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Childhood: The Worst Time to Start Smoking Marijuana

January 2nd, 2015

Childhood: The Worst Time to Start Smoking Marijuana

Have you ever considered the dramatic effects of your child smoking marijuana on his/her brain? If so, you’ll know that this is a serious mental health issue because of the devastating, lasting mental health consequences affecting your child’s brain. Health and medical professionals have proven the serious effects of marijuana on the brain cells that as parents, coaches, or teacher you must be aware of.

Slow cognitive development and bipolar mental disorders are possible among teens with drug addiction that smoke or digest marijuana. Additional consequences of teen marijuana use include: addiction, failing out of school or college, lower IQ points, the inability to be hirable, impaired memory and problem solving abilities and even suicide for addicts who suffer from marijuana induced bipolar mania.

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So what do you do? Many parents, coaches, and teachers have found success by becoming knowledgeable about the mental and physical effects of teen marijuana use.  But there are a few things you should know before you begin having a serious conversation with your pre-teen or young adult about marijuana use.  This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure you have a basic understanding about the negative health and mental side effects of teen marijuana use so that you will be better prepared about the facts. Your increased understanding of the affects of marijuana use on the child and young adult brain will help you prevent or bring about a successful end to your child’s marijuana use and its long-term impairment of your child’s brain development.

If you’re looking to understand the dramatic effects of marijuana use on the teen brain, the bestteen smoking pot2 method to ensure that you have a beginning understanding is by looking for these things: a trusted scientific news source that you can trust their findings. These scientific studies are typically generated from the major universities, non-profit science research groups, and national pediatric, psychological, or federal backed research grants (click here). News sources that have trusted researchers and highly trained professionals (click here) can also offer updated educational material regarding the latest research on
the affects of teen marijuana use on the brain.

Other trusted resources to learn more about the effects of marijuana on your child’s brain include seeing and talking to your child’s pediatrician. Make sure your pediatrician gives your child a thorough physical in his/her office. If your child’s doctor doesn’t, you’ll have trouble knowing if your child already has a drug addiction. You will want to know this to ascertain if your child’s marijuana drug use has already become an addiction and if your “preventative attempts” are too late.

Ensure that your pediatrician has a firm understanding of the different signs of drug addiction and is an expert himself/herself on signs of addiction. You will want to be able to trust your child’s pediatrician’s findings. You would be amazed at how little training medical schools offer medical students. You should not expect that your excellent pediatricians knows much about drug addiction or even the best treatment options available.

Lastly, an appreciation for the following negative side effects prove that childhood is the worst possible time for the brain to experience marijuana: addiction, failing out of school or college, lower IQ points, the inability to be hirable, impaired memory and problem solving abilities and even suicide for addicts who suffer from marijuana induced bipolar mania. One important question for parents to learn more about is, does marijuana causes bipolar disorder?

Now that you know a bit more about the tragic effects of teen marijuana abuse, you’re ready to talk to your child about his/her use or if he/she is addicted to marijuana. A qualified addiction interventionist may be sought to lead a teen intervention without worrying anymore about your child’s addiction to marijuana ending tragically.


Call for a free consultation if you child suffers from drug addiction: Turning Point Addiction and Recovery Services at:  (844) 435-7371



Chris McDuffie


Chris McDuffie is the CEO and Senior Drug and Alcohol Counselor of Turning Point Addiction and Recovery Services. A company that provides the nation’s leading therapeutic counseling service for Parents and Employers. Chris is a retired high school principal having served in New York, New Jersey and California. He is also a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and an IECA Educational Therapeutic Placement Consultant.

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