Both alcohol consumption and pot smoking can take a toll on a developing youth’s body, affecting both short- and long-term health effects.
Just like alcohol, we know it is critical to talk with our kids about the importance of making good decisions. We want to give them facts they can use, not leave them empty handed with only myths and misconceptions.
We’ve compiled a list of resources to assist the parents in our community navigate the topic of marijuana and teens along with useful tips on just how to go about broaching the subject with the ones they love.
Wake Up to the Risks of Marijuana
Time and again, kids say their parents are the single most important influence when it comes to drugs. So this message needs to start with you. Kids need to hear how risky marijuana use can be. Don’t wait until your child has a problem. The earlier you talk to your kids about marijuana, the less likely they will be to use it. Find a time like driving your child to school or soccer practice and use it as an opportunity to talk. Tell your kids how marijuana interferes with concentrating on schoolwork or their ability to play sports. Explain the legal trouble they can get into and let them know they could lose a job or a scholarship. Tell them how to stay away from risky situations and what words to use if someone offers them marijuana.
Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know
Talking To Your Kids – Communicating the Risks
Why do young people use marijuana? Children and teens start using marijuana for many reasons. Curiosity and the desire to fit into a social group are common ones. Some teens have a network of friends who use drugs and urge them to do the same (peer pressure). Those who have already begun to smoke cigarettes or use alcohol—or both—are at heightened risk for marijuana use as well. And children and teens who have untreated mental disorders (such as ADHD, conduct disorder, or anxiety) or who were physically or sexually abused are at heightened risk of using marijuana and other drugs at an early age.
Teens and pot use: Parents, here’s what you need to talk about
Parents who have convinced their children that alcohol and tobacco are bad for them are likely struggling next with how to talk with their teens about marijuana — especially as it has become legal for adults to use recreationally in Colorado.
The perceptions many teens — and often, their parents — have about pot are not only wrong, they can be dangerous, say medical and treatment professionals.
Marijuana and Teens
Many teenagers experiment with marijuana. Friends, peer pressure, and portrayal of marijuana in the media often affect a teenager’s decision to use. Parents can also play an important role in teaching their children about the risks of using drugs.
Talking with your child when they are in elementary or middle school in an honest and open way can prevent drug use in the future. The following are tips on for how to discuss marijuana with your child:
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Raising a child is probably the most gratifying job any of us will ever have — and one of the toughest. In large part, that’s because times have changed. We live in an increasingly complex world that challenges us everyday with a wide range of disturbing issues that are difficult for children to understand and for adults to explain.
Talking to Teens About Marijuana – 9 Do’s and Don’ts
Pot use by adolescents is up again this year. The best prevention is stopping it before it starts.
Mary Jane won the popularity contest at your kid’s school this year. Students in a national survey said they strongly prefer marijuana to other drugs, and more junior high and high schoolers say they’re toking up.
Talking with your kids about drug use is no less important than talking with them about sex—and just as difficult. To a child who likes to push the envelope, a parent who strives for cool and casual may seem to be saying that drugs aren’t a big deal. Be rigid and judgmental with an adolescent, on the other hand, and chances are you’ll get nowhere. Experts have a few pointers.
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Marijuana
If you know someone who smokes marijuana, urge him or her to stop or get help. If you’re smoking marijuana—stop! The longer you ignore the real facts, the more chances you take with your health and well-being. It’s never too late. Talk to your parents, a doctor, a counselor, a teacher, or another adult you trust.
Your Teen and Marijuana
5 Key Messages for Parents about Marijuana and Tips for Talking to Your Teen
Nearly 4 out of 10 students, grades 9-12, have tried marijuana.* Even if you don’t think your child is experimenting, it’s important to talk to them about the risks and consequences of marijuana use. Marijuana use changes teens’ brains, bodies, and behaviors. Help Maine teens have safe, healthy and successful futures.