With the legalization of marijuana in full swing many are wondering what the effects on individuals will be now that the drug is readily accessible. AHS has a list of many resources outlining risks and recommendations for cannabis use that can be found on their website. They suggest that the most effective risk prevention strategy is to avoid cannabis use altogether.
However, if an individual is going to use, one of the most important points professionals stress is to avoid early initiation of cannabis. The exact age that cannabis becomes “safer” to use is debated, some suggest 18 years old (the legal age) is sufficient. However, there is evidence that cannabis can have increased negative effects on individuals who used the drug prior to their mid-20s.
There is a plethora of concerns that are linked to early cannabis use, such as lower IQ, greater behavioral impulsivity, mental health problems, poorer attention, memory issues, and along with others.
The stigma around cannabis is changing due to legalization. Despite this, individuals who choose to use cannabis should understand all the risks involved in using. The sites and studies recommended by AHS cover many other topics relevant to cannabis use other than the implications of early-use. These articles, or any other reputable sources, should be consulted before choosing to use cannabis.
Find all of AHS’ cannabis-related information here.