Research shows the brain is not fully developed until around age 25. Thus, youth are especially vulnerable to the effects of cannabis on brain development and function. The THC in cannabis affects the same biological system in the brain that directs brain development.
Cannabis use has been associated with increased risk of harms when it:
- is frequent
- continues over time
- begins early in adolescence
It is therefore important for parents, teachers, coaches and other trusted adults to be ready to talk with youth about drugs.
So if you’re under 25 and haven’t tried cannabis yet DON’T! If you are under 25 and a regular user, it may be time reconsider reducing the impact to your brain and health by cutting down, cutting back, change to vaping or quitting all together.