Marijuana use is on the rise among high school students, according to the 2017 Monitoring the Future report. While that may be alarming for parents, it’s a confusing time for teenagers in regards to the drug. The perception of marijuana is changing, thanks to several states legalizing the drug for adults.
As the national perception shifts, parents may face additional difficulties in getting teenagers to understand why marijuana use can be dangerous for them. What young people see as something that is increasingly legal for adults can have long-term effects on their brains. As Matthew J. Smith, a research assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, told CNN in a story by Randye Hoder: “Adolescence is a sensitive time for brain development. If a teen introduces the abuse of marijuana at that point in their life, it could have consequences for their ability to problem solve, for their memory and for critical thinking in general.”