While marijuana is legal in selected US states and in Canada, teens aren’t supposed to be puffing clouds of weed because they are after all, minors. Now, with easy access to supply, parents feared that their kids will be dependent on this compound and eventually try stronger classifications of drugs like cocaine or heroin.
The issue whether kids at school need to learn about cannabis is still on the hot seat. While many experts are backing this idea, some parents are hesitant about the idea of teaching their kids about drugs which can increase curiosity.
Meanwhile, there’s Denver’s youth campaign of ‘High Costs’ which started out as traditional signage and a social media component. The campaign gets the attention of teens by including an online quiz show called ‘Weeded Out’ which helps educate these groups of people about marijuana use but in a more engaging manner.
Apparently, scare tactics don’t work for teens as they see it as being lectured on, which is something that they’re used to. Weeded Out and some other online tactics work for Denver, with more teens responding that they aren’t likely to consume marijuana not unless for medication.
“Kids can go look at that data. We want to drive them to the research. Getting them to take that responsibility for their health will have a much longer lasting impact,” said Ashely Kilroy, director of Weeded Out campaign.
Marijuana’s link to addiction
Because teens’ bodies and mind aren’t fully developed yet, consuming a variety of substance can cause unpleasant reactions. For example, a teenager can get all excited at first try because the experience is new and something different. Because smoking specific strains can bring about a variety of effects including slow motions, total relaxation and even hallucinations, a teenager can find this very addicting.
Combined with being irrational and reckless, some teens just couldn’t be controlled. In one research, it is found out that teenagers ages 24 and below uses their amygdala, a part of the brain linked to the emotions when responding to situations. Adults ages 25 and above, on the other hand, uses the prefrontal cortex, which is the rational part of the brain.
In light of this, teenagers are prone to risky situations and are not easily persuaded because a larger part of their brain is linked to the emotions, which controls their judgment.
The role of educators and parents
As said, kids learn from their home and environment. Parents have a huge role in monitoring their child and helping them understand matters that concern them. Educators, on the other hand, also facilitates students and at the same time, present eye-opener lectures that will mold the minds of these groups of people.
Teenagers need to understand that marijuana plant is powerful in the field of science and medicine but if abused, the law can interfere and have them accountable. These people also need to understand that their bodies shouldn’t be exposed to this plant for ‘fun’ or to fit in. Adults are permitted to use this substance for pain management and mental disorders, among other things.
Innovation on Cannabis
Aside from the ‘Weeded Out’ campaign, a small community college in Illinois, Chicago, created two cannabis curriculums that would help students earn certifications for patient care and dispensary specialists.
According to the Academic Affairs Vice President Ileo Lott, the new programs will provide additional training and credentials for students to advance into healthcare careers. Moreover, these programs will help students learn about the plant and be educated on its proper use.
The growing problem with substance addiction starts with tobacco smoking until an individual discovers a stronger substance. Given that teenagers are still vulnerable, they need guidance to get away from the addiction trap that can ruin their future.