It’s a hazy topic. As the federalgovernment makes cannabis legal thisyear, more and more people see the drugas harmless and even beneficial.
Not neuroscientists such as DianaDow-Edwards. The 2015-2016distinguished research chair in BrainScience, and Child and Family Healthand Wellness with the Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation says research clearlyshows a downside to marijuana use.
Specifically, it can lower a person’s
IQ, lead to mental illness and cause
abnormal responses to stress. These
effects can vary, but are most pronounced
in teens who are heavy users of the drug
and its synthetic versions such as K2 and
“The effects of stimulating the brain’sreceptors for marijuana are different ina younger individual than they are inan older individual because the brain isstill developing,” says Dow-Edwards,who is based at State University of NewYork Downstate Medical Center. In 2015-2016, she worked at the University ofLethbridge’s Canadian Centre for
Clearing the air
Heavy marijuana use can permanently impair teen brains
WRITTEN BY TERRY BULLICK
Few teens (and adults)
the risks of marijuana