Parents and mentors can have an impact on whether or not youth use cannabis. Some pre-teens, teens and youth in their early 20s seek out new experiences, such as using cannabis.
You can help prevent underage use by starting the conversation about cannabis with youth in your life, and make sure they are aware of potential consequences.
The brains of young people do not fully develop until they reach their mid-20s. Regular cannabis use during the early years of life can lead to harmful physical changes in the brain. Research shows that when youth use cannabis their memory, learning, and attention are harmed. Some studies suggest a permanent impact as well.