BEACON TRANSCRIPT- Marijuana legalization is still one of the most debated subjects. Some stated that the substance has significant effects on the brain and the body, while others fear that it causes severe addiction. Now, a medical journal editorial says that legal marijuana can have negative impacts on the brains of teenagers.
Canadian young people occupy first place when it comes to cannabis use in Europe and North America. 33% of them mentioned that they tried marijuana at least once before they were 15 years old. The use of legal marijuana at a small age can have a negative impact on the health of a teenager, mainly because their brain is still developing.
In Canada, the Bill C-45 wants to legalize marijuana. While most agree that it is ok to legalize this drug, some believe that the law needs tighter rules to help protect young people. The editorial Canadian Medical Association Journal mentioned this law fails when it comes to protecting the young.
CMAJ researchers mentioned that some additional rules need to be added to this law to protect teenagers. These rules include setting the minimum age to buy legal marijuana at 25 because at 18 the human brain is still developing. Another rule that needs changing is the one stating that people can grow marijuana at home. National standards for retail distribution need to be added.
Health Minister Jane Philpott mentioned that territories and provinces could change the minimum age limit to what age they like. The law is going to have the minimum age at 18. She also mentioned that making pot legal doesn’t mean that it is recommended or advisable.
Marijuana can be a psychosis trigger
Psychiatrist Romina Mizrah uses PET scans to show the effects of marijuana on teenagers’ brains. She studies people who have an average age of 20. It was observed that young people who smoke marijuana regularly have a decrease in an enzyme which regulates the endocannabinoid system. Other studies show that this drug can cause psychosis if it is used from a young age. The functional and physical changes in developing brain of people who smoke marijuana cause a lot of damage.
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