Adolescent Marijuana Use and Clinical Practice
The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Volume 8, Number 3, May 2017
Private practice in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry in San Francisco and Marin County, CA; former president of the California Society of Addiction Medicine
Dr. Cermak has disclosed that they have no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to these educational activities.
There is conclusive evidence that marijuana use, particularly in early adolescence, can affect brain development. Most of the effect is on memory, attention, and executive function. How do we prevent these negative effects? Dr. Cermak’s advice is: delay, delay, delay. The more success we have getting kids to delay onset of use, the more protection we provide.