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Nigerian Youths Urged against marijuana intake

Study has indicated that persons using marijuana may find it more difficult to perform cognitive functions.

According to review of a study published on Thursday in the journal Addiction, it was stated that youths using marijuana are at risk of brain damage as the weed can affect the ability to think, solve problems and plan.

However, Cannabis use in youths may consequently lead to reduced educational attainment, and, in adults, leads to poor work performance and dangerous driving.

“Our study enabled us to highlight several areas of cognition impaired by cannabis use, including problems concentrating and difficulties remembering and learning, which may have a considerable impact on users’ daily lives,” said co-author Dr. Alexandre Dumais, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal.

“ These consequences may be worse in regular and heavy users,” Dumais said.

Weed’s impact on the brain can be particularly detrimental to cognitive development for youth, whose brains are still developing, said Dr. Megan Moreno, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, who was not involved in the study.

“This study provides strong evidence for negative cognitive effects of cannabis use, and should be taken as critical evidence to prioritise the prevention of cannabis use in youth,” Moreno said. “And contrary to the time of Cheech and Chong, we now know that the brain continues to develop through age 25.

“Parents should be aware that adolescents using cannabis are at risk for damage to their most important organ, their brain.” Moreno Concluded.

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