Cannabis and the Teen Brain, featuring Jodi Gilman, PhD – Shrinking It Down

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Topics: Addiction & Substance Misuse

Welcome to today’s “pot-cast”! Marijuana is on everyone’s mind, especially the parents of tweens and teens, as it becomes legal in more states – not just for medicinal use, but for recreation. We’ve learned from alcohol that teens are going to have easier access to cannabis the more state laws ease up, even when the age minimum is 21. But weed today and weed in the 70s are almost like two different drugs. And the truth is, we don’t know all the ways that it affects the developing teen brain because it hasn’t been studied for that long.

So, what do we know about cannabis and its effects on the teen brain? Gene and Steve welcome special guest Jodi Gilman, PhD, a neuroscientist at The Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, to discuss. Her research focuses on the effects of alcohol and cannabis on the brains of adolescents and young adults – be sure to check out her most recent study at the top of today’s media list.

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Episode edited by Sara Rattigan

Music by Gene Beresin

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