Teens in Roanoke City are like any other teens. Peer pressure and social media can have a lot of influence on teens, but parents can have even more.
According to research, kids are less likely to use marijuana if they know their parents disapprove.
So start talking.
According to Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, here are some facts about teens and marijuana use:
The part of the brain that controls reasoning and impulses — known as the prefrontal cortex — does not fully mature until the age of 25. This can have noticeable effects on behavior, such as:
- Difficulty holding back or controlling emotions
- A preference for high-excitement and low-effort activities
- Poor planning and judgment (rarely thinking of negative consequences)
- More risky, impulsive behaviors, including experimenting with drugs and alcohol
Evidence has shown that marijuana use during the teen years could potentially lower a person’s IQ and interfere with other aspects of functioning and well-being.
Teens under age 17 who use marijuana every day are 60 percent less likely to graduate from high school, compared with their peers who have never used the drug.
Marijuana can increase risk of chronic cough, bronchitis and schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals. It also may increase risk of anxiety, depression and a series of attitude and personality changes.
Teens who use marijuana as a coping mechanism can have a difficult time working through emotions as adults.
The following links may help you navigate this process and remember parental involvement is key to reducing marijuana use: