Marijuana use in young adolescents appears to adversely affect their later ability to direct and shift attention and, possibly impairs their later ability to inhibit impulses.
This effect is even more pronounced when combined with alcohol consumption in adolescence.
Though Marijuana and alcohol are illegal for minors, the recent trend of legalizations of medical and even recreational Marijuana use in some states may potentially lower the threshold for initiating use in some youth, so it is more important than ever to talk about these research findings.
The link below is an abstract that provides a summary of the study findings. The full article is only available by subscription to the Journal of Studies on Drugs and Alcohol.
Dr. Justin Groode | Co-Founder of PAA