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

Many people believe that teen marijuana use is not harmful. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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:

Marijuana slows brain development in adolescence.

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Vaping pot is more powerful than smoking it, study finds

Pot inhaled through a vape device produces a more powerful high — and often with more deleterious side effects — than the smoked version, a new study finds.

At the same level of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, vaping led to higher blood concentrations of the chemical than smoking, as well as higher levels of cognitive and psychomotor impairment and a higher incidence of adverse effects, such as vomiting, anxiety, hallucinations and feelings of paranoia, according to the report, published Friday in JAMA Network Open.

Marijuana's Impact on California 2018

In 1996, California preceded the rest of the United States in allowing marijuana use for medicinal purposes.  Now, in 2018, recreational marijuana use is fully legal for individuals 21 years and over.  This paper will outline the current and potential impacts of these policies. 
 
The purpose of this report is to describe the impacts that the legalization of marijuana for medical use has had in California, as well as the impacts of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  By gathering and examining data, citizens and policymakers can better understand the implications and effects of marijuana’s increased presence in California.
 
Background Due to concerns about public health risks and other possible impacts of marijuana, there is an on-going debate in the United States regarding the effects of the increasing prevalence of marijuana in our society.

To view California's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas report, click here.

Doctor: Beware of pot-infused Halloween candy

Can be hard to tell between packaging and look of products

By Gary Robbins

Food, candy and drinks infused with marijuana have become commonly available in California since January, when the first licensed pot stores began to open statewide.

The products are among the more popular items sold by the dispensaries. The consumption of edibles also is being popularized by cannabis cooking classes and free online tutorials.

That means there will be more edible cannabis in people’s homes when the public celebrates Halloween on Wednesday.

For complete Union Tribune article, click here.

Marijuana Drug Interactions

A total of 610 drugs (4296 brand and generic names) are known to interact with marijuana.

  • 129 major drug interactions (910 brand and generic names)
  • 481 moderate drug interactions (3386 brand and generic names)

Click here for a complete list of drug interactions.