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Cannabis and Brain Health

Choosing a healthy lifestyle means making decisions that benefit your body and mind. Recent cannabis use, defined as within the last 24 hours, can have immediate and lasting impacts on critical functions like thinking, attention, memory, coordination, movement, and time perception. Our brains are remarkable organs, constantly developing until around age 25. During this crucial period, especially in babies, children, and teenagers, the brain is highly susceptible to the harmful effects of cannabis and its active compound, THC. Studies suggest that cannabis use by pregnant mothers may lead to attention, memory, problem-solving, and behavioral issues in their children. Using cannabis before the age of 18 can disrupt the brain’s development, affecting how it builds connections necessary for attention, memory, and learning. The effects of cannabis on these critical functions may last a long time or even become permanent. Youth who use cannabis often struggle in school and have difficulty remembering things, which can hinder their academic and personal growth.

Impact of Cannabis Use on Brain Health

The CDC has compiled a list of factors that may impact health:

  • Amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in cannabis (in other words, the concentration or strength),
  • How often it is used,
  • Age of first use, and
  • Whether other substances (for example, tobacco and alcohol) are used at the same time.

By choosing not to use cannabis, you are investing in your future. Protect your brain during its vital developmental years to ensure you can achieve your full potential. Prioritize your health and make choices that will benefit you in the long run. Remember, your brain is the foundation of your success—take care of it wisely.


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