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VCkidsFYI: Marijuana and the Teen Brain. Learn About It.

VCkidsFYI
Ventura County Behavioral Health

THE IMPACT

  • Marijuana is 3-5X stronger than it used to be
  • Marijuana’s effects can last for days or weeks
  • Problems paying attention and concentrating
  • Slower thinking
  • Less memory

SCHOOL

Marijuana has been shown to have a connection to:
  • Lower grades
  • Skipping classes
  • Studying less
  • Lower motivation
  • Potential for dropping out
  • Lost opportunities



TEENS WHO SMOKE MARIJUANA FREQUENTLY HAVE FEWER CHOICES

  • 60% of daily users do not complete high school
  • Young users are 4X less likely to finish college
  • Drug testing can limit job opportunities
  • Social media photos may be checked out by school and employers

HEAVY TEEN USE LOWERS IQ PERMANENTLY

  • Early marijuana use is linked to IQ dropping about 8 points
  • Regular teen users who stopped using later in life did not recover the brain functionality that was lost

Remember, talk to your child. Your child listens. Parents Matter.


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If you're concerned about signs of drug use with your child, call (805) 981-9200 to talk with a professional at VCBH, Alcohol & Drug Programs, Youth Services, Monday through Friday, 8 AM - to 5 PM.
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