Several Good Arguments Not
to Use Cannabis During Adolescence
group of people that I’m most adamant in addressing around the issue of
cannabis use is adolescents. This is for several main reasons:
-Teen brain grey matter volume shifts with even a small of amount of cannabis use...
- The lasting effects of adolescent cannabis use can be observed on important cognitive functions and appear to be more pronounced than those observed for alcohol.
-Becoming a more regular marijuana user during adolescence is associated with a risk of psychotic symptoms.
-Adolescent exposure to THC induces changes in the prefrontal cortex and in the mesolimbic pathway that closely resemble the abnormalities observed in schizophrenia...
- If first cannabis use happens below the age of 15, it’s always bad for you...
- Read all about DISC1 proteins in the rodent equivalent of teenagers
- Cannabis use among adolescents is associated with a significant increased risk of depression and suicidality in adulthood...
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...
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
casual cannabis use can lead to changes
in brain centers involving emotion, motivation and reward...
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...”
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.
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.
Yet imposing criminal convictions on adolescents who use cannabis do not seem to be justified by an effect in reducing cannabis use...
And only one group of teenagers used marijuana more often after retail sales were legalized in Washington than they did before -- high school seniors who work 11 or more hours per week...
And abuse or dependence on cannabis is significantly lower in states with more liberal policies compared to states with more conservative policies...
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!
Seven in 10 parents think they should have a say in whether dispensaries are located near their child's school...
Most teens in Los Angeles who've tried marijuana have used it in more than one form...
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
How to Balance and Optimize
the Effects of Cannabis
With Traditional Chinese
This is a great
site for teens, especially the
Self Help Course
Exposure to cannabinoids during adolescence alters brain maturation in the prefrontal cortex
Adolescents who were already using marijuana when recreational use became legal increase their marijuana use significantly compared to pre-legalization. Adolescents who are already marijuana users are much more likely to be affected by changes in marijuana laws than adolescents who don't use it...
Teenage cannabis use at least 2–3 times weekly is directly associated with suffering from symptoms of hypomania in later years...
Do any studies show a relationship between teen cannabis use and using other drugs later in life?
Teens who use cannabis are
more likely to try synthetic cannabis...
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...
are very unclear on the risks of using cannabis and ecigs...
this study, most teens who tried marijuana didn’t go on to try other illicit
this study says that there may be no long-term consequences whatsoever...
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
of that, there is a huge upsurge in adolescent use of NPS drugs... (Novel
Psychoactive Substances), no doubt because they never existed before...
exact age a person begins using marijuana will determine the shape of the long-term
damage to the brain...
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...
use and problems with marijuana appear to be trending down over the last decade in spite of adult use of marijuana
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...
Are your parents to blame?
Escalating use of cannabis in your teens may make you more prone to higher rates of depression and lower educational accomplishments by the time you reach adulthood...
Adolescents with conduct problems or whose friends use cannabis who are more likely to gravitate toward cannabis use...