Marijuana use has some common signs among most of its users. If your child is high on Marijuana, they might seem dizzy and have trouble walking; seem silly and giggly for no reason; have very red, bloodshot eyes; and have a hard time remembering things that just happened. When the early effects fade, over a few hours, the user can become very sleepy.
Parents should be aware of changes in their child’s behaviour, although this may be difficult with teenagers. Parents should look for withdrawal, depression, fatigue, carelessness with grooming, hostility, and deteriorating relationships with family members and friends. Besides, changes in academic performance, increased absenteeism, lost interest in sports or other favorite activities, and changes in eating or sleeping habits could be related to drug use. However, these signs may also indicate problems other than use of drugs.
In addition, parents should be aware of signs of drugs and drug paraphernalia, including pipes and rolling papers; odor on clothes and in the bedroom; use of incense and other deodorisers; use of eye drops; clothing, posters, jewelry, etc. promoting drug use.
Facts about marijuana addiction
Marijuana is often rolled in paper, so it looks similar to a cigarette and smoked. When anyone smokes, it releases harmful chemicals into your lungs. Many people do not know that marijuana smoke contains more tar and more than 400 chemicals with some cancer-causing than tobacco smoke.
* Some people addicted to marijuana have a hard time quitting and have to find treatment. Some people who use a lot of marijuana every day and then quit suddenly may have sleeping problems, anxious, irritation or nervousness without the drug. Or they may have an upset stomach or lose their appetite. These symptoms rarely last more than a few days.
* To get the maximum effect, people who smoke marijuana often inhale more deeply and hold the smoke in their lungs longer than tobacco smokers do. This increases the risk of cancer.
* Smoking marijuana irritates your lungs and has been linked to chronic cough and bronchitis. It may also make asthma worse.
* In people at high risk of developing schizophrenia, Marijuana may bring on symptoms earlier.
* Using of marijuana for a long time may make it harder to pay attention, remember things and learn.
* If you smoke Marijuana, the effects last for several hours. But the main active ingredient is stored in your fat cells and can stay in your body for days or weeks!
Dr Sat Parkash