If you are like most parents. you may feel some relief that your teen “just smokes pot”. It’s a common sentiment fueled by the fact that, according to your teen, “EVERYONE does it”. Turns out, when it comes to the teen brain, the story may not be so innocent.
Understanding the Big Deal, How Marijauna Harms Youth, is provided by Christian Thurstone, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver Attending Physician, Denver Health & Hospital Authority, a general, child and adolescent and addictions psychiatrist who serves as medical director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Education and Prevention program (STEP) at Denver Health & Hospital Authority. STEP is one of Colorado’s largest youth substance-abuse treatment clinics. Dr. Thurstone also serves as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center, where he conducts federally funded research about treatment for marijuana addiction.
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