Washington D.C. [USA], March 29: According to Canadian researchers, teenagers who begin smoking pot in the early age of 15 or less may suffer long-term cognitive deficit, memory loss, physical illness and respiratory diseases.
Those who did not smoke until 21 years of age, are unlikely to develop a lifelong habit, findings published in journal health.
“The task force outlines these benefits to take marijuana out of criminal hands, to tax it, to make sure that product quality is preserved,” said lead author Dr. James McIntosh.
“We need to start collecting data on it to see what the effects are on people of all ages,” McIntosh added.
To find out the effect of cannabis on physical and mental health, researchers from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, looked at data from the 2013 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, and two others.
The result of the report was teenagers who begin to consume the drugs below age 15, was found to cause cognitive deficit, diminished IQ, limited educational success and mental illness.
One of the negative impact of consuming marijuana at the age 17 or younger, they had an average 62.5 percent lower chance of receiving a high school degree.
The performance of the school students also become worse by smoking high amounts of cannabis.
The worst effect on early users of absorbing cannabis is respiratory diseases and certain cancers.
The problem can be resolved by different educational programs, counseling services and a distribution system could help minimise use by young people, suggested by researchers.