3 March 2017 | By: Kevin Trieu
The American Academy of Pediatrics is sounding the alarm on teen marijuana use. Due to an increase in laws decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana use, Pediatricians have seen an increase in parents asking if marijuana use is ok for their kids.
In the new report, the group opposes all marijuana use by kids. As we at CASAP have talked about before, a teens’ brain is still developing as they age, and continues to develop until their 20’s. There have been a few studies suggesting that marijuana use by teens can alter the brain’s functions such as altering memory, planning, and even lowering IQ. It is also important to note that today’s marijuana is much more potent than what it was a generation ago.
CASAP strongly applauds this stance taken by the American Academy of Pediatrics. There is an ever-growing body of research stating that teen’s brain especially susceptible to addiction and continuously hammering away at this is so important. Pediatricians are often on the front-lines of making sure that their kids are healthy, and being strong advocates for teen prevention is the best way for teens to stay healthy.
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News article can be found here.
AAP report can be found here.