Talking About Marijuana Use with Your Children
Talk about the legality of marijuanaMarijuana legalization is spreading, but slowly. Though many states are legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and/or the medical use of marijuana, marijuana still remains a Schedule I drug federally . That means, in the eyes of the federal government, marijuana is still illegal, both recreationally and medically. Kids can be quick to draw comparisons as fuel for an argument. If marijuana is legal in some places, they might argue, it should be legal everywhere, and it cannot be harmful. Many things which are legal nationwide, like alcohol, cigarettes, and most notably, prescription opioid drugs, are harmful, even life-threatening.
Talk about the science of marijuana use in adolescentsScience has proven that there are benefits to using marijuana medicinally. For teenagers, on the other hand, science has consistently proven that marijuana is damaging to the developing cortex, impairing cognitive function. Young brains are still developing and the cannabis inhibits the development long term. Academic performance has also been proven to be negatively affected by marijuana use in youth. Some studies indicate that young kids who regularly use marijuana have a lower intelligence and cannot think as quickly or as well as peers who do not use marijuana regularly.
Talk about personal beliefs regarding marijuanaDo you know what your kids actually know or how they actually feel about marijuana? Have they been approached by friends to use marijuana? Are friends using marijuana already? Would your kids know what it looks like or how it is used if they were approached with marijuana? While you don't want to inspire kids to use marijuana, it is important for kids to be informed in order to be prepared to make a smart decision for themselves when they are presented with temptation.
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