Recent health studies are questioning the impact of medical marijuana on teens and children, after they found that the brains of marijuana users appeared different from those who don’t use the drug.
“Young adulthood is a very important time where your brain is still developing,” said Dr. Jodi Gilman, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and lead author of an April “Journal of Neuroscience” study. The study was the first one to discover that casual marijuana use among users aged 18 to 25 years old resulted in alterations in the areas of the brain involved in motivation, emotion and reward, reported WCVB.Com.
“The brains of the cannabis users look different than the brains of the non cannabis users,” said Gilman. “These differences strongly correlate with the amount of use.”
The Centers for Disease Control reported that teenagers nowadays use marijuana more than cigarettes. A director at Boston Children’s Hospital Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, Dr. Sharon Levy, said that marijuana is now becoming the “most popular substance used”.
Levy added that heavy usage of marijuana at adolescence is linked with a decline in IQ, making it harder for such teenagers to finish their education, get good jobs and have a stable family life. Another study researcher, Dr Tim Naimi, an associate professor at Boston University medical school said that medical marijuana can trigger or worsen depression, schizophrenia or psychosis.
Another medical expert, Dr Mireya Nadal-Vicens of the Massachusetts General’s Center for Addiction Medicine said that making marijuana legal will only make it easily available and lower the degree of seriousness it is viewed with. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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