Does Marijuana Cause Permanent Brain Damage in Teens?



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  1. I used cannabis in my teens years..
    It did caused me a lot of problems that I still battle 8y after stopping weed (I stopped at 16)
    It triggered HIGH anxiety, Psychoses, Possibly ADHD, Possibly BPD, Possibly Some schizo-typical problems, MOST probably brain damage as I have mild difficulty of communication and movement control that I DIDN'T had prior weed.

    So yes, theres a big risk as a teen to take ANY drugs EVEN prescribed ones.

    All those problems got 10x worst after only 2y of concerta (ritalin) at age 20.

  2. Darn. I’m high right now. Practically depressed and not doing well. School family, social, job, health. About to turn 25. Started at 18. So sad about that :(. Made some dumb decisions. The devil is alive and well today.

  3. I'm a 24 year old who consumes marijuana daily in small amounts. I also played youth football at ages 10 and 11. After participating I noticed an extreme decline in social, behavioral, and cognitive abilities. Old hobbies such as going out, hanging with friends completely didn't interest me anymore. There seemed to be a problem with my dopaminergic pathways, some sort of reward deficiency problem. I started smoking cannabis at age 16 to "self-medicate" and help with the loss of excitement and function in other areas. Whether the drug made it worse over time, lowered my iq, or affected my brain in other ways I have no way of knowing, but in my uneducated opinion, people who begin to use cannabis probably already have an affected or damaged brain.

  4. Ehm I’m 16 I have an IQ of 123 but i’ve been smoking since 13 yo. Is this irreversible?
    So What if i got really high. That feeling you feel the next day doesnt go away?
    And if i wanted to stop smoking weed but I still have 2 joints that i wanna smoke the last time.
    Should i smoke em all at the same day or acros 2 weeks to prevent brain damage?

  5. I started smoking at 13 and smoked regularly through till I was 19. Still got above average marks when I finished school and regularly 85% scores at postgraduate university level. Would love to know what I could have done had I never gone down that pathway as a young, disengaged teen…

  6. Noticed that the study he quotes "Persistent Cannabis Users Show Neurological Decline…" (Meier et al) identifies users 24 hours post cannabis use and determines the problem remains. On the other hand, the study "Reply to Rogeberg and Daly: No Evidence…" shows that the effect of cannabis use persists up to three months after use – but not beyond. Makes me wonder if Meier et al would've found different results if they'd required study participants to lay off the weed for three months prior to IQ testing.

  7. Yes, but longterm effects of any drug are probably more severe if exposed to kids and adolescents anyway, not to mention most people aren't heavy users so one could assume cannabis is probably not that damaging to the average healthy occasional adult user.
    (i'm assuming).

  8. I smoked from high school to age 27 and haven't smoked for 5 years. I often wonder if it's caused permanent damage. I still question these studies though. The brain is extremely complex and adaptive. If there is permanent change, I think over time it will find harmony within the dysfunction or actually repair the dysfunction in some. We're all very different and will have varying abilities to heal something like that.

  9. I was in the top of my classes in high school without trying …then in late teens I started smoking weed and drinking booze for 10 years and my brain was so fried I could hardly string a coherent sentence together. Found God and He changed my life after being weed cigarette and alcohol free (and vegan) for 7 years i am now attending uni getting A’s…I don’t know whether I have permanent brain damage or not but I do know I threw away the best years of my life on that ** and wish I’d never touched the damned stuff.

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