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PEHSU Factsheet on Marijuana and the Impact on the Pediatric Population (including Perinatal and Adolescent) - Guidance for Healthcare Providers (2018) > Why should we be concerned about adolescent use?

Why should we be concerned about adolescent use?

posted on Aug 1, 2019
The adolescent population is vulnerable in regards to drug and marijuana use. Previous studies have associated adolescent marijuana use with lower IQ scores, a greater likelihood to have impaired cognitive and academic abilities even after 28 days of abstinence, and a decreased likelihood of graduating high school and attaining a college degrees.[13-18] They are also higher risk for having pg. 3 psychotic symptoms and/or psychiatric disorders, like schizophrenia and are more likely to develop an addiction to other illicit drugs.[19-22]