3 Things I Wish Parents – and Teens – Knew About Pot

We live in California, where marijuana is now, as of Jan. 1, legal for recreational use. My four teens report that pot is already very easy to come by and that “everyone” uses it. More concerning to me: Many of my friends – fellow parents – believe that teen marijuana use is not harmful.


Nothing could be further from the truth.


First, the good news: Most teens don’t smoke pot or ingest edibles. That said, 41 percent of American high school seniors report having used marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids in the past year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. That’s a very large minority. Do they know what they are doing? Here is what I wish all kids – and their parents – knew about pot:

  1. Marijuana slows brain development in adolescence.
  2. Marijuana today is actually very addictive, especially for teens.
  3. Pot today is a different drug than it was a generation or two ago.


Carter, Christine. “3 Things I Wish Parents – and Teens – Knew About Pot.” http://www.health.usnews.com. 24 January 2018. Web. 29 January 2018.