Dangers of Marijuana

Children’s National supports the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recent statement, “The Impact of Marijuana Policies on Youth: Clinical, Research, and Legal Update,” regarding the impact of marijuana policies on youth, including the use of medical marijuana beyond the processes approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

According to the AAP, the short-term and long-term effects of marijuana are dangerous and it’s important that laws are in place to prevent youth from buying marijuana.

Harmful Marijuana Side Effects:

  • Teens that use marijuana are more likely to get into car accidents or otherwise injure themselves while using it because it interferes with judgment, concentration, reaction time and coordination in ways that can make youth 
  • Marijuana can make it much harder for youth to learn and succeed in school because of the ways that it interferes with brain functions such as memory, attention, and problem-solving 
  • It can be addictive
  • Lung problems can arise from inhaling smoke
  • New research shows that marijuana use can lead to permanent problems with memory, learning, and thinking, especially during adolescence and young adulthood, when the brain is going through many important changes
  • Youth who use marijuana regularly are less likely to finish high school or get other degrees, more likely to use other drugs, and more likely to try to commit suicide