It is no secret that your teenage years can be the best and the worst parts of your life but also provides opportunities to experiment with different aspects of your life. These years comprise a time of risk-taking and socialization. However, a large group of teens may engage in activities that are potentially hazardous to their health. While marijuana may seem harmless at first, a teen may be oblivious to the fact that this narcotic could potentially ruin their lives in the long run. Furthermore, according to recent studies, these young victims could potentially suffer from brain damage. Here is why marijuana poses such a great threat to the development of the teenage brain.
A Brief Look at Marijuana
The fact of the matter is marijuana is potentially addictive. Derived from the leaves and flowers of the Cannabis sativa (or Cannabis indica) plant, this drug is typically smoked or eaten to achieve an overwhelming sense of euphoria (or “high”). The chemical that induces this psychotropic effect is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). What is particularly disturbing is the fact that amounts of THC have increased in marijuana products from 3.74% (the 1990s) to 10% (2013).
The Reality of Marijuana Use Disorder in Teens
Research has indicated that juveniles and young adults (ages 18 and younger) who begin using marijuana are placing themselves at a higher risk of developing marijuana use disorders than adult users. Medical professionals argue that, since teenagers’ brains are in a rapid and radical state of development, the presence of marijuana can hinder advancement. As a result, chemical dependency takes effect very quickly.
Long-term use of marijuana in young adults and juveniles can potentially result in detrimental, long-term side effects:
- Addiction: Medical research indicates that juveniles and young adults who consume marijuana are putting themselves at risk of developing addiction (a range of 1 out of 6 students)
- School Performance: Students who consume marijuana (via smoking) can potentially perform poorly in school and have a higher risk of dropping out of the system
- Driving Ability: Marijuana induces feelings of relaxation and euphoria, which be potentially hazardous while driving
- Mental Health: Long-term use of marijuana can impede memory and coordination and induce anxiety and depression (particularly in individuals with a family history of these illnesses)
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