Whether a child has not yet tried marijuana, has begun to use or uses it regularly, the guidance and information found here can help.
Marijuana is a product of the cannabis plant and its main active chemical is THC. It poses substantial health and safety risks to young people, yet it is the most widely used drug among this population.
The teen and early adult years are when our children are most vulnerable to marijuana’s harmful effects. It can affect how their brains develop, grades, relationships and physical health. Risk for addiction increases too.
National trends have shown generally low rates of youth marijuana use. Still, a recent spike in adolescent and young adult use, coupled with a decade-long decline in thinking about marijuana as risky or harmful, is concerning.
It can be challenging to know the difference between normal teen behaviors and those that may be related to substance use. The following details telltale signs that you child may be using marijuana.
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National Library of Medicine. “Cannabis Use and Progressive Cortical Thickness Loss in Areas Rich in CB1 Receptors During the First Five Years of Schizophrenia.” NIH, 18 June 2018, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20863671
NIDA. “Marijuana.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 22 Jun. 2018, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana. Accessed 3 Dec. 2018.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Commonly Abused Drugs Charts.” NIDA, 2 July 2018, www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs-charts#marijuana-cannabis