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Doctors Say Pot Can Be Dangerous For Developing Brains

Doctors Say Pot Can Be Dangerous For Developing Brains”

It's now more concentrated, increasing the risk, the academy says, of overdose and addiction.

A new report is published today in Pediatrics from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which opposes medical and recreational use of marijuana by kids.

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Pediatricians issue warnings regarding marijuana use among teenagers.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging doctors to protect children from the harms of marijuana as the nation becomes increasingly tolerant of the drug's use. A group of doctors is trying to raise awareness among parents, stating the potential damages which could be involved in marijuana consumption among adolescents. Minors can get medical marijuana with parents' written permission in most states that have legalized medical marijuana.

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February 27, 2017 (EIRNS)-The American Academy of Pediatrics is strengthening its warning of the potential harm to today's teens because of increasingly lax laws and attitudes towards marijuana use, Associated Press reports.

The report appears in the February 27 online issue of the journal Pediatrics.

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Although there are now no initiatives to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for minors and marijuana is still a federally controlled substance, changes in the legal status of marijuana, even if limited to adults, may affect use among adolescents by decreasing the perceived risk of harm or through the marketing of legal marijuana, despite restrictions that prohibit marketing and advertising to this age group. "To not use substances in front of their children to model behaviors they want to see in their children", says Patrick. The report shares a list of adverse effects and points out that data only supports prescribing it to children in extremely limited circumstances-for decreasing seizures in specific epilepsy conditions, such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. "We would rather not mess around with the developing brain", said Dr. Seth Ammerman, a pediatrician who co-authored the report.



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