Cannabis, commonly called marijuana, may be a topic of concern and confusion for parents and caregivers, especially when it comes to potential impacts on a child’s life. The questions below and many more are answered in “Cannabis, Your Child, and You: FAQS for Parents and Caregivers”.
What risks are related to youth cannabis use?
There are many negative effects and risks related to youth cannabis use including:
- Cannabis use for individuals under the age of 21 is illegal. Consequences may include:
- Loss of job opportunities requiring security clearance
- Loss of federal financial assistance for higher education
- Cannabis use can be addictive.
- Studies have found that long-term cannabis use is linked to poor memory through changes in brain structure.
- Adolescents who abuse cannabis are more likely to have lower reading and math scores than their peers.
- Cannabis can cause a decrease in judgement.
- Youth who are under the influence of cannabis may be more likely to make unsafe choices, such as driving dangerously and engaging in risky sexual behaviors.
- Regular youth cannabis use has been linked to depression, anxiety, changes in personality, and suicidal thoughts.
Talking with youth about cannabis may seem hard, but it is a good idea to have open and honest communication with him or her. Tips from experts are included in CSU’s comprehensive guide. It also has helpful links to more information you may be curious about. This guide offers explanations of cannabis terminology, how cannabis is typically used, its effects on the body and mind, and Coloradan laws regarding its use.