Even though your children say, “it’s just weed” there is evidence that proves it causes harm.
In fact, one out of every six teens who use marijuana will develop a marijuana use disorder. Early and regular use in teens can affect the teen’s brain development. Research also has proved that using marijuana is related directly to mental health problems.
Here’s how you can help your teen understand what’s fact and fiction about marijuana.
Explain the link between marijuana use and mental illness
Studies have proven that there is a relationship between mental health illnesses such as psychosis and schizophrenia, depression and anxiety. If your family has a history of psychosis it increases the risk of developing psychotic or worsening symptoms early.
Focus on the risk of their development
Teenager’s brains continue to develop until they are in their mid-20s. Our bodies have a system that allows it to develop properly, but when a teenager uses weed, it floods that system and prevents it from working properly.
Using marijuana regularly also changes the behavior and thought process of teenagers. Research shows that regular users were less likely to complete high school or graduate from university. The same research probed that the drug also lowered a teenager’s IQ.
Talk about the respiratory effects of cannabis smoking
Cannabis smoke contains many of the same chemicals as tobacco smoke. Many of those chemicals are carcinogens, which cause cancer. Regular use also leads to similar symptoms and side effects of smokers including getting bronchitis.
Teenagers can develop a chronic cough, wheeze, aggravation of asthma, sore throat, chest tightness, and shortness of breath, all of which lead to asthma.
Spot the signs to know your child’s cannabis use is a problem
Your child’s friends will change and their sleep routine will change as well. Problem cannabis use includes poor attendance at school, declining grades, depression, memory loss, lowered inhibitions, increased inappropriate behavior.
Keep an eye on your child’s changing and talk to them about your concerns in a calm, collected matter.
If you start to notice changes in your child’s behaviour and health due to marijuana use, contact us today.