Early Cannabis Use Connected to Adult Memory Problems

Young adults who abused cannabis as teens performed about 18 percent worse on long-term memory tests than young adults who never abused cannabis.

“The memory processes that appear to be affected by cannabis are ones that we use every day to solve common problems and to sustain our relationships with friends and family,” said senior author Dr. John Csernansky, the Lizzie Gilman professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The brain abnormalities and memory problems were observed during the individuals’ early twenties, two years after they stopped smoking marijuana.

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Parent Further: Search Institute for Families

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The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM)

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SAMHSA Defends Keeping Drinking Age at 21

An opinion piece in the NY Times argued for the US to “Return the Drinking Age to 18, and Enforce It

SAMHA’s Pamela S. Hyde responded with the reasons why “maintaining the current minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) of 21 is critical to the health and safety of our nation’s individuals, families, and communities:

  • Studies have found that people who begin drinking before age 15 are 4 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence during their lifetime than are people who begin drinking at age 21.
  • Research has also shown a clear link between age 21 MLDA laws and a decline in motor vehicle crashes among underage youth and young adults – declines leading to fewer injuries and fatalities.
  • Moreover, age 21 MLDA laws have been shown to lower levels of alcohol consumption among all young adults, both underage as well as of legal age.”

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

 

The ONDCP provides information on new policies and reforms as well as data and research related to substance abuse in the United States.