Marijuana use by youth is far from a new phenomenon. Many adults likely recall their own experiences with marijuana as teenagers; some may still use marijuana today. Because of their experiences, adults may have a tendency to brush aside the issue, or to accept it as a rite of passage.
As a parent of a teenager, anxiety and stress are common emotions you experience. And one of the biggest pitfalls of teenage is getting hooked onto addictive substances like Marijuana. You have probably read or heard about marijuana abuse in teens, and you probably know how addictive it can be.
Castellanos-Ryan makes a point of saying that her study—while it controlled for "a whole range" of confounding factors, including behavioral issues and other types of substance abuse—does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between pot and impaired brain development. But it adds to a growing pile of evidence that links a steady marijuana habit to poorer mental and cognitive health outcomes among teens. Nationwide, rates of teen drug use are falling.
Low levels of marijuana use — as few as one or two times — may change the teen brain, according to a new study. The studywhich looked at the brains of 46 year-old girls and boys from Ireland, England, France and Germany, found that teenagers who reported using recreational marijuana just once or twice displayed increased volume on MRI images in numerous brain regions involved in emotion-related processing, learning and forming memories. The results of the study were published Monday in the Journal of Neuroscience. The study did not say what the increased brain matter volume means, but the researchers noted that the enlargement of gray matter contradicts normal adolescent development.
Second to alcohol, marijuana is the most commonly used drug among youth in the United States. While use of most drugs among teens has decreased slightly, marijuana use is still a problem. Marijuana can be smoked, vaporized, or eaten.
Marijuana is a mixture of dried, shredded flowers of the cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa. It goes by many different names, such as weed, pot, herb, and grass. Marijuana can be smoked, used to brew tea, and mixed in foods edibles.
One reason may be that 10 states and the District of Columbia now allow recreational use of pot by adults, while 33 states have legalized medical marijuana. As a medical doctor I know that marijuana is far from harmless and can have serious damaging effects on the health of users. A growing body of research confirms this.
Marijuana is often one of the main drugs of choice among teens and adolescents. Research shows that the majority of adolescents who enter drug rehab do so for marijuana abuse. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provides reliable and comprehensive information on drug use patterns in America.
You will also find information on spotting the signs and symptoms of substance use and hotlines for immediate assistance. Treatment for addiction takes many forms and depends on the needs of the individual. In accordance with the American Society of Addiction Medicine, we offer information on outcome-oriented treatment that adheres to an established continuum of care.
According to a large-scale study of American high school students, legalizing medicinal marijuana has actually led to a drop in cannabis use among teenagers. The study, published today in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse used the results of an anonymous survey given to more thanhigh school students across 45 states to calculate the number of teens who smoke cannabis. It found that the number of teenage cannabis smokers was 1. For example 3.