Did you know your brain is not fully done developing until age 25?
The last part of your brain to develop is the prefrontal cortex, which governs skills such as empathy, decision-making, judgment, impulse control, emotion regulation, frustration tolerance, and abstract thought.
- Teens who wait to use drugs or alcohol until age 21 are likely NEVER to have problems with addiction during their lifetimes
- Teens who have a genetic predisposition to addiction and wait until age 21 are 40% LESS likely to have problems with addiction
Key Takeaway: Delay, Deny, Discourage use.
When you introduce drugs or alcohol into your body, your developing brain STOPS developing!
We call this arrested development.
Drugs and alcohol literally shut off the use of most of our brain. This is why it is hard for people to make good rational decisions when they are under the influence.
Fact: Engaging in drugs and/or alcohol will stunt one’s psychosocial maturity level.
This means if you engaged in these behaviors at 14 and stop at 17 you are as mature as a 14-year-old. But there is time to catch up if you stop now!
Marijuana: Did You Know?
- Although teens may think everyone is using marijuana, research shows that there have been declines in youth use
- The short-term effects of marijuana include lack of motivation, problems with memory and learning, distorted perceptions, challenges with problem-solving, decrease in motor coordination, increased heart rate, dry mouth, and anxiety, to name a few
- The long-term effects of marijuana use include chronic cough, bronchitis, induced mental illnesses, depression, and personality changes
- Marijuana comes from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa
- The active ingredient is THC (delta-9—tetrahydrocannabinol)
- Marijuana effects everyone differently at different times
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