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Pediatricians Warn, Not Your Fathers Marijuana.

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  1. detoxin momma
    CHICAGO (AP) _ An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use.

    Many parents use the drug and think it’s OK for their kids, but “we would rather not mess around with the developing brain,” said Dr. Seth Ammerman.

    The advice comes in a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published Monday in Pediatrics. The group opposes medical and recreational marijuana use for kids. It says emphasizing that message is important because most states have legalized medical use for adults, and many have decriminalized or legalized adults’ recreational use.

    Those trends have led parents to increasingly ask doctors about kids’ use, said Ammerman, a Stanford University pediatrics professor who co-wrote the report.

    `’Parents will say, `I use it moderately and I’m fine with it, so it’s really benign and not a problem if my kid uses it,”’ he said.

    Doctors need to know how to respond to that thinking, and parents and teens need to know the risks, Ammerman said.

    POTENTIAL HARMS

    The brain continues to develop until the early 20s, raising concerns about the potential short- and long-term effects of a mind-altering drug. Some studies suggest that teens who use marijuana at least 10 times a month develop changes in brain regions affecting memory and the ability to plan. Some changes may be permanent, the report says.

    Frequent use starting in the early teen years may lower IQ scores, and some studies have shown that starting marijuana use at a young age is more likely to lead to addiction than starting in adulthood. Not all teen users develop these problems ad some may be more vulnerable because of genetics or other factors.

    MEDICAL VERSUS RECREATIONAL USE

    Solid research on medical marijuana’s effects in children and teens is lacking, although some studies have suggested it may benefit kids with hard-to-treat seizures. The report says other potential benefits, doses and effects are mostly unknown.

    Recreational use is illegal for those under age 21 even in states that allow adult use. Parents should avoid using marijuana in front of their kids and should keep all marijuana products stored out of kids’ sight, the academy says. Some young children who accidentally swallowed their parents’ pot-containing cookies or drinks have landed in the emergency room for mostly minor symptoms although some developed breathing problems.

    WHO’S USING

    Government data show that almost 40 percent of U.S. high school students have tried marijuana, about 20 percent are current users and close to 10 percent first tried it before age 13. Use has increased in recent years among those aged 18 and older but not among young teens. Still, kids aged 12-17 increasingly think that marijuana use is not harmful.

    Dr. Sheryl Ryan, a Yale University pediatrics professor and lead author of the academy report, said marijuana `’is the drug of choice” for many of her teen patients in New Haven, Connecticut. Some think daily use is safe, noting that their parents or grandparents smoked pot in college and turned out OK. But today’s marijuana is much more potent and potentially more risky, Ryan said.

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    Written by: associated press, Feb 27, 2017, Pediatricians warn against pot use: not your fathers marijuana, fox news

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  1. detoxin momma
    @coolhandluke, you make some damn good points.

    i feel like its about time *they* come up with something other than IQs....how about a decrease in testosterone levels, surely starting smoking pot so young influences that production. or even how it effects our dopamine levels.

    nobody can feel good with out of whack dopamine...

    lower IQs just isnt cutting it. now if we start hearing things like, you will always have issues feeling 'normal', you will likely develop issues with a sex drive, things people actually care about, that might grab peoples attention.
  2. coolhandluke
    Frequent use starting in the early teen years may lower IQ scores, and some studies have shown that starting marijuana use at a young age is more likely to lead to addiction than starting in adulthood. Not all teen users develop these problems ad some may be more vulnerable because of genetics or other factors.

    MEDICAL VERSUS RECREATIONAL USE

    Solid research on medical marijuana’s effects in children and teens is lacking, although some studies have suggested it may benefit kids with hard-to-treat seizures. The report says other potential benefits, doses and effects are mostly unknown.

    If solid research is lacking then how can there be studies linking marijuana use to lower IQ scores. I agree that kids should not use drugs until they have gotten to a point where they have other things going for them, that way experimenting with drugs does not become their sole way to blow off steam. Misleading kids and bull shitting them is going to make them trust any information you give them less, once they try smoking pot and the world doesn't crash they may think that the stuff they were told about cocaine or harder drugs may be just as false, this was the case with me at least.
  3. coolhandluke
    I love how the older generation, a lot of EX-Hippie's, have justified their hypocrisy regarding the control of their children's social, political, sexual philosophies by saying that in the 60's they were really fighting for something. They radically changed the world and what a marvel everything they did was. Now if/when their children are questioning authority and what they are being taught in school it is completely different from the parent's own civil disobedience. This has extended to drugs, marijuana in particular; if I'm not mistaken Hash was around, and nowadays the stronger pot does not require people to smoke joint after joint. Now taking a couple puffs give the same feeling smoking several joints used to, I would argue the strength would be healthier, if you don't need to smoke so much you will have that much less impact on the lungs. This is just another way for the older generation to rationalize their own behavior in order to be controlling. Also yes the weed now is much stronger but there was good weed around back then, i have talked to a lot of old timers and yes it is nothing like the pot today but it wasn't as weak as they make it out to be. was the lsd they took not as bad back then too?
  4. detoxin momma
    thats a good point you make healer, hopefully the stuff floating around today will put alot of first timers on their ass, and turn them away from it. I am an advocate for marijuana and all, but there are risks, best to hold off until you are older, and start small.
  5. Healer
    To me it sounds like a group of butt hurt doctors are letting their emotions get in between them science and their work. All they're doing is reiterating on shit responsible adults and parents already do. IMO the high potency of marijuana now is going to make kids who try it for the first time more put-off on using it because the higher the potency the increased negative effects. This is what happened to me. I was fine smoking weed till the boom hit and everything was far more potent than heirloom strains that were going around back when I was a kid.
  6. detoxin momma
    ok, this is my very first news attempt. i can find how/where to change the text format for the introduction, i only see it in the preview snippet??

    any pointers would be appreciated, be gentle.

    my link doesnt look as good as BT2H does hers either??

    seemed like this automatically went up with 5 stars, i may have clicked it myself on accident??
    1. Healer
      I don't know the answers to the editing question but you did vote since it says there is 1 vote.