February 26, 2020
Are vaporizers putting your teenager at risk for marijuana abuse?
According to a recent study published in the May 2015 edition of Pediatrics, the increased use of electronic vaporizers by American teenagers is allowing them to better disguise their use of marijuana. Because the vapor emitted by the devices is so different, there is no marijuana smell to alert parents.
Between 2011 and 2015, the regular use of electronic cigarettes by US teens increased more than TENFOLD.
At every grade level, students are more likely to use e-cigarettes, instead of real ones. And the younger the person is, the more likely they are to use a device.
Furthermore, teenagers who use e-cigarettes are 4 times as likely to start smoking regular ones within 6 months as teens who don’t use the devices.
“It’s so much easier to conceal e-cigarette pot use. Everybody knows that characteristic smell of marijuana, but this vapor is different. It’s possible that teenagers are using pot in a much less detectable way.”
~Professor Meghan Rabbitt Morean, Oberlin College
29% of “dual users” – students who use electronic devices to vape marijuana – smoke dried leaves. But 23% of dual users used hash oil, and 15% vaporize THC-infused wax. This practice is known as “dabbing”.
Dried cannabis leaves vary in potency, from as low as 5% THC up to about 28%. However, hash oils and wax can contain up 30 times as much THC. Marijuana wax reaches 99.7% pure THC.
And these amped-up concentrations are particularly hazardous to the still-developing teenage brain.
Chronic marijuana abuse, especially at higher concentrations, can put the user at greater risk for:
These effects are long-lasting, and in some instances, may even become permanent.
In addition, teens who use marijuana are up to 7 times more likely to develop a medically-diagnosable addictive disorder.
If your teenager is using marijuana in any form, it can be harmful to their physical and mental health. The best thing you can do to protect your child is get them qualified professional help.
For over 35 years, Teensavers Treatments Centers has been the most-trusted provider of addiction recovery services in California. By offering teen-focused treatment, Teensavers transforms the lives of teens and families in crisis.
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