Marijuana and Adolescence

Several Good Arguments Not to Use Cannabis During Adolescence

 

The group of people that I’m most adamant in addressing around the issue of cannabis use is adolescents. This is for several main reasons:

- If first cannabis use happens below the age of 15, it’s always bad for you...

-Young cannabis users often use it as a way to manage their mood, but they don’t understand the cyclic effects that cannabis has on their mood that drives them to take more and more of it...

 

- Using cannabis in youth at an early age can have devastating effects on neurological development and intelligence...


- Abusing cannabis during adolescence may have permanent negative consequences on the immune system that last for a lifetime...


- Cannabis use during adolescence has effects that can last for generations...

 

- Cannabis use during adolescence directly affects brain regions associated with schizophrenia...

 

Even casual cannabis use can lead to changes in brain centers involving emotion, motivation and reward...

 

And it’s not just brain issues that can develop from cannabis use in youth...


Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ...”

 

It’s very significant that the last 20 years of research on cannabis, which often yields a variety of positive and negative outcomes, has come down heavily weighted on the side that adolescent abuse of marijuana leads to many, many undesirable long-term effects. In other words, when a person uses cannabis can have a major impact on the long-term consequences of taking this drug.


The general political and social climate in the last few years has created an atmosphere where preteens, teens and young adults are using cannabis under the belief that it is completely safe and without harmful effects. This is very much not the case for young potential users of the drug.

 

If an adolescent misuses cannabis while her/his brain and body are still developing, it will have permanent detrimental effects on her/his development. Please advise your young patients not to do it!

 

This is just a brief synopsis of my clinical findings. For extensive details on how to balance and optimize the effects of cannabis using Traditional Chinese Medicine, please refer to

 

Marijuana Syndromes

How to Balance and Optimize

the Effects of Cannabis

With Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

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Marijuana Self Help Course:


Teens who use cannabis are more likely to try synthetic cannabis...


Teen marijuana users have lower long-term memory in adulthood related to structural changes in the hippocampus...


And those hundreds of strains you can select from at the dispensary are actually not as different as you might think, or as clean...


Marijuana use brings on early puberty, but stunts development in boys...


Teens are very unclear on the risks of using cannabis and ecigs...


In this study, most teens who tried marijuana didn’t go on to try other illicit drugs...


And this study says that there may be no long-term consequences whatsoever...


Cannabis use might interfere with the maturation of the cerebral cortex in male adolescents at high risk for schizophrenia...

 

Beware of statistics and propaganda that serve a lie! Here’s an article that tries to make you think that adolescents are taking less marijuana overall than they were in the past. The headline on this study says that adolescents are taking less marijuana than they did 15 years ago, which is true, according to the study. However, that number was down from 47 percent in 1999 but UP from 37 percent in 2009! The trend is way, way up, folks, no matter how you massage the data or what you choose to feature.


On top of that, there is a huge upsurge in adolescent use of NPS drugs... (Novel Psychoactive Substances), no doubt because they never existed before...


The exact age a person begins using marijuana will determine the shape of the long-term damage to the brain...


Are teenage cannabis users really less sensitive to exclusion?


Teenagers who interact positively with their family, school and friends are far less likely to smoke, binge drink and use cannabis...


Marijuana use and problems with marijuana appear to be trending down over the last decade in spite of adult use of marijuana increasing...


But marijuana use among younger kids is increasing, and they also perceive that its risks are lower in the states where it has been legalized...


Recreational marijuana use relates to poorer cognition across numerous domains (particularly executive function and memory), as well as alterations in brain structure and function...