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A huge landmark study shows that smoking marijuana during your teenage years or childhood raises the risk of depression and suicide.

This study used data from over twenty three thousand youths ( 23,000) this is a huge source of a data.

Regular use of cannabis( marijuana) is associated with lower achievement at school, addiction, psychosis, neuro-psychological decline, increase risk of motor vehicle accidents, and respiratory problems associated with smoking cannabis.

Smoking marijuana just one or two times can change the brain structure of a teen according to researchers.

They found differences in the volume of grey matter in the amygdala and the hippocampus areas of the organs.

This means the tissue in certain areas is thicker, and it was found to be in the same areas as the receptors which marijuana affects. 

These sections are involved with emotions, fear, memory development and spatial skills.

Teen and adolescent use of marijuana is linked to developmental and social issues in the USA and Arizona. Cognitive problems, memory problems and a decrease in IQ has been found.

The potential for anxiety and depression is linked to teen marijuana use in many studies. Increase in psychosis is also connected to heavy marijuana use.

Marijuana use in children and adolescent teenagers has shown a negative impact on attention, learning, and memory.

Using marijuana is independently associated with poorer school performance, increased days missing school or missing classes, and an increased risk of not graduating school and or dropping out of high school. Studies have shown students that are using marijuana receiving lower grades: F, D, C’s then those not using any marijuana / weed. Use of marijuana in high school increases risk of unemployment, lower income, and lower satisfaction in relationships.

Marijuana use by adolescent teenagers is linked to higher levels of teenage pregnancies, increased of risk while driving and DUI. Higher levels of criminal behaviors.

Many teens and adults believe marijuana is not addictive. This simply is not true. Marijuana, (weed) today is three times the potency it was in 1996. Marijuana today has apporx twenty percent THC in it on average. Guess how much THC was in the average marijuana sample in 1996? It was three percent only. THC, tetrahydrocannbinol, is the psychoactive compound that acts on the brain to give the feeling of being high. Researchers have seen many samples that are thirty percent filled with the compound THC. More potent marijuana increases the risk of addiction for adolescent teens and children as well as adults. Many samples found had little of CBD a compound believed to have potential medicinal uses..key here is potential.

Many strains of marijuana have a lot of fungus, heavy metals, and bacteria when tested so yes there is a lot of dirty weed/marijuana.

Almost fifty percent of all teens have used marijuana before they were seniors in High School.

Adolescents who use marijuana( weed) (cannabis) on a daily basis before they reach the age of 17 are more likely to have certain long-term problems than their non-using teeens, according to research in other countries. This information is supported by other studies that have been done for decades. Just because it is legal in certain states as medical marijuana does not mean it is healthy.

Sixty percent of teens were less likely to obtain a high school diploma due to their use of marijuana. Adolescent teenagers were more likely to be suicidal or attempt suicide at a high rate of seven times the rate of other non smoking teens. Those that were using marijuana regularly were over ten times more likely to use other types of drugs in their twentys.

A study in the lancet of psychiatry recently looked at the following 3,800 mn and women e in two different countries to explore outcomes in seven different measures for teens that had smoked marijuana daily.

“To explore the potential long-term consequences of marijuana use during adolescence, the study team analyzed the collective findings of three long-term investigations involving almost 3,800 men and women in Australia and New Zealand.

The specific focus was on the frequency of pot use during mid-adolescence until age 17, with exposure ranked on a scale ranging from never to daily use.

In addition, long-term developmental performance was tracked on seven different measures, including: graduating from high school; obtaining a university degree by the age of 25; development of marijuana dependence; depression; frequency of suicide attempts; use of other illegal drugs (including cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, hallucinogens, and/or prescription medications); and whether or not participants were financially dependent on government assistance between the ages of 27 and 30.

The result: even after accounting for a wide range of factors that could affect developmental performance (including age, gender, ethnicity, financial means and mental illness), the research team concluded that there was a “clear and consistent” link between the daily use of marijuana during adolescence and considerably worse long-term prosects.

The investigators found that poorer outcomes were reflected on every measure except for two: the likelihood for experiencing depression and for being dependent on welfare.”

Research from another study show abnormalities in the brain below. There really is no debate on the dangers of using marijuana daily for teens.

A recent study published this week by researchers fromNorthwestern University, which showed what appeared to be lasting brain changes in individuals who smoked marijuana as adolescents, has become part of the debate. Researchers showed that in comparison with young adults who had never smoked marijuana, those who used it daily for about three years as teenagers had differences in structures of their brain: like the thalamus, globus pallidus and striatum.

These regions of the brain may help form a sort of mental notepad, called working memory, that allows people to solve puzzles, remember a telephone number or quickly process other bits of information needed for everyday tasks. Working memory is also a strong predictor of academic achievement in adolescents.

www.lifeworksaz.comhas been working with teens and children as well as families for over 15 years. David works with  a wide variety of areas that may be impacting your child or teen: depression, anger, anxiety, conduct disorders, family issues, grief and loss, learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, Autistim, depression, anxiety, social skills, motivation and more.

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