society as a whole as Senate Democrats push to legalize cannabis. “People are smoking pot while driving. You can smell it everywhere,” she said. “Babies, pregnant women, people with cancer, people trying to get exercise – we’re exposed to it all the time. There is this attitude of ‘it’s legal, I can do whatever I want, wherever I want, whenever I want.’”..


FDA’s Scientific Data and Information about Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds Public Hearing
Food and Drug Administration 2019, May 31

Participant list with affiliation, including Aubree Adams from Every Brain Matters, who gave formal presentations with slide decks at the FDA’s Scientific Data and Information about Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds Part 15 Public Hearing.  

“It’s Changed my Home”. Aubree Adams Story
No Weed Illinois 2018, November 8

What marijuana legalization is doing to young people.

Is Texas ready to decriminalize marijuana?
Dallas News 2018, June 14

Aubree Adams was invited to the convention to tell her story on behalf of a group called Texans Against Legalizing Marijuana.


Pueblo woman takes action after study suggests pot use for pregnancy
KOAA News 2018, June 10

The Colorado School of Medicine and the University of Utah contacted 400 dispensaries in Colorado with 70 percent suggesting using pot products to treat nausea for pregnant women.

This prompted Aubree Adams to take action Friday afternoon. “We want the marijuana shops to be held accountable for them impersonating medical professionals and harming unborn children,” Adams said…

Pot goes to school: With marijuana legal in Colorado, student encounters are rising
Colorado Politics 2018, May 8

Conclusions are that students in Colorado communities that permit recreational dispensaries used more cannabis and thought marijuana was less harmful and less wrong than high school students in communities that did not allow recreational pot stores. “There are so many parents using that these kids don’t stand a chance,” Aubree Adams said.

Demon weed
Pueblo Chieftain 2018, March 7

Marijuana is poisoning our town, Stop the drug promotion. You are adding fuel to the addiction and mental illness fire.

Personal attacks and name calling. Sound familiar? It’s common among the drug-dealing population who want to manipulate you.

Statewide Needs Assessment of Primary Prevention for Substance Abuse
Colorado Health Institute 2018, February

Local prevention program administrators and other community members across Colorado participated in CHI’s 16 forums in October 2017 including Aubree Adams.


Aubree Adams: Why she opposes marijuana legalization
Vermont State House 2018, January 4

Pueblo community continues tackling heroin crisis
11 News 2017, September 27

“I came out tonight to advocate for more prevention and recovery for drug addiction and mental illness in our community,” said Aubree Adams.


These mothers of suicides don’t think marijuana is harmless
Yahoo News 2017, April 17

Commercialization is likely to come with targeted advertising for and sale of not only marijuana but also high-potency oils, candies and other kid-friendly items. This is alarming because mounting scientific evidence suggests that youth may be particularly susceptible to adverse consequences from regular marijuana use.

Maryland Senate holds marijuana legalization hearing
Times – News 2017, March 3

Some argue the legalization of marijuana have unfortunate effects on communities. Adams traveled to Maryland to testify on the negative effects of marijuana which, she said, “almost destroyed my son.”.

“Nobody is talking about it,” Aubree Adams, a Pueblo, Colorado, resident told the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service. “Homelessness is up, high crime is up.”

There is emerging research linking marijuana and suicide rates, wrote Christine Miller, a scientific adviser for drug education groups, in her testimony to the committee.


Maryland legislators consider bill to legalize marijuana
Fox Baltimore 2017, March 2

Dozens of people testified before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Thursday over a bill which, if enacted, would make Maryland the sixth state to legalize pot.

But Aubree Adams, who lives in Colorado where recreational marijuana is legal, traveled to Annapolis to urge legislators in Maryland to reject a similar measure.

What the country needs to realize, what Maryland needs to realize is these are high potency products.

Pueblo City Council Meeting
2016, December 2

Public Forum
Aubree Adams stated she was in opposition of retail marijuana stores in the City. Reviewed
a personal experience with her son’s use/abuse of marijuana and marijuana infused products. Asked Council to support prevention and recovery, not more use of this drug.



Ballot Question 200: Pueblo retail pot shops will remain open
11 News 2016, November

“Those are your children they are targeting just like the tobacco industry and that’s not cool,” said Aubree Adams. Adams wants to put a stop to the sale of recreational marijuana in Pueblo County.

“They could line the streets with gold with tax money generated from marijuana and it wouldn’t be worth my son’s life or any youth’s life for that matter,” Adams said.

Colorado City’s Experience Portends a Grim Future for Marijuana-Based Communities
Noozhawk 2016, November 6

Aubree Adams’ eighth-grade son started using infused marijuana products. “Soon after legalization became law, the schools were flooded with marijuana-laced candy and sodas that were indistinguishable from regular sweets and sodas,” she explained. “Our son was in and out of hospitals for marijuana-induced psychosis, suicide attempts.”

Adams, who volunteers for Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo, says she has been harassed, bullied and physically threatened by the local marijuana dealers for her activism in favor of the ballot initiatives.