There’s some reefer madness going on when it comes to misinformation about the effects of weed on teens.
For decades many concerned adults have wondered: Is smoking weed at a young age harmful? Do THC effects on the brain cause addiction?
At The Flower Shop, we believe in providing accurate information about cannabis and our products. That’s why we’d like to address marijuana use in teens.
First, recreational marijuana use in teens is illegal. So is drinking, smoking, or vaping tobacco, all of which have far more scientific evidence of being harmful to people of any age than cannabis.
THC Effects on the Brain
When it comes to marijuana use in teens, THC effects on the brain can potentially cause problems for frequent or daily users.
The brain develops during childhood and adolescent years and won’t be fully developed until the mid-20s. Regularly consuming, vaping, or smoking weed at a young age may harm the developing teen brain.
According to the CDC, short-term adverse effects of weed on teens include:
● Difficulty thinking and problem-solving
● Problems with memory and learning
● Impaired coordination
● Difficulty maintaining attention
While more research is needed, it’s understandable that long-term or heavy marijuana use in early adulthood can have a profound impact, like any form of substance abuse. It can lead to:
● A decline in school performance
● Increased risk of mental health issues
● Impaired driving
● Increased risk for addiction
Marijuana Use in Teens: By the Numbers
It’s important to note that marijuana use in teenagers is NOT as prevalent as you might think. According to the Cannabis Industry Statistics 2021, the rates of marijuana use in ages 12-17 are:
● 1.1% report using marijuana daily
● 6.7% report using marijuana in the past month
● 12.5% report using marijuana in the past year
● 15.4% report using marijuana in their lifetime
How to Handle Marijuana Use With Your Teen
Practically every adult can recall some spectacularly stupid stunt or screw-up from their teen years. Making mistakes is a part of life and the learning process, especially in childhood when young brains are still developing.
Having regular conversations with your kids about why smoking weed at a young age, drinking alcohol, and using tobacco should be put on hold until they’re older can be far more effective than a lecture.
To reduce the chance of eye-rolling, heavy sighing, and other side effects of having teenagers, be open, understanding, share accurate information, encourage them to ask questions, and above all else, be honest.
A Word From The Flower Shop
Under 21? Sorry, we’re off-limits until you’re of legal age.
Entry at The Flower Shop requires presenting a valid form of state-issued ID for age confirmation and all IDs checked again before purchasing cannabis or related products.