Teen marijuana use is on the rise — Alarming?
According to a new report by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, more teens are smoking dope than ever before with nearly 10 percent of teenagers admitting they light up 20 times a month or more.
The study also found that abuse of prescription medication is not rising, but still remains relatively high among teens. The purpose of the study, according to its creator, is to speculate that parents are talking to their kids about “hard drugs” like cocaine and heroin, yet ignoring potentially damaging effects that marijuana and prescription drug abuse might cause.
The longterm effects of marijuana use on developing brains is still unclear, and in the past we have found that the majority of TeenSpot users do not view marijuana use negatively, with a lot even supporting its legalization.
Is marijuana use prevalent at your school? Do you think it’s a serious problem — Yes or No?
Aaron Reynolds is the Managing Editor for The Spotlight at TeenSpot.com, a daily source of celebrity, movies, music and teen lifestyle news. He is an avid reader, outdoor enthusiast, and one funky bassist.
lindaperryrules on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm
drugs are stupid i wish they didnt even exist
Malaykah_Rakel on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm
This mindset is EXACTLY why I’m going into pharmacology. The natural stuff will always be overlooked, but people will always flock to prescrip meds. Why? Because they’re a great legal way to f*** sh** up.
DTownCowboy74 on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm
Just to clear some things up:
1. Marijuana is not unhealthy. There are no physical or mental long term effects, and it does not cause cancer. In fact it cures it. Don’t believe me? http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/61/15/5784.full.pdf Check that out. For all you younglings, that is a documented piece of literature published through the journal of the American Association of Cancer Research. It might be hard to read, but it shows research proving that THC kills cancer cells. How? Cells have receptors that receive endocanabonoids, the stuff your body makes naturally that is in weed. Cancer cells have a bunch of these receptors, too many. The canabonoids in weed find these receptors, attach, and kill the cancer cells. Marijuana kills cancer and canabonoids are good for you, that’s why your body makes some naturally. It’s proven.
2. Weed does not cause cancer. Smoking marijuana exposes you to about 450 carcinogens. Cigarettes have somewhere around 300. But a regular smoker smoke over 7 cigarettes a day. The average pot smoker smokes at most about 1-2 joints a day. 7×300=2100. 2×400=800. 800 carcinogens is nothing compared to the 2100 you are exposed to by being a chain smoker. There is not a single documented case of marijuana killing or causing cancer. No scientific literature. Search, you won’t find it.
3. Weed is not addictive. There are no actual properties that make it addictive. It feels good, and that can be addictive for some, but that’s like saying playing video games is addictive because it’s fun. True for some, but not dangerous.
4. You can’t overdose from marijuana. You’d have to smoke 682kg in a day to overdose, and by then, you’d die from smoke inhalation. If you put the THC in brownies, the brownie would kill you before the weed.
5. Cigarettes are the number two killer of Americans right behind heart disease (from obesity). They’re legal at 18 years old, and are extremely addictive. Alcohol (which doesn’t actually kill brain cells by the way)destroys the liver, yet it’s legal at 21. Why? Because they were here when America was founded, but weed wasn’t publicly. This nation is primarily conservative, and change is hard to come by. That’s why it is illegal. Not because it’s bad, not because it kills.
Like video games (which I used earlier as an example), weed is not for everyone. But some people like it, and it’s about time we stop telling people that they can’t enjoy it when it hurts nobody, and even helps a lot of people. I believe we should also stop trying to say it’s a drug or medicine. It’s not. The ingredient in it should be harvested for medical purposes, and the plant itself should be used for fun. This would save lives, reduce the border drug trafficking problems, free up jails, reduce crimes caused by bad drug deals, and save the nation a lot of money. I encourage everyone to research for themselves, but what I’ve posted are merely facts.
Scooter477 on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:21 am
You know what’s funny about drugfreeamerica.org? Their biggest contributor is the big alcohol companies. So they say don’t smoke weed but it’s ok to drink??
Cdh123cdh123 on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:18 am
why don’t we just take all the U.S. Congressmen and women, put them in a room, and start passing a blunt around. problems solved
guessyoufellformekenzie on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 12:04 am
Drugs should be illegal except for medical purposes.
kingdomka1 on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm
nope it should b illegal except n medical purposes for people who have eating disorders
Lacu on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm
I find there to really be nothing alarming about this. As far as we know, there are really no negative side affects to smoking marijuana. The only major one I can think of is cancer, and that’s not from the marijuana, that’s from the smoking. You can smoke anything and you could still get cancer. Burning plant matter is still burning plant matter.
Additionally, marijuana is not physically addictive, and it’s hardly a gateway drug. The only downside of more people smoking it, is you’ll have more “pot heads” running around, who only worry about smoking more, but at the same time, they’d be the same way with any other substance.
People need to worry about the hardcore drugs that cause damage. Not marijuana, which I will say, is practically harmless.
Gboy15 on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm
Cannabis is a plant. Cannabis is not a drug. Cannabis can prevent cancer, relief pain, stimulate hunger, and help depression/anxiety patients.
Cannabis is safer than most prescription drugs that are available to anyone, cannabis has proven NOT to be addictive, and even if it was, addiction isonly in your mind. You have to not be stupid enough to let a plant or powder or drinnk control your life. There’s a difference between using and abusing.
jarinandstuff on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm