All About Marijuana
Far too many parents describe it as “just pot” until they experience firsthand a child addicted to the drug.
Marijuana addiction is the No. 1 reason youth in the United States are admitted for substance-abuse treatment.
It’s important for parents and youth to be well educated about marijuana because of its rise in popularity and the common myth that it is relatively harmless compared to alcohol and tobacco. On the contrary, recent research shows that marijuana is more harmful to brain development than previously thought. In fact, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient of marijuana that produces the euphoric high users experience, binds to the very receptor, called the Cannabinoid 1 Receptor, that helps control adolescent brain development. Loss of brain function and intelligence can result — and may be permanent.
It is even tougher for parents and youth to understand the potential dangers of THC because of the various forms the drug takes. It is infused into — and masked by — cookies and brownies, candies, cereals, sodas, lip balms and lotions, and a wide array of other products that appeal to kids.
Marijuana use by age group
Percentage of U.S. youth who have used in the last month
Smart Colorado, a nonprofit organization focused on protecting youth from the harmful effects of marijuana use and legalization, has produced a video featuring perspectives that often don’t make it into news coverage. In Colorado, marijuana use among adolescents h
After a review of more than 10,000 peer-reviewed academic articles, The National Academies of Science (NAS) has concluded that marijuana use is related to several health problems, including: – mental health problems, such as suicidal thought, psychosis and social
Two federal surveys tracking drug use rates show marijuana use continues to rise in Colorado. Monitoring the Future First, let’s look at the national Monitoring the Future study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan for the National Institute on D
The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area has released its fourth report on the impact of marijuana on the state of Colorado. Problems associated with the drug continue trending in the wrong direction. The agency, also known as RMHIDTA, is part of a nation
After many months of rigorous review that included careful evaluation of the world body of science, the Obama administration’s Drug Enforcement Administration announced today that marijuana’s Schedule 1 drug classification will remain intact, and the number
Given that the health of American youth is in question and that so many states base their policies on reports issued by the State of Colorado, it is important to understand what the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) actually tells us. The survey’s results a
The marijuana states of Colorado, Oregon and Washington are not included in the 2015 state-level Centers for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) study released today. Those states either did not participate or did not have adequate pa
The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), recently published a study claiming a significant drop in marijuana-related problems among teenagers, such as addiction and having trouble at school. As with all review of scientific res
The City and County of Pueblo’s three largest healthcare providers are backing a ballot initiative to end commercial marijuana for recreational use. Among their physicians’ chilling findings: Half of all babies born at one hospital last month tested positive
Resources for families
- Clearing the Haze: Helping Families Face Teen Addiction
- Reefer Sanity: 7 Great Myths About Marijuana
- Marijuana Debunked: A Handbook for Parents, Pundits and Politicians Who Want to Know the Case Against Legalization
- A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
Addiction Treatment for Adolescents
These links are not program endorsements. However, these programs may be a helpful start for your search.
- Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Prevention – Denver Health
- ARTS – University of Colorado
- The Cornerstone Program