The 3 Things Parents & Teens Need to Know about Pot

Without doubt, much of the information parents have access to about cannabis/marijuana is rather conflicting.

This makes it even harder for them to understand its potential impact on their teenagers, who are amongst the most common users of recreational pot.

Though some people use it for its medicinal benefits, others emphasize its side effects. Parents therefore have second doubts about what to tell their children when they have the “marijuana talk”.

Nowadays, it appears that everywhere we turn; someone is talking about cannabis.
And, parents are struggling with their efforts to raise drug-free children in a world of cannabis legalization, acceptance, and its ongoing advertising, according to Common Sense Media.

As a parent, you may have been coming across information claiming that cannabis has healing properties and that people have been using it to treat all kinds of illnesses, from cancer to depression.

Hence, you may think that cannabis usage cannot be harmful. But, things are not so black and white.

This report sheds some light on the marijuana debate from a parent’s perspective and highlights the 3 key things both parents and teens need to be aware of about pot.

Cannabis Is No Good for Young People

Since teenagers’ brains and bodies are in a period of development, they may experience pot’s negative effects.

When used on a regular basis, pot can contribute to damage and changes in the brain. Pot also influences the coordination and judgment which puts your teenager at a higher chance of injuries, particularly if they use it prior to driving or during.

Teenagers Deem Marijuana Safe?

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 30 percent of young people aged between 18 and 25 used pot in the previous year.

Therefore, talk with your teen about their knowledge and views on cannabis.
Many young people throughout the world have the notion that cannabis is harmless and consider it to be better than tobacco or other illegal drugs, as seen on Very Well Mind.

However, researchers are concerned that cannabis may impede the development of young people’s brains.

Several studies, as noted on National Public Radio’s website, indicate that cannabis consumption, once or more on a weekly basis, can interfere with the teen’s memory and problem-solving skills.

This could further worsen their cognitive skills and performance in school. Since this is a period of habit-formation, your teenager’s usage of marijuana could become chronic.

Due to the ongoing media advertisements trying to present cannabis as completely harmless and the insufficient research on the negative impact of prolonged cannabis use, parents and their young children are less aware that there ARE negative side effects of its usage.

This being said, check out the list shown below with three highly important points about pot that both parents and teens need to know.

Your teen may be consuming pot in numerous ways, from smoking, vaping, to eating pot edibles according to Amy Norton from Web Md.

The 3 Things Parents & Teens Need to Know about Pot

1. Pot has negative short- and long-term side effects

As noted on Kids Health, smoking, vaping, or ingesting cannabis is known to cause temporary side effects such as problems with thinking, decreased problem-solving skills, memory and learning issues, poor coordination, distorted perception, elevated appetite, and drowsiness or lightheadedness.

Though short-term, they can be problematic if the teenager is driving a vehicle or attends school while “high”.

When people use cannabis for a long period of time, they increase their risk of brain changes (reduced capacity for multitasking, memorizing, and focus), fertility problems (lower sperm count in men and delayed ovulation in women), bronchitis, increase of mucus, and chronic cough, weaker immune system, and symptoms of depression and anxiousness.