Offering a jointWhile many people feel differently about the addictive nature of marijuana, there is no debating the long-term negative effects of smoking pot. People who begin using marijuana before age 18 are four to seven times more likely than adults to develop a marijuana use disorder1. Parents need to be aware of the dangers of marijuana abuse. To help parents stay more in the loop, here is a list of street names for marijuana and marijuana-related activities.

If you believe your child is smoking pot or has friends who are already smoking pot, it is very important that you talk to them about drug use and its consequences. Do your homework on the subject matter beforehand. Marijuana is known to lead to the following health issues:2

  • Memory problems
  • Heart problems
  • Coughing and breathing problems
  • Drugged driving
  • A lower sense of caring
  • Increases the likelihood of other drug use

If you discover that your loved one is using marijuana, be firm but not confrontational when you bring up the subject of marijuana use. Conversation is the best weapon parents have in the fight against drug use.

“It is okay to be vulnerable and ask for help,” says Chandler K at HeroesInRecovery.com. “I had to learn this through my journey. It was difficult to ask my parents for help, but it was the right thing to do. We have a close relationship again.”

If you need professional help,please contact Michael’s House today.The experts at Michael’s House know that working with young people is different than treating adults.We offer programs with proven results that help turn a child’s life around. Please don’t delay—we are ready to help.


1What Is Marijuana?” National Institute of Health. 9 October 2017. Accessed 14 October 2017.

2Marijuana Facts.”National Institute of Health.9 October 2017. Accessed 14 October 2017.

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