What Parents Need to Know 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.

Statistics on Marijuana

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 be found through Test Smartly Labs’ variety of drug testing services. We can test hair, fingernails, and sweat 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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