Cannabis Use and Consequences

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2019 Dec;66(6):1075-1086. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2019.08.004.


As an increasing number of states legalize cannabis use for recreational and/or medical purposes, it is increasingly important to understand the neural and cognitive consequences of recreational cannabis use in adolescent consumers. Adolescence is marked by ongoing neuromaturational processes, making this a particularly vulnerable period, particularly regarding exposure to drugs, including cannabis. This review highlights evidence from studies documenting the neural impact of cannabis use in adolescence and explores mediating factors related to cannabis use.

Keywords: Adolescence; Cannabis; Cognition; Function; Marijuana; Neuroimaging; Recreational; Structure.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology
  • Adolescent Development
  • Humans
  • Marijuana Abuse* / epidemiology
  • Marijuana Abuse* / etiology
  • Marijuana Abuse* / psychology
  • Marijuana Abuse* / therapy
  • Marijuana Smoking* / adverse effects
  • Marijuana Smoking* / epidemiology
  • Marijuana Smoking* / psychology
  • Marijuana Smoking* / therapy
  • United States / epidemiology