Lots of information exists out in the world about the positive benefits of smoking weed. Many U.S. states support legal medical marijuana use however, mixed messages from the media misconstrue information when it has several hundred carcinogens that can be toxic to anyone, especially teens. Learn more about the negative repercussions of smoking weed for teens.
Teens cannot usually overdose on marijuana alone. Hallucinogenic or psychoactive effects can be accelerated when marijuana is combined with other substances. Some of the negative side effects of teen marijuana use include:
Teens will give off warning signs something is not right. If a teen is using drugs, the following may be exhibited:
Some of the signs listed above are normal teen traits. When two or more traits begin to show up in collusion and it doesn’t feel right, it is possible the teen is using drugs. One of the best ways to know is simply to ask. Do some research and ask professionals for support prior to confronting the teen, particularly if he or she may be volatile.
A parent’s role in a child’s suspected drug use is to jump in right away. Kids can be manipulative, secretive and deceptive about drug use when confronted by parents. Dishonesty is part of the game of addiction because the brain changes and shifts as well as the teen’s body during addiction. As a parent, the first role is to support and protect the child. It may help to:
Stand firm, realize addiction is a disease and be objective about the teen’s behavior. This will help be more effective in efforts to get help. Approach the problem with tough love and be willing to support the teen through treatment options (inpatient, outpatient) and whatever it takes to get better.
Hired Power believes the family plays an important role in helping teens get clean from drug addiction. Call us if you need help finding support for your teen’s drug use.
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