There is more evidence that marijuana use can damage the brain after consistent use as a young person (see our December 2012 blog post: Smoking marijuana regularly as a teen may lower IQ scores as an adult). Teenage pot smokers could be damaging brain structures critical to memory and reasoning, according to new research. Not only that, but there are troubling new links to schizophrenia.
The brains of young heavy marijuana users were altered in the areas of the brain that are integral to memory and reasoning — those people performed worse on memory tests than non-users. This was the case even with users that had stopped smoking by the time they were young adults.
In addition, chronic use of marijuana may contribute to changes in brain structure that are associated with having schizophrenia, according to a study conducted at Northwestern.
You can get more facts — and the local angle including links to resources, at Ventura County Limits.
See related stories:
- Heavy marijuana users have abnormal brain structure and poor memory – Northwestern.edu
- Heavy Marijuana Use Alters Teenage Brain Structure – Psychology Today
- Teen pot use could hurt brain and memory – NBC News
- Marijuana facts and resources – Ventura County Limits