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Marijuana can be risky for kids, said pediatricians


Ammerman helped to pen AAP's new clinical report on marijuana use during the era of legalization, which advises pediatricians to broach the topic during office visits, screen patients for substance abuse, provide intervention and treatment referrals, and discourage parents from using the drug in their children's presence. Specialists argue that this drug may affect the brain of teenagers who are in ongoing development.

The AAP report expresses concerns that legitimizing marijuana as a medication may lead teens to think its a safe drug, regardless of whether it's prescribed or not.

As marijuana use for recreational purposes is becoming legal in a growing number of US states, pediatricians are warning about dangers of kids using the controversial drug. The warning was released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Marijuana has changed in the past few decades.

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The report appears in the February 27 online issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The pediatricians warned parents that the regular use of marijuana pot by the children could damage their memory as its effects on brain and it can also lead your children to lungs diseases, depression, addiction, psychosis problem and it can shake the focus of your child.

"Marijuana is not a benign drug for teenagers because it affects their developing mind", says Dr. Stephen Patrick of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Doctors believe that this is not the right attitude for a parent.

As more states decriminalize the use of pot, he says he is anxious teens won't take the long-term consequences seriously. The report shares a list of adverse effects and points out that data only supports prescribing it to children in extremely limited circumstances-for decreasing seizures in specific epilepsy conditions, such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

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