The Most Important Thing To Tell Your Kids About Cannabis

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How Being Honest About Cannabis, Saves Kids from Suffering. Here's what you need to know about talking to your kids about pot. Most kids & teens never learn the REAL dangers of cannabis use. Here's the TRUTH - Teach it! Plus, one marijuana fact that could save them from suffering.

Important Topic to Address with Your Kids

What To Teach Kids About Cannabis

 

I have a whole list of facts to teach your kids about cannabis.  But before we delve into the details, let’s address another very important topic.

 

Please discuss your family history of mental illness with your children.  Here’s why –

 

Now, adolescents have more risks associated with marijuana use because of immature brain development.  But, legal marijuana is safe for most adults.

 

However, research indicates that there is a small section of the population that needs to exercise more caution with cannabis.

 

Schizophrenia & Psychosis – Kids Need to Know Their  Family History

 

Mental illness and cannabis are two difficult topics to discuss.

 

Mental illness is often hidden by families because of the stigma associated with it.  (as is cannabis)

 

But children NEED to know their family’s psychiatric history in order to make safe & responsible decisions about cannabis use (both in adolescence and adulthood).

 

How Being Honest About Cannabis, Saves Kids from Suffering. Here's what you need to know about talking to your kids about pot. Most kids & teens never learn the REAL dangers of cannabis use. Here's the TRUTH - Teach it! Plus, one marijuana fact that could save them from suffering.

 

Individuals with a strong family history of schizophrenia (and/or illnesses with characteristics of psychosis) should AVOID recreational cannabis use – ESPECIALLY during adolescence.

 

Individuals with a strong family history of schizophrenia, who choose to utilize medical marijuana, should be guided and monitored by a licensed professional.

 

If your child has a family history of schizophrenia (or other illness associated with psychosis), PLEASE make sure they are aware of the association between cannabis and psychosis.  This knowledge could change their life and prevent suffering.

READ:  Cannabis may trigger the onset of psychosis

We Need to Talk About Weed with Our Kids

Whether you have a family history of mental illness or not, it’s imperative to talk to your children about cannabis.

 

But before you revert to the DARE education of your youth – remember the facts have changed drastically.

 

Unfortunately, when it comes to cannabis education in schools, what most children are being taught is distressingly inaccurate.

 

Kids are still taught propaganda.  The “facts” listed in textbooks about marijuana are dangerously out of date.

 

This continued spreading of misinformation is doing our children a disservice. Please teach the real facts at home.

 

How to Explain Misinformation to Children

It’s confusing for kids to be taught one thing at home and another thing at school.  I wrote this article for Ravishly and it explains exactly what I tell my son about cannabis.


READ:  My 9 yo Knows Good People Smoke Pot

 

 

Why You Should Be Stingy with the Term “Drugs”

The term “drugs” is powerful.  It should be.  Drugs like cocaine, meth, and heroin are dangerously addictive and potentially deadly.

 

A casual approach to these dangerous drugs can lead to life-destruction.  The warnings about these drugs need to be powerful.

 

Social attitudes toward marijuana are rapidly changing; drug education must follow suit.

 

As more people come forward and admit to regular cannabis use, the stereotype of the stoner is beginning to die.

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Fear of Marijuana is Faltering

 

Humans require legitimate fear to survive.  It keeps us safe.

 

Don’t dilute the word “drugs”-with non-lethal cannabis.

 

Children hear about drug addiction and overdoses in the media.  My family has lost loved ones to addiction and overdose.  It’s a powerful experience that instills fear – It’s an important and necessary fear.

 

I want my kids to be afraid of drugs.  I do not want them to see successful people, using dangerous “drugs”, and living normal happy lives.

 

Most marijuana users live normal happy lives.

 

For most people – legal cannabis use is safer than alcohol.  Cannabis is not the dangerous deadly drug DARE told us it was.  Kids NEED to understand this important distinction.


Death by Pot?

 

Here are they ways pot can kill you.  Someone can hit you in the head with a cast iron pot.  Someone can use a pot to cook up some poison…

 

But No one has ever died from a marijuana overdose.

