As a teen, did you know that your brain is still actively developing, and will continue to develop until you are in your mid 20’s? Because of this, it is important that you take care of your brain, and let it grow to reach its full potential. Using marijuana while your brain is still growing could weaken brain development, which means the brain may not achieve its full capability.
Did you ever know that it was wrong to do something, but you did it anyways? It turns out that you might be able to blame this on science! As the brain matures, some parts of the brain develop faster than others. The brains limbic system, which is the reward system, develops first, while the prefrontal system, which controls judgment, develops at a slower speed. This means that there is a period during your teens where the brain’s drive for pleasure is high, but its ability to make deliberate decisions is low. This explains why you might have a hard time controlling your impulses. (See graph below). This also explains why teens who try marijuana are nine times more likely than adults to develop a dependence on marijuana.
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