Dr. Stuart Gitlow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine says “we’ve known that people who use marijuana when they are younger tend to have cognitive abnormalities”. He studied were people in their 40s who smoked about 6 joints a week when they were 18-20. Brain scans were done which showed volume, shape and density changes in two key regions of the brain. These areas deal with emotion, motivation and decision-making…. “This is the part of the brain you don’t want to mess with”. says Northeastern University psychiatrist Hans Breiter……” The more marijuana that users smoked, the more their brains differed from normal brains…..
As we move to more and more legalization of this drug, we should ask ourselves what is the price we will pay? This will obviously impact schooling, and everyday life. Can you afford to take this risk?