Why is Marijuana Abuse Popular Among Teens?

Marijuana is estimated the second most frequently abused drug among U.S. teens, behind only alcohol. Many teens consider marijuana safe for “chilling out” after a hard day at school or work.

Teens with undiagnosed psychological issues, like anxiety, may gravitate toward marijuana, which typically relaxes users. The introduction of medical marijuana has raised the risk teens can access cannabis products from friends or family.
In 2013, 31% of males and 24% of females attending 11th grade around the Twin Cities reported some level of marijuana exposure. Marijuana abuse is widespread outside Minnesota, with 39% of all high school students reporting use.

Common Street Names

Marijuana street names include:
Weed
Reefer
Grass
Pot
Ganja
Mary Jane
Dope
Hash
Aunt Mary
Skunk
Herb
Boom
Cheeba
Blunt
Chronic
Ashes
Atshitshi
Bammy
Blanket
Baby Bhang
Bobo Bush
Bo-Bo
Bomber
Broccoli
Cripple
Boom
Dagga
Dinkie Dow
Dona Juana (or Juanita)
Ding
Flower
Flower Tops
Gasper
Giggle Smoke
Ganja
Good Butt
Hot Stick
Good Giggles
Jolly Green
Jay
Joy Smoke
Roach
Joy Stick
Overview of How the Drug is Abused
Marijuana is usually smoked as a distinctive cigarette, a “blunt,” or “joint.” However, there are many ways to abuse marijuana, including smoking it through a specialized pipe (a “bong.”) Bongs are common in group settings. Teens seeking to avoid detection may use more subtle forms, like edibles or cannabis oil. The latter can be applied to the skin.
How is Marijuana Abused?
Effects/High
For most users, marijuana has a physically and mentally relaxing effect. What does marijuana do to your brain? It stimulates cannabinoid receptors all throughout the body, potentially reducing physical pain. However, marijuana side effects include impaired motor control and decision-making, which can put teens in danger.
Warning Signs
Signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse are usually hard to detect in the early stages. At first, marijuana abuse symptoms may be as simple as increased hunger and desire for sleep. However, marijuana is associated with memory impairment, difficulty concentrating, lethargy, and many other issues. Users often have low energy and may exhibit reduced academic performance.
When smoked, marijuana has a characteristic pungent odor adults should be alert for.
Long-Term Effects and Dangers of Abuse
Both short and long-term effects of marijuana include executive dysfunction: Problems with memory, learning, and impulsivity. How severe and persistent the effects are depend primarily on when the person began abusing marijuana and how long abuse lasted. Many researchers believe the impact of marijuana on teens is even more pronounced than on adults.
Marijuana Abuse Treatment: How the Anthony Louis Center Helps Teens
Teen marijuana abuse is serious, but there are reasons for hope.
Clinical marijuana overdose is virtually unknown, and marijuana withdrawal symptoms are not always severe. Teens who commit to drug treatment can often put marijuana dependency behind them for good in a short time.
The Anthony Louis Center provides the treatment resources and safe, supervised environment to achieve that important life goal. To find out more, contact us today.