Marijuana Effects on Mental Health

According to new research has shown serious consequences of teen use of marijuana and the effects on their mental health. The marijuana that teens are smoking now a days is highly potent. The younger a user abuses marijuana has serious effects on the critical brain development years.

Evidence indicates that marijuana changes the mental health of adolescents. These changes are similar to those caused by cocaine, heroin and alcohol. Long term consequences can impact the brain, and it’s up to parents to influence teens life when drugs come into their life.

Frequent or weekly us of marijuana can double a teenager’s anxiety and risk of depression. Teens who smoke when depressed are also more able to become addicted to marijuana and other substances. Eight percent of depressed teens used or became reliant on marijuana throughout a year when they experienced depression. Only three percent of non-depressed teens used marijuana.

The most at risk are teenage girls. Girls tended to feel more depressed than teenage boys, which resulted in a higher number of substance abuse.

This research has also showed that marijuana is linked to suicidal thoughts. Based on the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse it discovered that 12 to 17 teenagers who smoke marijuana weekly were three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts. This same study has also linked increased anxiety and panic attacks to marijuana use.

There have also been several studies that have linked the symptoms of schizophrenia and the abuse of marijuana. Chronic users of marijuana at the young age of 18 will have increased their risk of developing schizophrenia later in their life by six times. Other reports exposed that people with no history of schizophrenia disorder who used marijuana at 15 years old increased the risk for schizophrenia disorder later in life.







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