Marijuana: What parents need to know

Hey parents – good news! We found an awesome resource for you. It’s a pamphlet from National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance titled “Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know.” It contains great info if you’re concerned about your teens and marijuana use.

Download it here!

marijuana-plantFacts about Marijuana

Marijuana is the #1 drug used in this country, even among teens. And although there’s a wave of synthetic drugs going around, most teens are still using and experimenting with the traditional form of marijuana. Although many ballot measures may lead you to believe it’s harmless, or “natural” if you will, studies show its detrimental effects on adults and teens alike. This highly addictive drug can have some major consequences.

The pamphlet includes all kinds of info about marijuana like:  nicknames of marijuana; how it is grown and used; impacts on health and the brain; statistics of use and more.

Statistics on Marijuana

If you don’t have the time to read through the entire pamphlet, take a look at some of these facts:

  • There are stronger forms of marijuana available to adolescents today than in the 1960s. Stronger marijuana means stronger effects.
  • Research shows that nearly 50 percent of teenagers try marijuana before they graduate from high school.
  • Marijuana has adverse effects on many of the skills for driving a car. Driving while high can lead to car accidents.
  • Marijuana users may have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers have, such as chronic cough and more frequent chest colds.
  • Marijuana smoking affects the brain and leads to impaired short-term memory, perception, judgment, and motor skills.

Testing for Marijuana

Testing for marijuana can still be used through a standard 5-panel urine test. Hair, fingernails and sweat may also be tested for its use. It’s important to remember, however, that this will only test for traditional marijuana. “Fake pot” is a synthetic drug and uses an alternative test.

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