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There is a reason marijuana is called "the gateway drug". Readily available and regarded by many people adults to be relatively harmless, many teenagers who find that they like the high marijuana provides will move on to other, rather more serious drugs.
Lots who think of marijuana like a "harmless" drug, do so because once they consider the drug, they're considering the marijuana they've already smoked back in the 60's, 70's or 80's. However, selective breeding and sophisticated growing techniques in the last two decades, including hydroponics and special lighting systems means today's marijuana is a lot different today.
The active ingredient in marijuana is Delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.This is the chemical that gives marijuana users their high.
Within the 1960?s marijuana contained about 1% THC. Within the 1970?s it was as much as 4%.Today's marijuana contains at least 10% THC, if not more. That means the majority of the marijuana being smoked by teens today reaches least 10 times stronger than what their parents may have smoked once they were teenagers.
Few teenagers will put themselves in the position of being around their parents when they are high. However, there are other indicators of the teen smoking pot. Parents who suspect their teenager is using marijuana should keep their eyes open for these indicators.
rolling papers hash pipes small plastic bags with remnants of dried marijuana leaves remnant seeds in pockets the "sweet" give an impression of marijuana smoke on clothes, bedroom, or car lighters or matches use of the word pot, or 420 (nicknames for marijuana)
Cigarettes are also a good indication of teenage marijuana use. Many teens begin smoking cigarettes to cover the odor of marijuana smoke, or to explain the presence of matches or lighters within their possession.