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Pediatricians warn about dangers of kids using marijuana

02 March 2017, 12:41 | Violet Powell

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

Nation's Pediatricians Warn of Rising Risks to Youths From Loosening Marijuana Laws

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warned the parents to protect their children from marijuana as it is harmful to kids and for their developing brain.

Pediatricians say in addition to slower cognitive development, there is a greater risk for addiction when teens smoke pot. 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. But, says Dr. Ryan, today's marijuana is much more potent and potentially more risky.

That's a problem, they reason, because new methods of studying the brain have yielded data to support the theory that using marijuana at a young age might permanently affect brain maturation - meaning marijuana might not be as benign a substance for growing teens to mess with as some adults have come to believe it is.

"Parents really need to model behaviors of drug use". Minors can get medical marijuana with parents' written permission in most states that have legalized medical marijuana. Even though, marijuana is used as medication and recreation in 28 legal medical marijuana states and Washington D.C.

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Recent data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that 77% of USA adolescents aged 12 to 17 thought there was "no great risk" associated with smoking marijuana once a month.

One in five Americans may now have legal access to marijuana but a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that doesn't mean they should use it. The brain continues to develop through a person's early 20s.

Frequent use beginning in the teen years may lower IQ scores, the report says. Many types of research suggested that adolescents who smoke marijuana ten times per month may suffer certain brain alterations in regions which impair the ability to plan and to store memories.

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