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Effects of marijuana on teens may be ‘overstated’ — Here’s why you should still be careful

By Jessica Vomiero – Global News

While we’ve long heard that frequent use of weed by young adults could have negative impacts on their cognitive ability, a new study out of the University of Pennsylvania reveals that these claims may be overblown.

“Results indicate that previous studies of cannabis in youth may have overstated the magnitude and persistence of cognitive deficits associated with use,” reads the study.

The findings revealed that frequent cannabis users scored slightly lower on memory tests, had a harder time learning new information and had more difficulty completing higher level thinking involving problem-solving and processing information than non-cannabis users. However, these impacts disappeared almost completely if the subject abstained from cannabis products for 72 hours, suggesting that long-term impacts may, in fact, be minimal.

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