Medical Xpress - Perception of Marijuana As a 'Safe Drug' Is Scientifically Inaccurate

New York, NY
 – August 27, 2013  –– 

The nature of the teenage brain makes users of cannabis amongst this population particularly at risk of developing addictive behaviors and suffering other long-term negative effects, according to researchers at the University of Montreal and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "Of the illicit drugs, cannabis is most used by teenagers since it is perceived by many to be of little harm," said Yasmin Hurd, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and System Therapeutics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "This perception has led to a growing number of states approving its legalization and increased accessibility. Most of the debates and ensuing policies regarding cannabis were done without consideration of its impact on one of the most vulnerable population, namely teens, or without consideration of scientific data."
-Dr. Yasmin Hurd, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and System Therapeutics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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