Marijuana can be unsafe for kids, said pediatricians

The American Academy of Pediatrics is weighing in, issuing new guidelines this week for doctors and parents to talk to teens about the risks of using marijuana. Specialists argue that this drug may affect the brain of teenagers who are in ongoing development. In the United States, many parents believe that pot use is harmless and it could not affect their children.

According to the report, increasing legality of marijuana across the country for medical and recreational use has created "an environment in which marijuana increasingly is seen as acceptable, safe, and therapeutic".

Twenty nine states allow medical or recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21, and doctors are anxious many parents who use the drug may think it's OK for kids. But as dispensaries pop up in cities and towns across the country and reefer madness-style hysteria has largely died down, doctors are anxious that attitudes towards teenage marijuana use aren't serious enough.

The academy recommends that pediatricians screen teens and preteens for substance abuse. The report was published on February 27 in Pediatrics.

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The nation's pediatricians are beefing up their warning about teenagers and marijuana use.

"So we need to come up with a new way to discuss it. because the kids are tuning us out".

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. Doctors believe that this is not the right attitude for a parent. Furthermore, the report says, those who use it at least 10 times a month develop changes in brain regions affecting memory and the ability to plan, and that some changes may be permanent.

In a newly released statement, AAP said, "So if you use marijuana in front of your teens, they are more likely to use it themselves, regardless of whether you tell them not to". The frequent use of marijuana which starts in the teen years may lead to a decrease in the IQ scores.

  • Marjorie Miles