Mar 1, 2017 12:10 PM

Pediatricians Warn About Potential Cannabis Harm for Teenagers

Cannabis is currently included in the treatment for a wide range of ailments. Although marijuana can eliminate some conditions in adults, teen usage of the herb can be very risky. An influential group of healthcare professionals is warning everyone of the dangers of weed use by kids under the age of 21.

Since many states have legalized cannabis, some parents are fine with weed and even allow their kids to use it. However, a new report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes both medical and recreational cannabis use for children because of the potential harm marijuana can have on their bodies.

Mind-altering drugs, including marijuana, can cause both short- and long-term effects on the brain. This fact is exactly what concerns the scientists as a child's brain continues to develop until the early 20s. Some studies show that teens who use weed at least ten times a month may develop changes in the brain regions that are responsible for the ability to plan and memorize. Some of these changes can be permanent, according to the report.

Other studies suggest that those who start using cannabis in their early years may have lower IQ scores and will be more prone to addiction in the future. Not all teen users face these issues—some of them can be more vulnerable because of health problems, genetics, and other factors.

Although detailed research on the effects of medical cannabis on kids is lacking, some studies show that children with hard-to-treat seizures may benefit from using marijuana. However, the report says that other potential advantages and doses of marijuana are unknown.

The use of cannabis by those under the age of 21 is still illegal, even in the states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Parents should make sure all their weed goods are stored out of the kids’ reach and avoid using pot in front of their offspring. Most children who accidentally ate infused products landed in the emergency room with breathing problems or some minor symptoms.

Still, many teens aged 12-17 think that marijuana use is completely safe. Some of them know that their parents smoked weed at school or in college, and everything turned out okay. However, what they do not take into consideration is that today’s cannabis is much more potent and dangerous.

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