CONTACT Marijuana doesn't help psych problems - Dr. Christian Thurstone

In fact, it may make them worse.

Please allow me to be frank — as I was during a town hall meeting sponsored by Colorado state Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Democrat and a physician (my thanks to her for inviting me to speak):

At that same meeting, I tried to put so-called “medical” marijuana into a larger context that explains why there’s very little, if anything, medically valuable about it. The drug is especially harmful to adolescents, who are in crucial stages of brain growth and development (the human brain doesn’t mature until about the age of 25).

About Chris Thurstone

Dr. Christian Thurstone is one of only a few dozen physicians in the United States who are board-certified in general, child and adolescent and addictions psychiatry. He is Director of Behavioral Health Services at Denver Health and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado, where he conducts research on youth substance use and addiction and serves as director of medical training for the university’s addiction psychiatry fellowship program. You can read more about him here.

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