Children & Teens

DARE Redux

Bud of marijuana balanced on the point of a school pencil, in a row of pencils with their eraers pointing up, isolated on white.
California researchers tried to threaten and belittle middle-schoolers into fearing cannabis. Not only does the tactic not work, and it can increase chances of risky behavior to more dangerous drugs.

Lower Rates of Cannabis Use After Legalization

A new study suggests that marijuana use among working 12th graders has increased since legalization in Colorado, and therefore interventions to reduce youth use are necessary. But working 12th graders were the only subgroup whose cannabis use increased since legalization. Everyone else — working 8th and 10th graders and all unemployed survey participants — used cannabis at a lower rate. The study’s data actually illustrate that legalization reduces youth use of cannabis, but the authors emphasized the 12th grade data and ignored the key take-away.

Cannabis & Pediatric IBD

Drawing of child with stomach ache
Cannabis is used by many individuals with inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD), which includes conditions like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. IBD is not uncommon among people younger than 18, and about one in three of these individuals use cannabis to manage symptoms such as nausea, pain, and fatigue.