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According to a new report, boomers have become an “important and growing segment” of cannabis consumers following legalization, while high schoolers have lowered monthly usage.
Federal data shows that adult marijuana use has increased by double since 2012, while youth use has dropped by a quarter.
Younger teens who vape are more susceptible to being rewired for subsequent marijuana use, due to their still developing and sensitive brains.
Researchers found that the higher the frequency adolescents used cannabis, the lower they scored on memory tests, inhibition control, and reasoning.
Of the students that have heard of High Costs, which teaches about the consequences of adolescent marijuana use, 75 percent say it has discouraged them from using cannabis.
The study found that teens who used marijuana at least once a week before the age of 18 are associated with a 37 percent increased risk of depression as adults.
Though it touched on many factors, including the additional stimulation of peer usage, the study found that conduct problems don’t spike with marijuana consumption.