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“Marijuana, Teens and Health”

It appears that the mood of the country is to increasingly legalize marijuana (cannabis) use.  Eighteen states have legalized cannabis.  The fact that the drug has medical uses leads to the conclusion that it is harmless; but all medications have side effects.  So, we need to review the relevant health considerations of “smoking weed.”  In 2013, Madeline H. Meier, PhD, a Duke University investigator, said, “Our results suggest that adolescents are particularly vulnerable to develop cognitive impairment from cannabis and that the drug, far from being harmless, as many teens and even adults are coming to believe, can have severe neurotoxic effects on the adolescent brain.”  In short, cannabis use in teens was linked to an irreparable drop in IQ (intelligence quotient).

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