Health effects of marijuana use in Adolescents
In addition to all the risks associated with marijuana misuse by adults, marijuana use among adolescents poses unique risks. Unfortunately, the vast majority of youth that use marijuana also have a lower perceived risk of harm associated with marijuana use. This is particularly troubling, as youth are more susceptible to the following:
- Memory loss and decrease in cognitive performance
- Use increases risk of accidents, poor decision-making
- Long-term lingering effects of use on brain include heightened risk of dependence and cognitive deficits
Marijuana use among youth
- The Teen Brain on Marijuana - a Presentation by Siom kim Karris, PhD.
Marijuana use can have significant, long-term effects on the brain development of young people. A copy of a presentation given by Siom Kim Harris, PhD of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, can be viewed below or downloaded at right.