Dr. Steven Laviolette - 2016 to 2018
Western University

"The effects of neurodevelopmental exposure to the primary psychoactive component of marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)''

Our research program is focused on an issue of urgent concern to mental health care in Ontario. Recent epidemiological evidence has demonstrated that the use of cannabinoid drugs such as marijuana is increasing exponentially among Ontario youth. This is of particular concern given a wealth of clinical evidence showing that exposure to marijuana during critical periods of adolescent brain development may lead to serious mental health problems, including an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, in young adulthood.