Marijuana is a mixture of leaves, stems, and flowers of the hemp plant.
It is smoked in the form of a "joint" or a "blunt."
Marijuana contains more than 600 chemicals, including the primary mind-altering chemical THC.
Today's pot is addictive, and it causes harm to developing brains and lungs.
It has been linked to an increased risk of depression.
It deposits chemicals in the lungs that could eventually cause cancer.
Marijuana affects a person's memory, concentration, and energy level.
It is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States.
Effects on Youth
Marijuana is considered a gateway drug; using it can lead to the use of other drugs.
The short-term effects of marijuana include problems with memory and learning, increased heart rate, anxiety, and panic attacks.
It can affect the user many ways, depending on the strength of the mixture.
It can have long-term effects, many of which are not known at this time.
It could contribute to the early development of head and neck cancer.
It is usually inhaled more deeply than tobacco.
Lack of energy
Appearing zoned out
Diminished sense of smell and taste
Strong, pungent odors
What can you do to prevent your child from using marijuana?
Know the facts about it.
Get educated about the associated risks.
Remain engaged in your child's life.
Keep your child involved in activities so he or she will not just “hang out” without direction.
Praise and reward your child's positive behavior so he or she will be a confident young adult who is capable of resisting peer pressure.
Don't make excuses. Learn, evaluate, and take action.
Listen for drug lingo.
Listen to, talk to, and love your child.
If substance abuse is suspected, take action to stop it.
Local information and resources are available by calling the Seven Counties Services, Inc., Regional Prevention Center at (502) 589-8600 or by visiting http://www.sevencounties.org and clicking on Prevention Programs and Services under the “Our Services” tab.
If you suspect or know that your teen is using marijuana or other drugs, contact the Early Intervention Program (EIP), a Seven Counties Services, Inc., assessment and educational program for youth, at (502) 439-9699.