There are few things that are more frightening than finding out that your child is involved with marijuana or any other drug. While it is true that marijuana is not as serious as cocaine, heroin or other types of hard drugs, it is often one of the first signs of a series of bad choices when it comes to teenagers and drug abuse. The truth is, parents have a very difficult time helping their children understand everything that is involved when it comes to marijuana use. Sometimes a seemingly innocent act, such as accepting a joint from someone at school without really thinking about it, can become the first step toward a life that is slowly wasting away.
The thing that makes it so frightening is that kids have all kinds of opportunities to use marijuana, largely without their parents even knowing anything about it. It seems like it is easy enough for kids to get their hands on it and for anyone that really wants to try it, they are not going to have a problem getting a hold of it. Many times, kids actually start smoking it because they simply want to fit in and they don’t want to be seen as that single kid that said no when everyone else was saying yes. Sadly, peer pressure is everything in junior high and high school and it often causes kids to make choices that they otherwise would never made.
How do you actually teach them about the potential dangers of recreational marijuana use? The best thing you can do is educate them. Give them the facts and be honest with them. If you experimented as a young adult, don’t hesitate to tell them that. Explain to them why you no longer use it. By giving them the tools they need to make their own decisions and then trusting them enough to do so, you are empowering them to make better choices for themselves. This is what they need to have a healthy and happy life.