"Studies suggest that adolescents who are exposed to cannabis are at risk for development of various neuropsychiatric disorders later in life, but there is much research still needed."
Daniele Piomelli, Professor of anatomy & biology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.
Piomelli has also been named Director of the recently created UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis, which will be studying the long-term impact of THC, the mind-altering compound in marijuana, on the adolescent brain. He went on to say:
“It is especially important to understand at what times in life and at what dosages cannabis may become dangerous, and to develop preventive and therapeutic strategies to manage this risk. This grant will allow us to take great strides toward gaining a solid understanding of the true benefits and dangers of cannabis and may lead to better ways to prevent cannabis dependence. It may also guide solid, evidence-based public policy decisions concerning medicinal and recreational uses of cannabis, as well as inform the development of medications aimed at treating harmful diseases.”