(NBC) - Regular marijuana use can affect the brain function of teenagers and young adults.
Studies show marijuana use is on the rise, with an estimated six percent of high school and 31 percent of college students reporting themselves to be regular smokers.
Researchers say brain imaging studies of young pot users show significant abnormalities in the brain's grey matter, which is linked to intelligence.
Marijuana use has also been associated with poor attention, memory, a loss in IQ, and addiction.
Experts say the move to legalize marijuana has given many teens a false sense of the risks involved in smoking pot.
More research is needed to develop improved prevention strategies and interventions.
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