Doctors issue new warning about marijuana

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics finds as more states legalize the drug for adult use, more teenagers think it's safe. Even though, marijuana is used as medication and recreation in 28 legal medical marijuana states and Washington D.C.

Marijuana is frequently hailed as a safe drug that has lots of medical applications, but are we being too blasé about its dangers? "Their brains are still developing, and marijuana can cause abnormal and unhealthy changes".

Adolescents who use marijuana regularly can develop serious mental health disorders such as addiction, depression and psychosis.

Alterations in motor control, coordination, judgment, reaction time, and tracking ability have also been documented. Marijuana can impair lung function. The concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive substance in the marijuana plant, has increased considerably, from approximately 4% in the early 1980s to upward of 12% in 2012. They contend this makes overdoses and addiction more likely.

Overall, 9 percent of people experimenting with marijuana become addicted. The survey also found that the percentage of adolescents in 2015 who were current marijuana users hasn't increased much in recent years.

Recent data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that 77% of USA adolescents aged 12 to 17 thought there was "no great risk" associated with smoking marijuana once a month.

Cannabinoids have been shown to be helpful for adults in addressing some symptoms, such as increasing appetite and decreasing nausea and vomiting in patients receiving chemotherapy and reducing pain in chronic neuropathic pain syndromes.

As marijuana use for recreational purposes is becoming legal in a growing number of USA states, pediatricians are warning about dangers of kids using the controversial drug. To stop all this, parents should guide their children.

The doctors behind the report say parents should not use the drug around their children. Parents should avoid using marijuana in front of their kids and should keep all marijuana products stored out of kids' sight, the academy says.

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