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13 keys to know if your child smokes marijuana

13 keys to know if your child smokes marijuana

April 29, 2024

The use of cannabis recreationally it has expanded over the years, especially among young people. Socially considered a soft drug with few side effects, it is often consumed by adolescents 12 or 13 years of age.

We are facing a population in the process of growth, assuming consumption a greater danger than usual to be able to affect the development process. That is why many parents are concerned that their children may smoke or consume this and other substances. Throughout this article we present a total of 13 keys to know if your son or daughter smokes marijuana .

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Cannabis and marijuana: what are they?

Cannabis is a psychodisleptic, psychoactive substance that produces a modification in the level of activation and functioning of the brain. This substance comes from the cannabis plant, which It has different variants, such as indicates, sativa or ruderalis .

When the element to be consumed is the leaves and stem of the plant only cut, we are talking about marijuana.

The effects of this substance are initially euphoric and then go on to leave a state of relaxation and analgesia, with a certain sedative effect. Another effect is that it facilitates hunger while controlling vomiting. It is also effective as an anticonvulsant.

Due to these effects, marijuana can be applied therapeutically in multiple disorders. It is also used recreationally to disinhibit and reduce tension and anxiety . However, its consumption can have, especially if it is continued over time and with great frequency, harmful effects. It can cause alterations of consciousness, loss of concentration and memory and decrease in performance, as well as depressive symptoms and even the so-called amotivational syndrome . It can also cause perceptual alterations such as hallucinations and even cause psychotic outbreaks.

Young people and adolescents, not yet fully developed , they have a much greater risk, because in addition to the effects of the substance itself (which in themselves are greater due to their greater susceptibility to neurotransmitters such as dopamine) can be altered their development process.

Indications of marijuana use

Below you can see a series of signals that can serve as an indication that someone is using marijuana . It is important to bear in mind that we are only talking about indications, not being aspects that necessarily imply that the person is consuming this substance. Some of them appear while the effects of consumption last, while others appear later or after prolonged consumption.

1. Lost look

Cannabis it is a substance with psychoactive effects . While initially they may generate a certain sense of euphoria, they usually end up producing a state of relaxation and tranquility. For this reason it is not uncommon for those who consume it to tend to self-absorption, keeping a lost look.

2. Redness of eyes

Conjunctivitis, redness of eyes and a brighter and more humid look than usual indications of marijuana or other substances are also possible. A certain mydriasis or pupillary dilation is also frequent.

3. Disinhibition

Marijuana is usually consumed because of Effects of initial euphoria and subsequent relaxation to those that it induces. In general, they also tend to cause some disinhibition, restricting behavior to a lesser extent than usual and allowing greater manifestation and expression at the behavioral and social level.

4. Excessive appetite

One of the effects of cannabis is the increase in appetite and the feeling of hunger, which is why it has even been used medicinally in disorders that lead to weight loss.

In this sense it is possible to observe that the habitual consumer of marijuana they are hungrier than usual . It is also frequent that they look for sweet foods and more caloric, not being rare that they present increases of weight.

5. Problems of concentration and recent memory

Memory and learning are influenced by cannabis use. Specifically, it is not uncommon there are recent memory problems , with some difficulty to concentrate and remember the temporally close events in time. This effect is usually observed in the long term.

6. Insomnia

While it may seem paradoxical due to the state of relaxation that it causes, consuming marijuana can cause different sleep problems once its effects are over. The most frequent are the difficulties of sleep conciliation or night awakenings .

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7. Use incense and chewing gum more often than usual

Marijuana It has a characteristic odor easily detectable both in the moment in which it is consumed and in the breath of the one who does it. The use of strong incense or chewing gum in an excessive way can be an indication that you are trying to camouflage the smell.

8. Expansive mood

Cannabis, especially in the version of the cannabis sativa plant, is a psychoactive substance that initially causes reactions of euphoria to subsequently have a relaxing effect.

It is common to perceive certain level of disinhibition, uncontrolled laughter and elevation of the tone of voice while the effects last.

9. Decreased attention

The state of mind and the relaxing and even narcotic effect that induces the use of marijuana causes the level of attention to decrease. This does not happen only while the effects last, but rather also in the long term, attention capacity can be reduced .

10. Cough and respiratory problems

One of the most common forms of consumption is smoking, through cigarettes. As such, this involves the maintenance of smoke inside the lungs and throat, which as with tobacco can cause irritation and cause coughing and even respiratory problems.

11. Motor-level uncoordination

It is common for marijuana to cause a certain level of incoordination between mind and body, also reducing the ability to react to stimuli .

12. Use of objects such as pipes, grinder, rolling paper or nozzles.

Marijuana use does not necessarily imply the use of specific instruments for it , but certain objects and elements can be used frequently.

Since it is usually consumed in the form of cigarettes, Rolling paper and nozzles are usually necessary , as well as the use of different types of pipes. Something more specific is the grinder, a two-piece element that is used to crush the marijuana buds without breaking components such as resin, with greater psychoactive power.

13. Paranoia or hallucinations

Although it is not as frequent, the consumption of marijuana can cause changes in perception and even generate hallucinations and delusions, and may even awaken psychotic outbreaks.

This occurs especially with marijuana derived from the cannabis sativa plant or with the different hybrids of this plant with other variants.

Does my son smoke?

Taking into account all the clues and signs that we have been naming, it will be easier for you to detect if your child smokes joints. In case you come to the conclusion that you really have this addiction, keep calm and consult a psychotherapist specialized in adolescents .

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