As a Psychology Professor it is my job to provide the most current information for my students. This week I was asked about marijuana and whether it could actually help teens with anxiety. The students were so shocked by the statistics and information I pulled up, I thought I would share it with you all.
Here is the thing, teen brains and adult brains are not the same. In fact, the average brain does not reach full development until around age twenty-five. Therefore, anything which influences the brain before that age will have an impact on its growth and development. After researching for a bit I found The National Institute for Drug Abuse to have some of the most current information and statistics. In addition, I learned about their Monitoring the Future Project which is funding some pretty remarkable studies. Here is what blew my students away:
2. Young people who use marijuana before age 18 suffer a permanent average loss of 8 IQ points.
3. Habitual use increases the risk of schizophrenia. The risk of psychosis is also DOUBLED.
Mind blowing, isn't it? With statistics like this it is essential that we are teaching our children and teens ways to handle emotional discomfort and pain. The C.L.E.A.N.S.E formula in Emotional Detox is a way to do this. We may not be able to control all the influences on our children however, we can teach them how to handle stress, peer pressure, triggers, trauma and more. Emotional Detox provides a mindful, formula which can easily be applied in daily life.
I am wicked excited to be a part of a Parenting Retreat on May 12th! I will be there teaching about the formula with books on hand! You can check out the information here: loveyogafest.com