Marijuana might be harmful to teens, group of buzzkill doctors says

Ronald Pratt
March 2, 2017

The nation is tolerating the use of this unsafe drug and now when it's become legal many kids think that it's legal then it would be good and save. "Teenagers are at a critical time of brain development, and they have lifelong impacts from marijuana use during adolescence".

Hence, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is planning to issue new guidelines this week for medical care providers as well as parents to talk to teenagers about the risks of marijuana use.

And while the Academy has no data saying teens are actually using marijuana more frequently, they do cite a survey that says teenagers are also less likely to see weed as "dangerous or risky" than they did in previous years.

Twenty nine states allow medical or recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21, and doctors are anxious many parents who use the drug may think it's OK for kids.

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In the USA, legalization and the growing industry for medical and recreational marijuana have paved the way for dramatically more potent pot than the contraband stuff that older generations recall from their youth. Doctors can identify whether the teens are using marijuana on regular basis or the teen are having substance abuse disorder, it could be cured with medical treatment.

The concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive substance in the marijuana plant, has increased considerably, from approximately 4% in the early 1980s to upward of 12% in 2012,3 increasing the risk of adverse effects and the potential for addiction. In addition, many states have reduced penalties for the recreational use of marijuana; criminal penalties have been reduced from felonies in some cases to misdemeanors or infractions.

The authors said the report tries to rebut any perceptions that marijuana is safe, even as 29 states and Washington, D.C. allow its use for medical purposes, recreational use or both.

Alterations in motor control, coordination, judgment, reaction time, and tracking ability have also been documented.