Pediatricians Raise Warning Regarding Marijuana Use for Teens

Judith QuinnMar 02, 2017

It's now more concentrated, increasing the risk, the academy says, of overdose and addiction. The nation is tolerating the use of this risky drug and now when it's become legal many kids think that it's legal then it would be good and save.

The report even goes so far as to argue that "it is best to not share your own histories of drug use with your children." - because after all, being honest with your kids could lead to a reduced IQ, right?

AAP noted that changes in marijuana's legal status might lower teens' perceptions of the risk associated with use of the drug, prompting more teens to start smoking pot. A group of doctors is trying to raise awareness among parents, stating the potential damages which could be involved in marijuana consumption among adolescents.

The AAP recommends that doctors urge parents not to use pot around their kids.

Marijuana is frequently hailed as a safe drug that has lots of medical applications, but are we being too blasé about its dangers? The warning was released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The AAP report expresses concerns that legitimizing marijuana as a medication may lead teens to think its a safe drug, regardless of whether it's prescribed or not. "To not use substances in front of their children to model behaviors they want to see in their children", says Patrick. That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics says it is opposing both medical and recreational marijuana use for kids and its time pediatricians and parents have a sit down with their teens. 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. Since brains continue to develop well into the mid-20s, that makes the prevalence of marijuana use among high schoolers particularly concerning.

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