Doctors issue new warning about marijuana

Marijuana's potency has also risen demonstrably in the past few decades, which could contribute to parents mistakenly believing that the weak grass they used to smoke in high school is the same stuff their teenagers may smoke today.

Parents can tell their children that pot isn't a benign drug, and that it can cause abnormal brain development, impact memory, and slow down ability to concentrate. In the USA, many parents believe that pot use is harmless and it could not affect their children.

February 27, 2017 (EIRNS)-The American Academy of Pediatrics is strengthening its warning of the potential harm to today's teens because of increasingly lax laws and attitudes towards marijuana use, Associated Press reports.




A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that doctors have been getting an increased number of questions from parents about their children using marijuana. Although these laws, for the most part, have not targeted the adolescent population, they have created an environment in which marijuana increasingly is seen as acceptable, safe, and therapeutic. Doctors can identify whether the teens are using marijuana on regular basis or the teen are having substance abuse disorder, it could be cured with medical treatment. This clinical report offers guidance to the practicing pediatrician based on existing evidence and expert opinion/consensus of the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding anticipatory guidance and counseling to teenagers and their parents about marijuana and its use.

The authors said the report tries to rebut any perceptions that marijuana is safe, even as 29 states and Washington, D.C. allow its use for medical purposes, recreational use or both. They contend this makes overdoses and addiction more likely.

The adverse effects of marijuana have been well documented.

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