How Marijuana Affects Learning
As your teens go through high school and prepare for college they are at an increased risk for drug use and drinking. However, high school is the critical point in building the academic foundation for the rest of their lives. Be sure your teens remain drug-free during these critical learning years.
Marijuana is riskier than you think. It can limit your teen’s achievement in the classroom, on standardized tests and in the future.
- Marijuana can hinder a teen’s ability to learn. Heavy marijuana use impairs young people’s ability to concentrate and retain information.1 This can be especially problematic during peak learning years.
- Marijuana use is linked to poorer grades. A teen with a “D” average is four times more likely to have used marijuana than a teen with an “A” average. 2
- Marijuana and underage drinking are linked to higher dropout rates. Students who drink or use drugs frequently are up to five times more likely than their peers to drop out of high school.3 A teenage marijuana user’s odds of dropping out are more than twice that of a non-user.