Is Medical Marijuana Safe for Teenagers?
- Parents set the example for their kids, so if they do not wish for their teens to follow in their footsteps, then they should not use marijuana in front of their teens. Using the do what I say not what I do perspective can backfire into making a rebellious teen want to try what they see around them.
- Serious mental health issues including depression, addiction, and possible psychosis can be brought about by the consistent use of marijuana in adolescents.
- Marijuana smoke contains toxins and chemical that can be detrimental to the user as well as to the people who may be affected by the second-hand smoke.
- The brain continues to develop up until the early 20's which can generate cognitive defects from simply consuming marijuana. Judgement, decision making, learning abilities, balance, memory, and coordination all continue to diminish with each day of use.
- Even if all other methods of treatment with severely debilitating or chronic conditions have failed, marijuana use in a minor is still considered a federal offense. Pediatricians and parents should be careful with the consequences that could be posed upon them for allowing the use of medical marijuana with someone who does not have legal consent to use cannabis.
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