CANNABIS AND THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN
By Robert J. Hilt, M.D., F.A.A.P., Pediatric Annals 43:3, March 2014, page 89
Dr. Hilt provides us with a serious complication in adolescent use of marijuana. He shows, with a literature review, that cannabis use in the teenage years can provoke the development of long-term psychosis or schizophrenia.
It seems that because the adolescent brain is a developing brain, it is susceptible to significant alterations in that development. That may lead to serious adult psychiatric disease. Since we live in an era of legalizing the sale of marijuana in various states, this information is critical.
Please be sure your adolescent child is aware of the risk cannabis use subjects to his or her developing brain. We don’t need to increase the incidence of adult psychosis due to teen “pot” use.
Remember, teach your child to ask himself the “right question”*. In this case the question is NOT “Do I want the temporary mind-altering effect of pot?”, but “Do I want a serious psychiatric condition as an adult?” If the answer is “Yes, I want to develop a serious psychiatric disorder as an adult”, then go for it! If you don’t want this then don‘t use “pot”. It is as simple as that.
· THE INFORMED PARENT. “Please Ask the Right Question” by John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P., July 2011