“Marijuana is a Plant. How Harmful Could It Be?”

marijuana as a plant

With marijuana becoming more widely legalized and normalized across the country, teens are asking legitimate questions and pushing back against the notion that they shouldn’t use. Perhaps you’ve heard this one before:

Marijuana is a plant. It’s natural. How harmful could it be?

This question may stop you in your tracks. After all, marijuana is a plant. Often, it is natural. So how do you respond to your teen, and still seem reasonable and credible?

First, remember that use of any substances, including marijuana, is harmful for the still-developing teen brain. This conversation is an opportunity to express love and compassion for your teen, and also point out some other plants that – yes, are natural – but can also be harmful. Try saying something like this:

“Not all plants are necessarily good or healthy for you – think about heroin, or even poison ivy.” By saying this and pointing out other natural substances or plants that are dangerous, you’re helping your teen rethink his or her point by utilizing knowledge you already have on hand. You can then express compassion:

“I love you and care about you so much. Plant or not, natural or not, marijuana can impair your judgment and be harmful to you at this stage in your life. I want you to be the best, healthiest version of yourself and doing marijuana, or any drug, is dangerous at your age.”

You can also ask your teen what he meant when he or she asked about marijuana being harmful. You could say something like: “I heard you say ‘How harmful could it be?’ What did you mean by ‘harmful?’ What does that word mean to you?” By doing this, you’re getting your teen to create his own boundaries around marijuana use. These open-ended questions are catalysts that enable the conversation to keep moving forward, and encourage openness between you and your teen.

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    June 7, 2015 at 3:14 AM

    I just want to point out that this never really pointed out a problem just a way to make you child or teen to this k like you.

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    June 7, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Lmao heroin is an opiate. Weed affects your endocannabinoids which is responsible for regulating your bodily functions(like the oil required for lubricating your vehicle.) it’s impossible to overdose, the only reason it was made illegal in 1941 because William hurst used yellow journalism to demonize marijuana because he and a few other big wigs at the time including the president were heavily invested in the timber industry( and the narcotics company would lose money too with the medicinal benefits it treats without need of all them damn pills.) cbd in cannabis saves kids with epilepsy going from having 2-400 seizures a week to only having 1-2 at most if even that sometimes. Plus it gets them off all pharmaceuticals which they would build tolerances too anyway and require higher dosages of pills. We can do better than this as humans yet we are as tillable as a kid who is told Santa clause is real. We believe the stereotypes yet nobody takes the time nowadays to do just a little research. I’m prepared to argue this with anyone. This paragraph I posted is only a fraction of the benefits and history that relate to this subject. Grow up people. we are adults let’s not buy into every stereotype that comes our way. The science is right in front of you. Ps my dad was a cop for 10 years and never was against pot. He let people who had weed on them go. Now if they had hard drugs or whatever else then yeah your going for a ride to the station. I play piano, guitar, and train jiujitsu and kickboxing and stay healthy. I have an iQ of 143 and I have smoked weed for over 10 years. So you can shove your stoner stereotypes down the drain lmao

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    May 21, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Amazing response Dvoin, your thoughtful reply and analysis of the pros, cons and dubious history of marijuana criminalization will surely turn millions of people away from this plant, saving them from a life of despair. Thank you for your service citizen #1.

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    May 16, 2015 at 1:47 AM

    On this one I usually say, “You don’t run around eating berries in the bush because they are natural do you? Natural does not mean safe!”

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    John Doe

    May 15, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    what is wrong with marijuana

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