Top 5 Dangers of Marijuana for Teens

Marijuana is an extremely common drug–second only to alcohol in the united states.

In 2018, more than 11.8 million young adults used marijuana in the past year. (source)

Though it is used so widely among teens and other young people, is it safe? The answer is, unequivocally, no. Marijuana contains the mind-altering THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which can affect the mind in startling ways.

Here are the top 5 dangers of marijuana use in teens:

  1. Marijuana use in the teen years can negatively impact cognition (thinking)
  2. Marijuana can negatively affect memory
  3. Marijuana can impair learning ability
  4. Longterm marijuana use can lead to hallucinations and paranoia
  5. Smoking marijuana can irritate and damage the lungs

Though it may be trendy to believe that marijuana has no ill effects, or at least fewer ill effects compared to alcohol and other drugs, marijana is still dangers for young people and should be absolutely avoided. If you are a parent of a teenager, talk to your teen about the dangers of marijuana. Keep communication open and model good, appropriate behavior surrounding drug use.

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Are you modeling safe alcohol behaviors for your teens?

It can be easy to forget that our teens watch our behavior and learn how to behave as adults. We too often go about our daily lives as parents forgetting that every move we make is being scrutinized by our kids. Today, we want to remind you to take your place as a role model for the next generation seriously. One way you can do this is by modeling appropriate and safe behaviors around alcohol.

  • Do you often have an alcoholic drink and drive soon after?
  • Do you binge drink?
  • Do you allow your teens to drink alcohol in your own home?
  • Do you allow your teen to drink alcohol PERIOD?

All of these behaviors are harmful and send the wrong message for your teen. Instead, show them the following:

  • Drinking in moderation.
  • Always designating a sober driver for yourself if you’re traveling after imbibing.
  • Never allowing your teens to drink, even in the safety of your own home. Alcohol can damage the growing brain and lead to accidents and more.

Our teens learn from our behavior. They look to us for proper cues for healthy living. Be the best example that you can be. Keep lines of communication open between you and your child and be an approachable person for them to share their questions and concerns.

A great resource for talking to your teens about alcohol can be found at the Mayo Clinic website.

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Did you know that alcohol dehydrates you?

Yep. It’s true. Alcohol is a diuretic, which is a fancy way of saying that it causes your body to take fluids out of your blood via your kidneys and other parts of your renal system at a much faster rate than say, water or other liquids that do not have a diuretic effect.

If you drink too much alcohol at once, it can cause dehydration. If you are of legal drinking age, one way to combat this is through drinking water while you drink your alcohol. If you are underage, avoid alcohol at all costs!

Better yet, no matter your age, next time you’re craving alcohol, go for water, tea, or non-caloric soda instead! Your health (and your body) will thank you!

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Weekly Round Up

Miss our posts this week? No worries! We’ve got you. Check out our latest from Instagram this week and remember, you are strong enough to resist the false allure of tempting drugs!

Working up the courage and acumen to chat with your teen about drugs? We’re here today to tell you, “You’ve GOT THIS.” Talking with your teen about the dangers of drug use can seem scary on the surface, but it is the best way to encourage your child to make wise decisions (plus it opens up communication between you.)


It is hard to stand up to peers who may pressure you to use drugs, but believing you have the courage and acting as though you have it will enable you to say “no”! You’ve got this.


Life is already hard enough. Don’t make things even harder on yourself by abusing harmful drugs like alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. A drug-free life can take you places!


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5 Reasons to Stay Away from Vaping

Vaping is on the rise among teens and adults alike. But is it safe? Research is suggesting that vaping, though maybe not as harmful as traditional cigarettes, still comes with a variety of health concerns attached. Today we want to share our five top reasons for avoiding vaping at all costs.

1. Vaping is just as addictive as traditional cigarettes

E-cigarettes still contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance. Best to stay away.

2. Vaping isn’t a surefire way to quick smoking

If quitting smoking is your goal, there are better ways to go about it. Research suggests that those who use E-cigarettes as a tool to quit smoking usually just end up smoking both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes.

3. E-cigarettes contain other harmful substances besides just nicotine

Nicotine isn’t the only thing to worry about in relation to e-cigarettes. There are many other harmful compounds that could compromise your health.

4. Vaping can disrupt your lung health. 

If you want to be around a long time on this earth, keeping your lungs in functioning, tip top shape is a must. Avoid vaping to keep your lungs breathing well.

5. Vaping can have a negative effect on your oral health.

Just as smoking traditional tobacco can lead to oral cancers, vaping can have inflammatory and irritating effects on the mouth and gums.

 

It can be hard to stop a bad habit, but we know you are capable of doing it! Stay strong and avoid vaping this week. Then the next, and the next! You’ve got this.

SOURCES

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/5-truths-you-need-to-know-about-vaping

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/is-vaping-bad-for-you#effects-on-lungs

 

How do you prioritize self care in your life?

Self care can take many forms, but we’re primarily interested in the self care that looks like avoiding alcohol and other harmful drugs like marijuana, tobacco, and the abuse of opioids. It may not seem like self care to say no to an alcoholic beverage at a friend’s house, but in the long run, you are making great strides in your overall health. Every time you prioritize health over momentary pleasure, you’re flexing and building up that “muscle” that allows you to have greater willpower in the future. Self care is important. So is keeping your body free of harmful substances. Take charge of your health today and just say “NO”!

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Family Check Up

Is your family a welcoming, inviting place where the members feel encouraged and uplifted? Is your home environment positive and happy? If not, it may be time to reassess your family atmosphere. Teens who feel safe and loved are more likely to make wise, healthy choices in their lives. If you feel your home is a place of dis-ease, it may be time for an overhaul and some healthy change. We want to encourage you that change is possible. Check out NIDA’s resource on a Family Check Up here.

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