We already know that vaping and smoking—whether tobacco or marijuana—can put us at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 by weakening our lungs and immune systems. Now, teens have another reason to steer clear of the green stuff: it could be damaging their brains.
According to a 2020 research report published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "regular use by teens may have negative and long-lasting effects on their cognitive development, putting them at a competitive disadvantage and possibly interfering with their well-being in other ways." This includes memory issues; impaired alertness, coordination, and reaction time; and even cycles of severe nausea and vomiting. (Find more risks and the effects of marijuana use on the brain here.)
While this is all troubling, it's still tough to find time between virtual learning and other obligations to dig through a huge research paper. That's why Rockland County-based nonprofit CANDLE—which stands for Community Awareness Network for a Drug-Free Life and Environment—has made it easy. For National Substance Abuse Awareness Month this October, the organization is sharing an easy-to-read infographic that educates teens of the harmful effects of marijuana use on the brain.
Find the infographic below. For more information on marijuana use, visit CANDLE's website here.