Misconceptions around pot answered by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital doctor


THANK YOU FOR COMING IN. HERE IS MY FRIEND DR. LOWERY WITH THE HELEN DEVOSS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. MARIJUANA, SINCE BEING DECRIMINALIZED THERE IS A LOT OF MISCONCEPTION ABOUT IT. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING WITH YOUNG PATIENTS THAT YOU WORK WITH EVERY DAY? MARIJUANA SMOKING IS PREVALENT. U.S. THEM IF THEY SMOKE, THIS — YOU ASK EM IF THEY SMOKE AND THEY SAY NO, BUT YOU HAVE TO DEFINE BETWEEN CIGARETTES AND MARIJUANA. CIGARETTES ARE BAD, WHAT ABOUT MARIJUANA? IT GROWS NATURALLY, THE PERCEPTION IS THAT IT’S SAFER. SOME ARE SMOKING IT BECAUSE THEY ARE POSSIBLY SELF-MEDICATING FOR DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY. I THINK THAT THE FEAR OF POT HAS GONE AWAY. EVEN BY US LEGALIZING IT, WE ARE SAYING WE — SAYING IT IS OK TO SMOKE IT. WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT IT IS A DRUG, IT IS ADDICTIVE AND HAS HARMFUL CONVOCATIONS. AND I REMIND THEM THAT IF YOU ARE UNDER 21, IT IS STILL ILLEGAL. WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON A 15-YEAR-OLD THAT SMOKES FAIRLY REGULARLY? A LOT OF THEM SEEM TO THINK YOU CAN’T GET ADDICTED. WE KNOW THE TEENAGE BRAIN IS STILL FORMING. THERE IS RISK OF POOR BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND SLEEP. THERE HAS ALSO BEEN ASSOCIATED MORE RISK OF PSYCHOSIS WHEN YOU START SMOKING YOUNGER. FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE, IS IT SAFE BECAUSE POT IS NATURAL? NO. DON’T SMOKE IT, DON’T EAT IT, DON’T DAB IT. ALL THE OTHER WAYS YOU CAN GET IT, DON’T USE IT. THANK YOU, DR. LOWERY. MAKE IT A GREAT DAY WHERE YOU LIVE. ♪

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