 

Compare that to 18,893 deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses

 

Or 29,001 alcohol related deaths from alcohol poisoning in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

 

No one has ever died from ingesting marijuana.

Real Risks of Marijuana

 

Marijuana isn’t deadly but that doesn’t make it perfectly safe.  There are real dangers and side effects.  Kids NEED to know the REAL risks.

Is Marijuana Addictive?

  • Yes, Marijuana IS addictive.
  • Approximately 9% of users may become addicted to marijuana.  A statistic similar to how many male drinkers become alcoholics.
  • Cannabis withdrawal is not deadly like alcohol.
  • Marijuana withdrawal for adults is like giving up coffee.
  • Addiction of anything can be devastating to adolescents


Read: Marijuana withdrawal is like giving up coffee 


Gateway Myth

Ban the term “gateway” from your vocabulary.

 

Marijuana use does not cause people to use other drugs.

 

Addiction can start from huffing a paint can.  Most marijuana users live normal lives.

 

The idea that cannabis causes someone to use other drugs is propaganda.

 

Still worried about they gateway myth?  This Times Article is an excellent read that dispels this fallacy.

 

How Being Honest About Cannabis, Saves Kids from Suffering. Here's what you need to know about talking to your kids about pot. Most kids & teens never learn the REAL dangers of cannabis use. Here's the TRUTH - Teach it! Plus, one marijuana fact that could save them from suffering.


Marijuana Fact Sheet

Cannabis is a Controlled Substance.

  • In some states, marijuana is a medication prescribed by a doctor.
  • In other states, marijuana is a regulated, like alcohol & tobacco – allowed for adults only.
  • In some states, marijuana is completely illegal.
  • Know your state’s legal status. State Marijuana Laws

The Real Dangers of Marijuana

All substances have dangers.  Here are some of the dangers of cannabis.

  • Marijuana alters your perception users may be unable to recognize dangerous situations.
  • It very easy to use too much which can make you feel like you’re dying.
  • It can negatively affect short-term memory and learning.
  • Some users experience panic attacks and anxiety.
  • Different people react differently, to varying amounts and strains.
  • Marijuana alters brain chemistry and may damage the adolescent brain.
  • Cannabis can trigger the onset of psychosis – this is very rare but very real.  Read:  Cannabis may trigger the onset of psychosis.
  • Illegal marijuana can be laced with other damaging drugs & chemicals.
  • Smoking any substance, including marijuana, can cause respiratory issues – it’s the smoke, not the marijuana.
  • There’s little research on cannabis which means there’s a lot we don’t know about the health effects of using this substance.

How Being Honest About Cannabis, Saves Kids from Suffering. Here's what you need to know about talking to your kids about pot. Most kids & teens never learn the REAL dangers of cannabis use. Here's the TRUTH - Teach it! Plus, one marijuana fact that could save them from suffering.

It’s Illegal for Kids to Use Cannabis

Recreational marijuana use by adolescents is illegal across the United States.  Breaking laws has consequences:

  • Loss of Drivers’ Licenses
  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Suspensions/Expulsions
  • Elimination from sports teams, clubs, and activities

Share your beliefs

  • Teach your values when it comes to alcohol, sex, gambling, and marijuana.
    • Be honest, tell them how you feel.
    • Be realistic – the current social attitude is changing rapidly.

 How Being Honest About Cannabis, Saves Kids from Suffering. Here's what you need to know about talking to your kids about pot. Most kids & teens never learn the REAL dangers of cannabis use. Here's the TRUTH - Teach it! Plus, one marijuana fact that could save them from suffering.

Why This Conversation Can’t Wait

In the past 50 years, social acceptance of marijuana has dramatically increased.  A 1969 Gallup survey found only 12% of respondents thought marijuana should be legalized; by 2015 that number increased to 58% overall, and 68% of millennials, in favor of legalization.  I don’t expect those statistics to alter your sentiment about marijuana, but I hope the widespread acceptance spurs you into action.  With nearly half the country accessing medical marijuana, it’s more important than ever to talk to your kids about weed.

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