Marijuana use is common among teens, yet, many parents still don't believe their teen would ever smoke pot. There are also many misconceptions about marijuana—especially now that medical marijuana is being used by many people with health conditions and several states are legalizing recreational pot use. Many parents also think pot must be harmless because they believe it's a "natural herb. It's important to understand how common marijuana use is among today's teens.
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But research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that childhood marijuana use can affect learning ability, attention, memory, coordination, balance, judgment, and decision-making. While it may not be as problematic for adult use as once believed, there are still plenty of good reasons to discourage pot smoking in teenagers other than the fact that in most states, it's still illegal. It would be nice if there was one clear reason that children and young teenagers begin using marijuana , but there are actually many reasons teens choose to begin smoking weed. But teens report that they began using marijuana for a wide variety of reasons.
Your kid’s brain on pot: The real effects of marijuana on teens
Teen brains are more vulnerable to the effects of marijuana than alcohol, a new study finds. Adolescents who begin using marijuana regularly may suffer lasting repercussions in their thinking ability, according to scientists at the University of Montreal. The study , published Wednesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry, followed over 3, adolescents from 31 Montreal-area schools over four years. The teens, who started participating in the study when they were 13, agreed to provide annual reports of how frequently they used marijuana and alcohol.
Over the past decades, the typical percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol THC , the most active ingredient in marijuana, has increased in marijuana and marijuana products, making them more potent. There are different health risks associated with different methods of using marijuana. For example:. High amounts of THC can increase the risk for negative effects. The consequences of being exposed to high levels of THC, including addiction, are still not well-understood.