The Pew Research Center's report on drug policy in this country indicates, by a wide margin, that the public today views marijuana as less harmful than alcohol.
But, Doug Spearman, an addiction specialist at the Ranch at Dove Tree, says people need to understand that marijuana leaves a mark on the brain.
"So, now we're starting to learn that even casual use of marijuana, at least in the younger population, produces brain changes that we didn't know about before. Heavy use actually compounds those problems and has shown even more exacerbated changes in the brain, as the use goes up."
Spearman is referencing a recent study at Harvard which compared IQ points before and after years of marijuana use. The researchers found a lower IQ when regular marijuana users were tested later.
To learn more about treatment for marijuana addiction, the number for the ranch at dove tree is (806) 746-6777.
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