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Marijuana is harmful to developing young bodies and minds! Marijuana is more potent now than it was a generation ago and is more accessible to teens.
Effects of Marijuana on the Brain
THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the active chemical in Marijuana that suppresses neurons in the information-processing system of the brain. Even short-term use could cause deterioration of learned behaviors and effects memory and emotions. It also effects your ability to problem solve, causes loss of coordination , increased heart rate, anxiety and panic attacks. Marijuana affects mental health and could lead to depression.
Effects on the Lungs
A regular marijuana smoker could have respiratory problems similar to that of a tobacco smoker; daily cough, phlegm, chronic bronchitis and chest colds. Smoking marijuana could destroy lung tissue. There are three to five times the amount of tar and carbon monoxide absorbed into the body smoking marijuana as compared with smoking tobacco.
Effects on Social Behavior
Recent research has proven that kids who use marijuana weekly are more likely to get in trouble with the law, struggle in school, have delinquent friends, engage in sex and end up in risky and dangerous situations.
How can Parents Help?
Parents are the single most important influence when it comes to drugs. You need to educate your kids before they are at risk on the harmful effects of marijuana and how damaging it can be to their lives. Most teens using alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana do so by the time they are 15. The critical age range lies between 12 and 16 where research has found that the likelihood of drug use increases by 500%.
One survey found that teens that sat down with their families for dinner 6-7 times a week were 1/2 as likely to abuse drugs and alcohol then kids who ate twice a week with their families. Dinnertime is a comfortable setting to find out what is happening in your kid's lives.