By Canadian Association for Neuroscience
Special to Valley News 

Growing up high: Neurobiological consequences of adolescent cannabis use

Canadian neuroscientists offer insights into the long-term effects of adolescent cannabis use

 

Last updated 6/26/2019 at 6:56pm



About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis, or 19% of Canadians aged 15-19, and its recent legalization across the country warranted investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making and impulsivity control.

It is a highly vulnerable period for the development of the brain as it represents a critical period wherein regulatory connection between higher-order regions of the cortex and emotional processing circuits deeper inside the brain are establishe...



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