In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to marijuana.
In fact, the study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that adolescents are about three and a half times more vulnerable to developing a cannabis use disorder (which is essentially cannabis addiction) than adults.
Researchers also noted that vulnerability might be linked to brain development in teens since “the brain adapts to the presence of the drug as it’s developing, making addiction to marijuana as well as to other addictive substances more likely during this life stage.”
Linda Richter, vice president of prevention research and analysis for the Partnership to End Addiction, told UPI, “Many parents still believe that the marijuana that teens are using today is no more harmful than the marijuana they may have smoked when they were teenagers. But the potency of marijuana has quadrupled over the past couple of decades and the concentration of THC is far higher in today’s products, especially in vapes and edibles, than it was in the past.”
The problem will likely worsen: As pot has been legalized in more U.S states, teen use has risen roughly 20%, one California study suggested.
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