Known commonly as weed, kush, pot and many other nicknames, some people mistakenly believe marijuana is safe for teens.
Smoking marijuana exposes the lungs to more tar than cigarettes (American Lung Association).
Using marijuana before the age of 25 is associated with significant memory and cognitive decline (CDC).
Withdrawal from regular marijuana use is associated with irritability, sleep disorders and restlessness for the first two weeks (National Center for Biotechnology Information).
People who use marijuana under 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults (DrugAbuse.gov).
Marijuana can be smoked through a joint (cigarette), bong, or even discreetly through a coke can. It can also be vaped. Users who smoke can become high within ten minutes, and feel the effects for 1 to 3 hours, while long-term effects such as “brain fog” can last over 8 hours.
Marijuana in edible form is commonly known as edibles. Popular edibles include gummies, chocolate, baked goods (cookies, brownies, etc), crackers, and more. “Homemade” edibles can be created through cannabis oil/butter.
Teens are especially susceptible to “overdosing” on edibles. Only a small dose is needed to become high – a portion that can easily be misjudged by young adults. Edibles take 1-3 hours to take effect, often leading impatient users to overconsume. It is medically impossible to overdose on marijuana, but too much can cause extreme effects which include:
Marijuana can be consumed sublingually, such as applying a strip under the tongue. Users become high quickly through this method and the effects can last for hours. Some users prefer this method as it is more discrete and lacks the distinct smell caused by smoking.
CBD or THC-infused topical creams include lotions, creams, bath salts, and oils meant to be applied directly onto the skin. The cannabis lingers on the skin with effects starting in minutes and lasting for 1-2 hours. Even if the cream contains THC, users will not become high in the typical sense. More commonly used for pain relief than for psychoactive effects. However, CBD creams have not been extensively tested for use in children and teens, and no longitudinal studies on its effects have been completed.
Have a conversation with your teens about marijuana. When talking, remain calm and keep an open mind to create an honest dialogue. Refrain from harsh judgment, but aim to promote awareness of the following:
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