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Cannabis and the Adolescent Brain

January 26 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

The human brain continues to develop until the age of 25. During adolescence, youth learn about the world and discover who they are as their brains mature. Risky behaviors such as using cannabis can have harmful effects on a developing brain when use (regular and heavy use) begins in adolescence.

Join us as we explore:
– How the human brain develops as we grow up
– The role of neurons, the processes of myelination and synaptic pruning and how these processes can be affected by cannabis use
– How compounds in cannabis interact with the human body
– The endocannabinoid system and how the body’s cannabinoid receptors interact with cannabis
– How cannabis affects different regions of the brain
– The functions of different sectors of the brain and how these can be specifically affected by cannabis use
– Health risks of cannabis use on a developing brain
– The impact of cannabis use on attention and memory
– How cannabis use can impact conditions including anxiety, depression and psychological disorders including psychotic disorders and schizophrenia
– A discussion on cannabis use disorder
– Harm reduction strategies and support resources
– Ideas to reduce the risk of experiencing negative outcomes caused by cannabis use
– Learn where and how to access free and confidential services across Canada

YCAP takes a harm reduction approach toward recreational cannabis use. YCAP does not make value judgments regarding recreational cannabis use, rather seeks to minimize risks associated with cannabis use by providing the most accurate and unbiased information.