Know the Consequences of Teen Marijuana Use
- Marijuana can be addictive.
- Marijuana is unsafe if you are behind the wheel.
- Marijuana is linked to school failure, lower-income, and poor quality of life.
- Short-term effects (while using or right after using): include learning, attention, and memory problems; distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch); poor coordination and motor skills; increased heart rate; and anxiety.
- Long-term effects (effects of repeated use) include long-term learning and memory problems if heavy use begins during youth; risk for chronic cough, bronchitis; sleep problems, risk of schizophrenia in some people with higher genetic risk.
Tips for Parents
- Be a good listener.
- Set clear expectations about drug and alcohol use, including real consequences for not following family rules.
- Help your child deal with peer pressure to use drugs.
- Get to know your child’s friends and their parents.
- Monitor your child’s whereabouts.
- Supervise teen activities.
- Talk to your child often.