Smoking bud may not make your teen brain any smarter, but it won't cause any damage either!
Or at least that's what a new study is suggesting.
Researchers scanned the brains of 92 adolescents, ages 16 to 20, before and after an 18-month period. During that time, the ones who had already been smoking kept smoking, the ones who'd been drinking kept drinking, and the ones who did neither kept doing that, too!
The brain scans of the teenagers who drank 5 or more drinks at least twice a week showed significant declines in memory, attention, and decision-making into later adolescence and adulthood.
The brain scans of the teens using marijuana an average of nine times a week during the 18 months showed no change whatsoever!
Here's what one researcher said:
"It becomes a cycle. If teens decrease their tissue health and cognitive ability to inhibit themselves, they might become more likely to engage in risky behavior like excessive substance use."
We obviously don't think this should be motivational fodder for teens to try smoking, but rather should warn them of the dangers of binge drinking alcohol.
Remember kids - there's a time and place for everything and it is called college!