Use of Marijuana: Effect on Brain Health

Published: February 10, 2022

Illustration of a marijuana leaves between two brains
  • Marijuana is considered a harmless drug. Recreational use is popular with younger individuals and the consumption of cannabis in the general population in the U.S. is rising.
  • Basic and clinical studies examining the risk of stroke raise concerns about its potential long-term effects on cognitive function.
  • This scientific statement reviews the safety of cannabis use from the perspective of brain health and discusses the mechanics of cannabis induced cognitive dysfunction. It also advocates for a more informed healthcare worker regarding the potential harmful effect to the brain.