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Do You Let Your Teens Smoke Dope?

Another Reason Cool Moms Shouldn't Let Their Kids Smoke Pot

by Kiri Blakeley

Moms, if you are tempted to turn the other way when your teen smokes pot -- or even smoke up with your little pothead -- you may want to think twice about it. A new study says that, in your formative years, smoking even a little bit of pot can result in lifelong brain damage and cause a significantly higher risk of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia. I know some moms love their pot and consider it a natural herb much like mint from the garden, but this study is kind of scary.

Granted, the study was done with mice (poor mice!), but what it concluded is that teenage mice who were given low doses of the active ingredient in marijuana for only 20 days did weird things to their cheese like try to paint starbursts on it and they giggled uncontrollably when asked, "Who cut the cheese?"

No, seriously, folks, the mice got brain damage! There were also indications that the mouse brains did the same sort of thing that happens in the brains of humans when they have schizophrenia and psychiatric disorders.

On the other hand, the study concluded that the same thing doesn't happen when adults smoke dope. The adult mice's brains were fine after they got high. Says the study's lead author:

Adolescence is the critical period during which marijuana use can be damaging.

Another study showed that marijuana use destroys dopamine in the brain of both teens and adults, making them more withdrawn, apathetic, and lethargic. They needed a study for that?

I know plenty of people who occasionally indulged in pot use as a teen and none of them are brain damaged or have schizophrenia, but some of them certainly are spacey and forgetful!

At any rate, moms might want to think twice before letting their teen get away with toking up and being thankful he or she isn't boozing or drugging. In fact, just keep those teens in a big plastic bubble, 'kay?

Do you let your teen smoke dope?

by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 7:26 AM
Replies (31-40):
by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Hell no!

by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Heck no.  Really surprised at the question.

by Trisha on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

No and I wouldn't

by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

No. But I would like to think he would come to me if he did or tried it. We have an open and honest relationship

by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 1:28 PM
hell no!! but they kno if they ever want to they can come to me! im also one of those moms that if my want to "experiment" id rather them do it at home instead of sumwhere else where they could get hurt!! i occasionally smoke pot but NOT every day or all the time!!
by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 1:31 PM

 No, I do not condone my children using illegal substances.

by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 2:59 PM

HELL NO!!!!!

by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Absolutely not! 

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by Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:38 PM
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I stopped reading after this line "cause a significantly higher risk of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia."
Smoking pot can only cause early onset of schizophrenia it does not cause it.
by Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:43 PM
All my friends including myself grew up in a house like hers and no one is dead. I know a few who did overdose whose parents didn't allow it at all. So you can't really prove anything.

Quoting HilbillyMamaof3:

I grew up in a home like yours. My brother is now dead of a drug overdose. You should ask my mom how she feels about this now. Seems great and laid back at the time, and yeah it doesn't always stop with pot, so I dont want to hear " My kids would never do that" In my brothers case it stopped with 3 pages of illegal and prescription drugs in his system, dumped in front of an emergency room front door, dead at 24 left by his "best friend" as he ran home to clean out his house then to tell my mom. Oh and his "friend", dead less than six months later of a drug overdose. TEN all together, ten of them died and two in prison for prescription drug abuse.

Good luck to you, I pray you reconsider. I think that parents like you should have to visit the morgue as parents identify their drug overdosed children and you can hear the screams of their mothers.

Quoting lakerfan420:

My oldest (15) has tried it, and discovered it wasn't for her. Plus she's way too busy with school and extracurriculars anyways, and she doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize that. My 13 year old has no desire to try it at this point, but does know she can come to us if she ever does. Yes I am the mom that would rather her kids experiment at home if they really want to, and yet even with them knowing that, their desire is nowhere near what it is with some of their friends. Maybe because it's so normalized in our house (both my dh and I are medical) and they see it as such, or because we've taken the forbidden-ness effect away, or some combination of both. Ftr, I grew up in a very conservative household where pot is a gateway drug and yet all 5 of my siblings and I have at least tried it and two of us are regular smokers. And yet dh is the middle of five kids who grew up in a very pro pot house, and yet he's the only one who smokes, and didn't start until well into adulthood and at the advice of our chiropractor.

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