Funny how when I was growing up, marijuana was marijuana, yet now we have a new word for an old substance, cannabis.
The sad truth is teens are getting high on candies and cookies. Every day there is a new article written that indicates that schools are miffed by the over-consumption of cannabis in forms one cannot easily identify.
Unlike vape pens, joints with puffs of smoke edibles that look like your everyday candy are impossible to spot.
As a result, it’s easy to over-consume, and a cookie or a gummy bear can have multiple doses of THC, the main psychoactive component of marijuana. Since edibles can take more than an hour to kick in, impatient kids can take in way too many.
Even for adults, edibles have replaced vaping, says Jonathan Avenue Avery, Director of addiction psychiatry at we’ll come out corn on my local college in New York awareness of the rest of vaping has increasing concerns about catching COVID-19 and making it less willing to share joints and Vape pens, but they’re more than willing to share edibles instead.
There is not a school in the country that can’t report a case of edibles. You know there can even be an instance where you can be eating an edible in front of a teacher, and the teacher doesn’t know the difference. They look absolutely positively innocuous.
What makes it so unsettling is a recent drama article; a recent research study from Harvard indicated that every day one out of every four hospital mitts is for a young adult who is in a substance-induced psychosis as a result of marijuana.
So what’s the parent to do you know tackling the topic of articles edibles can be really tough, especially if parents don’t think that marijuana Sativa is even more difficult if grandpa or grandma are using them for chronic pain. Hence, if an adult who is a parent or a father figure or mother figure is consuming edibles, they have to realize that they are the ones showing kids that this is OK. They have to be really careful about where they’re putting them away.
I think the parents have to always do straight talk, always give honest answers, and be open and vulnerable about it. You know kids as young as nine and as young as eight know about drugs. They don’t know what they know, and they don’t know what they don’t know, but there’s no harm if someone asks you that you should be able to talk about them you know parents and teachers all have an ethical responsibility to give their children accurate information including how difficult it might be to even gauge an edible sausage, but also to be able to gauge what if my friend is actually giving me is it a Gummy Bear, a jelly mean, or is it something that has another substance inside of it.
Even talking about edibles, you want to make sure that you can talk about the fact that it’s not the same as smoking or vaping. It’s very difficult to know how strong it will be and what will happen to you. I think it’s always a great idea to let someone know that your brain isn’t really developed until you’re 25. Now I know from my experience working with lots of families that anybody who is 17 or 14 or 13 thinks of 25 as light-years away, and they’re just as special and as smart as anybody, yet that’s just not the truth.
From the doctor’s perspective, “One standard unit of THC is 5 mg and that’s defined by the national institute of drug abuse. Yeah one candy bar cookie could include 10 doses as reported by Stacy Gruber GRUB ER Director of the marijuana investigation for Nora scientific discovery mine program at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. And the way that eaten THC is processed by the liver increases its psychoactive properties, Dr. Gruber says the high also lasts longer than from inhaling”.
For parents, it’s really important to know that research is finding that THC seems to particularly affect the development of the hippocampus, which is involved in memory; the amygdala, which is involved in processing emotion and the cerebellum, which is involved in motor coordination and the perception of time beginning marijuana use before age 18 doubles your odds of developing a cannabis use disorder nurse Dr. Avery which is characterized as an addiction by craving cannabis in an inability to cut down use other things.
With any addiction, we see an increase in certain activities. We might see an increase in isolation, we might see a decrease in social interaction, a child may drop off of a team, a child may not pay attention in class, and their grades will diminish. A child may well keep themselves locked in their room with digital devices while at the same time eating edibles so many times a day that they can’t seem to remember. We know that addiction is a brain disease that changes the way we act in the world. Our relationships change the people we hang out with and change the things we do and our thoughts. We have cravings, and even if we say we don’t want to do something, we find ourselves craving that mind-altering substance with an undeveloped brain; this becomes even more dramatic and more difficult for parents to address.
Often this year, I’ve had lovely families call, and the hearts are broken, and they are full of fear and really broken because their teen is using cannabis. Their teen is not able to function, and the team is slowly drifting away from them, and they don’t know exactly how to address this; you know we always start by asking the family what they’re doing and learn about them and how they’re learning to cope. As we know, COVID-19 and the pandemic has just about traumatized everybody in the country. It’s really good to take a look at the anxiety and depression that your team might be experiencing because using those edibles may be how your teen has used to cope with the anxiety within himself and the world around him.
If you are worried about your teen and want some help, please do not hesitate to reach out. Sometimes having an accountability coach an older peer trained in mentoring can be a great solution; other times, your loved one may need a higher level of care. My team and I are just a phone call away. We want to hear your story and help you navigate a solution that helps your teen and your family flourish.