The Impact of Marijuana on Teens
While the debate over the virtues and harms of marijuana continue throughout our society, nearly everyone agrees that marijuana is harmful to adolescents and their developing brains.
As we face a growing youth mental health crisis , it’s important to note that according to the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, studies show that consistent marijuana use may actually increase symptoms of depression and anxiety and decrease dopamine levels.
Marijuana can have damaging and lasting affects on the developing adolescent brain. Adolescents (as compared to adults) experimenting with marijuana are much more likely to develop an addiction and become dependent on marijuana.
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