The Marijuana Infographic Every Teen Needs to See

Though the laws surrounding marijuana are changing, more facts about the effects this drug has on the adolescent brain are still surfacing. Make no mistake, marijuana is still a mind-altering substance, and more and more studies are revealing the dangers of using it during adolescence. “Studies show that marijuana interferes with attention, motivation, memory, and learning. Students who use marijuana regularly tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of high school than those who don’t use,” explains The National Institute on Drug Abuse. To show teens and their educators how this seemingly harmless drug can affect their still-developing brains, NIDA has created the shareable infographic below.
Infographic courtesy of NIDA Infographic courtesy of NIDA

This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed the dangers of adolescent marijuana use here on the blog — take a look at our previous posts, such as “Teen Brains at Risk as Marijuana Use Rises,” to learn more about how marijuana affects the teen brain. And to learn more about teen substance abuse, subscribe to Choices, the health and well-being magazine for teens. We provide need-to-know information about issues relevant to today’s modern teens, like the unknown dangers of synthetic marijuana.