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Marijuana Use In Teens & Kids Dangers Normal Brain Functions, Pediatricians Warn

Mar 01, 2017 06:24 PM EST

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Decreased memory, the ability to plan and low IQ scores have been linked to marijuana use in teens and kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing new guidelines and warnings about the risks of using marijuana, especially in kids and teens.

The group of doctors opposes both recreational and medical use in teens and kids. The warning is necessary because most states have legalized medical use in adults and some have decriminalized and legalized the recreational use in adults.

According to CBS Local, human brain continues to develop until the early 20s. Thus, potential short and long-term effects of the mind-altering drug such as marijuana are very crucial when used in people below 20 years old. Some studies suggest that when the pot is used by teens consecutively 10 times in a month, changes in the brain regions can happen. Changes such as decreased memory and the ability to plan could be permanent.

Furthermore, frequent use of marijuana in early teens may lower IQ scores and may enhance addiction at a young age. Not all teens develop these changes considering some factors and genetics. The medical use of pot benefits children with hard-to-treat seizures, studies suggests.

CNN tackled the ways on how parents would talk about their kids regarding the hazards of marijuana use. Dr. Larry Wolk encouraged parents to talk about their kids regarding opportunity cost; what they might lose if they use pot in their teenage life. One thing to be explained to kids is the inability to perform well in class.

Problem-solving and critical thinking skills is an important aspect for a child, however, these are affected by marijuana use. Without these skills, school performance is not favored. These conditions may be explained by parents to their kids.

Parents should avoid using marijuana in front of their kids. The storage should be kept away from the kid's sight, the academy suggests. Data shows that almost 40 percent of U.S. high school students have tried pot. The use has increased in the past years among people ages 18 and above but not among young teens.

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