According to a recent study, CCN reports that more and more students think marijuana is ok.
The CNN article writes:
Sixty percent of U.S. high school seniors do not see regular marijuana use as harmful to their health, according to this year’s Monitoring the Future survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. More than a third of the seniors surveyed reported smoking marijuana in the past 12 months.
Dr. Nora Volkow also goes onto state:
It is important to remember that over the past two decades, levels of THC – the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – have gone up a great deal,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in a statement. “Daily use today can have stronger effects on a developing teen brain than it did 10 or 20 years ago. … The children whose experimentation leads to regular use are setting themselves up for declines in IQ and diminished ability for success in life.”
The correlation between cannabis laws and teen marijuana usage seems apparent. Teens also have 24/7 internet access which allows them to access information at a faster rate than ever before. In regards to Dr. Volkow’s statement about declines in IQ…other studies have indicated that marijuana triggers neurogenesis which leads to brain cell growth. At this point, it becomes more about learning and educating ourselves. If these seniors surveyed, go on to report failing and declining grades, sure there might be a case, but until them, claiming to set themselves up for failure is jumping the gun a little bit.
What do you think? These students think marijuana is ok, do you think its ok using marijuana at a younger age? Let us know in the comments below.