Marijuana use is becoming increasingly prevalent as more states legalize it for recreational and medicinal usage. Many teens believe this indicates it’s safe for them to use. But the reality is there is no safe amount of marijuana use for kids and teens.
If you’re worried about your teen’s marijuana use, there are steps you can take to keep them safe and healthy during a vulnerable stage in their development. For more information or for an assessment of your teen, call the team at Rosecrance today at (866) 330-8729.
The danger of marijuana use in teens
Contrary to popular belief among teens (and even some parents), any amount of marijuana usage can be unsafe. The potential side effects on the developing brain are not worth the risk for kids and teens.
The teenage brain is developing and will continue to do so well into the 20s. At this time, there is far greater risk of cognitive deficits with marijuana usage. A recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics revealed that teens who use marijuana are more likely to develop mental health disorders and can develop health complications from inhaling smoke.
Know the signs of teen marijuana use
The physical signs of teen marijuana use are not always easy to see, especially as teens may wait to see their parents until the effects have worn off. These include:
- Red eyes
- Severe anxiety
In some cases, parents are more likely to notice the behavioral signs. Perhaps your teen has been taking more risks, defying curfews, or hanging out more with a friend who is known to use marijuana.
Talking to your child about drugs
Whether or not you suspect your child of using marijuana, it’s important to continue to talk to them about drug and alcohol use. Parents can help clear up misconceptions about drugs and lay the groundwork for open communication if a child ever does need to talk.
Look for everyday opportunities to keep the conversation on drug and alcohol use going. Let your teen know that you’re available to help as needed, without judgment.
How to find hope and support for your teen
Hope and help is available for teens struggling with marijuana use and abuse—and for their parents. We offer inpatient and outpatient treatment services for teens and ongoing support for parents.