Medical Marijuana Not Recommended to Teens With Chronic Pain

by Savitha C Muppala on  June 19, 2013 at 8:17 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News
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Medical marijuana should not be prescribed to teens undergoing chronic pain, says the Mayo Clinic.

The complete information on the risks and benefits of medical marijuana for adolescents is yet unclear and the Mayo Clinic does not recommend youth be given pot for pain conditions.
 Medical Marijuana Not Recommended to Teens With Chronic Pain
Medical Marijuana Not Recommended to Teens With Chronic Pain

Though the drug may help relieve some of their other conditions or symptoms, marijuana can cause some negative short-term side effects which is reduced concentration, lowered reflexes and tiredness.

Marijuana can also anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness and a lack of motivation.

The Mayo Clinic has advised that teens suffering chronic pain be first checked for marijuana use after which they should be given alternative treatments like biofeedback, physical therapy, and acupuncture. They should also educate them about the risks of using marijuana.



Source: Medindia

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