weed & the teen brain
weed & making memories
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When it comes to using weed in your teens, there’s a lot of misinformation, confusion, and rumors out there. Let’s clear it up with the facts.
See how weed can affect your brain development
What is weed, and what is THC?
Weed, also known as cannabis, pot, or kush is a type of plant that contains THC. THC is a mind-altering (psychoactive) substance that creates the high sensation and has been shown to affect brain development in teens. Weed usually looks like a dried green bud or flower that has been ground up, but it can also come in a vape or as an edible.
Does weed harm you?
The science shows that using weed before the age of 25 puts your brain development at risk.
So what are the risks?
The brain doesn’t stop developing until age 25. Any use of weed, whether it's in a pipe, blunt, joint, edible, or vape, can harm the brain’s development and lead to difficulties with memory, attention, learning, and managing emotions.
Is weed legal in Maine for teens?
No. Although, in 2016, Maine legalized recreational cannabis use for people ages 21 and over, weed use is NOT legal for any person under age 21 who is not a qualifying patient. There are some good reasons for this. Teen brains are still growing, and science suggests that using weed under age 25 can impact how the brain develops.
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