February 26, 2020
“We found that people who began using weed in their teenage years and then continued to use marijuana for many years lost about eight IQ points from childhood to adulthood, whereas those who never used marijuana did not lose any IQ points.”
~Dr. Madeline Meier, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University
For better or worse, the marijuana laws are loosening in America. This reflects the attitude of a slight majority of Americans – 51% think that recreational marijuana should be legalized. They view it as a harmless personal activity.
“But I Smoke Pot and I’m OK”
But as the general public’s acceptance of weed grows and laws become laxer, there are some dangerous attitudes being formed. Parents who themselves might use marijuana may fail to see the harm SEVENFOLD increased risk that the drug can do to their children.
Dr. Seth Ammerman, a Stanford University Professor of Pediatrics who recently authored a report for the American Academy of Pediatrics warning against teen marijuana use, says that more and more parents are asking if it is okay for their children to use pot.
“Parents will say, ‘I use it moderately and I’m fine with it, so it’s really benign and not a problem if my kid uses it,” Dr. Ammerman says.
Unfortunately, pot-smoking parents who think that way may be exposing their children to more harm than they realize. There are several reasons why today’s marijuana is so particularly dangerous to teenagers:
No matter what your personal opinions are, it is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to use marijuana. Fact, coupled with the extensive evidence about the perils of teenage marijuana use, means that there are some definite steps you should take to protect your children, especially if you are a user yourself:
If your teen is abusing marijuana, it important that you get them professional help, before the consequences become too great and the damage becomes permanent. It is equally important that you educate yourself on how you can change your personal habits to support your child’s recovery.
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