Smoking Marijuana As A Teen May Have Lasting Brain Effects
Recently Scientists have been conducting tests on different drug responses in teenagers and in adults. Now it’s a known fact that teenagers will experience different side affects to taking drugs than adults would. Recently the tests though have been revolving around marijuana where speculations say that smoking pot may lead to lasting brain effects in teenagers rather than in adults.
A study presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, in San Diego last week, shows people who start using marijuana at a young age have more cognitive shortfalls. Also, the more marijuana a person used in adolescence, the more trouble they had with focus and attention. Staci Gruber the study author quoted the following “Early onset smokers have a different pattern of brain activity, plus got far fewer correct answers in a row and made way more errors on certain cognitive tests”.
Her study evaluated 29 non-smokers and 35 chronic marijuana smokers 20 began smoking pot regularly before age 16 while 15 started smoking after age 16. All were about 22 years old when the study was conducted. They were asked to perform a card-sorting task where they were shown four cards that differed in color, shape, and number. While the smokers performed tasks quickly, they did not learn from their errors when corrected. We do not encourage people to smoke marijuana but for all of you who are underage smokers, try to take a break before turning “Chronic” smokers as it may just take it toll on you later on in life.
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