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Teenage Marijuana Use

This is why marijuana is called “the gateway drug”. Accessible and relatively harmless to many adults, marijuana is easily accessible by teens who like its high. Many teenagers will then move on to more serious drugs.

Many people think marijuana is a “harmless” drug. This is because they think back to the marijuana they smoked in the 60’s and 70’s. Today’s marijuana has evolved through selective breeding and advanced growing techniques, such as hydroponics or special lighting.

The active ingredient in marijuana is Delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.This is the chemical that gives marijuana users their high.

In 1960, marijuana had 1% THC. It was as low as 1% in the 1960’s. In 1970, it was up to 4%. Today’s marijuana has at least 10% THC. This means that most teens are smoking marijuana today at least ten-times more potent than the marijuana their parents smoked as teenagers.  buying weed online in canada

Teenagers are unlikely to smoke pot with their parents. There are many other signs that a teenager is using marijuana. These indicators can be used by parents to confirm that their teenager has been using marijuana.

  • Rolling papers
  • Hash pipes
  • Small plastic bags containing remnants of dried marijuana leaves
  • Remaining seeds in pockets
  • The “sweet” smell of marijuana smoke in clothes, bedrooms, and cars
  • Matches and lighters
  • Use of the term pot or 420 (nicknames used for marijuana).

Teenagers who smoke cigarettes are a good indicator of their marijuana use. Teens often smoke cigarette to mask the smell of marijuana smoke or to conceal the fact that they have lighters or matches.

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Jerome Dodson