Marijuana’s Impact on Teens

While the debate over the virtues and harms of marijuana continue, research has shown that marijuana can have damaging and lasting affects on the developing adolescent brain. Adolescents (as compared to adults) experimenting with marijuana are more likely to develop an addiction and become dependent on marijuana.  Learn more...

Marijuana FAQs

Here are facts from a National Institute on Drug Abuse study, The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction.  

How does marijuana work?
All forms of marijuana are mind-altering (psychoactive), meaning that they have a profound or significant effect on mental processes and change how the brain works. Marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals, including THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the main active chemical in marijuana and it is the amount of THC in a particular form of marijuana that determines its strength or potency. The THC content of marijuana has been increasing since the early 1980’s.  Learn more...


Links to Articles & Sources

Marijuana May Hurt the Developing Teen Brain — National Public Radio
Marijuana may hurt the developing brain.  It is a mistake for teens to use marijuana as it can create permanent changes to the structure of the teenage brain.

Marijuana Users Have Abnormal Brain Structure & Poor Memory
Major study from Northwestern University that links marijuana use during adolescence to brain abnormalities.  The younger the drug use, the more abnormal the brain.

Why It’s Still a Big Deal if Your Teen Smokes Pot — CNN
Adolescence is a very sensitive time for brain development.  Marijuana use during adolescence can affect brain development.

Decriminalizing Pot May Land More Kids in the ER — Science Daily

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