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Could Your Teen Be Using Marijuana?

May 15th, 2009 · No Comments

How to Roll the PERFECT Blunt

If you suspect that your teenager is using marijuana and you’re Gen X (like me) or even a generation above, then you’ll be searching their room for a bong of the Michael Phelps variety.

But like every generation next, the Gen-Yer has changed the rules and is more likely to be smoking marijuana in a ‘blunt’. So while you’ve been searching their room for a tell-tale implement, your teenager may have been secure in the knowledge that what you don’t know about, you’re unlikely to find.

Blunts are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana. If you’re really unlucky, your teenager may even be rolling up a combination of drugs, including crack.

You may know people who used marijuana when you were a teenager, may even have used for a period of time yourself. But how much do you really know about this common ’starter’ drug? If you can’t answer the following questions without the answers provided, then as a parent of a teenager you don’t know enough.

Q: What’s the main active chemical in marijuana called?
A: THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).

Q: What are the short-term effects of marijuana?
A: Problems with memory and learning; distorted perception; difficulty in thinking and problem-solving; loss of coordination; and increased heart rate, anxiety, and panic attacks.

Q: What are the effects of marijuana on the brain?
A: THC changes the way sensory information gets into and is acted on by the hippocampus. This is a component of the brain’s limbic system that is crucial for learning, memory, and the integration of sensory experiences with emotions and motivations.

Q: What effect does it have on the lungs?
A: Someone who smokes marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers have, including daily cough and phlegm, symptoms of chronic bronchitis, and more frequent chest colds.

Q: What are the effects of heavy marijuana use on learning and social behaviour?
A: Critical skills related to attention, memory, and learning are impaired among people who use marijuana heavily, even after discontinuing its use for at least 24 hours.

Q: What are the effects of long-term use?
A: Lower achievement than non-users, more acceptance of deviant behaviour, more delinquent behaviour and aggression, greater rebelliousness, poorer relationships with parents, and more associations with delinquent and drug-using friends.


Tags: Addiction · Drugs · Motivation

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