There is a lot of discussion centered on marijuana legalization and the safety of its use these days. We’re here to remind you that for teens and young people, marijuana is still a dangerous and harmful drug. Here are just a few of the terrible side effects teens might experience with marijuana use:
- School difficulties
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Increased aggression
- Car accidents
- Use of other drugs or alcohol
- Risky sexual behaviors
- Worsening of underlying mental health conditions including mood changes and suicidal thinking
- Increased risk of psychosis
- Interference with prescribed medication
If you suspect your teen is using marijuana, sit and talk with them about the possible side effects and encourage them to find healthier ways to socialize with friends, manage their emotional upsets, and find that “high” that makes them feel energized and feel good (things like exercise and hobbies).
We’re here to support you. Find a way to open channels of communication with your teen and develop a strong relationship in which you can discuss even things like this.