|Cannabis: smoking before age 17 impacts school performance|
Cannabis: smoking before age 17 impacts school performance: A study by an Inserm team, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology this week, examined the impact of cannabis use on adolescents’ academic performance. Scientists have tried to evaluate the effects on so-called “early” smokers, ie those who started using cannabis before the age of 17 years.
It emerges from this work that this population of young people is less likely to obtain a baccalaureate than non-consuming peers. Girls would be more affected in their academic performance than boys. On the other hand, the effects are diluted for consumers over 17 years of age: Inserm observes levels of comparable degrees between smokers and non-smokers.
These results could be partly explained by the damage caused by cannabis to their brain, which results in changes in concentration, memory and motivation. And so, ultimately, by a decline in the educational level of aspiring smokers.
In a statement published on May 18, the authors of the study also want to alert on the trivialization of this act. They point out that in France, they are more than one in ten pupils and one in two high school pupils who have already experienced cannabis.