Teens curious about cannabis
As the state of California moves into year two of legal adult-use cannabis, some question whether adolescent use will increase. From edibles (cannabis in food) to vaping (cannabis in vapor), the incognito methods by which to get high are growing and causing a stir in schools across the county.
Last month a team of psychologists spoke at Analy High School about parenting in the age of legal cannabis. The evening presentation on Jan. 16 was free and open to adults (children were not invited) who wanted to learn more about the subject.
The organization charged with bringing in the information was Panaptic, a San Francisco-based company specializing in marijuana prevention. The company outreaches to parents with slogans such as, “Learn how we can help you reach them before it’s too late.”
The two-hour presentation focused on the negative implications of cannabis use, forecasting a future filled with depression, anxiety, addiction and potentially suicide for teenage cannabis users.
Some of the messages distributed to the parents included claims that research has found 1 in 6 marijuana users under the age of 18 will become addicted to the drug.
Another was that teens who become addicted to marijuana are three times more likely to become addicted to heroin or opiates and seven times more likely to commit suicide.
Not all physicians share the same beliefs about cannabis and teens. Local doctor and cannabis clinician Dr. Jeff Hergenrather has been prescribing cannabis to his patients for two decades.
He said it’s not a surprise that groups like the one at the parenting presentation are showing up at schools to warn parents about…
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