Leading Pediatrics Group Issues Warning About Pot and Teens (Again)
Here is your friendly reminder that kids and pots do not mix.
An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use.
Many parents use the drug and think it’s OK for their kids, but “we would rather not mess around with the developing brain,” said Dr. Seth Ammerman.
The advice comes in a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published Monday in Pediatrics. The group opposes medical and recreational marijuana use for kids. It says emphasizing that message is important because most states have legalized medical use for adults, and many have decriminalized or legalized adults’ recreational use.
Because the human brain continues to develop until a person is in their 20’s, there are serious concerns about the effects of marijuana use on young people. Research has already shown changes in important areas of the brain among teens who use 10 times a month or more. IQ scores can also be lowered by chronic use of the drug, preliminary research suggests.
Read more about the latest warnings from the AAP here.