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The Cannabis Craze: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teens

By Marc Aronoff

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This is a good start for anyone looking to expand their knowledge about marijuana and how to handle the subject within their own families.

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The Cannabis Craze: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teens addresses teen marijuana use in a straight-forward manner offering parents and teens options for being ‚Äúsmart‚ÄĚ about a controversial subject. Written in short vignettes, The Cannabis Craze neither promotes nor dismisses teen marijuana use. Rather, the book examines ways to navigate the potential dangers and traps of smoking marijuana for young adults. Written for Teens who are either considering smoking pot or already smoking and Parents who are wondering what to do and how to cope. The Cannabis Craze is a no-nonsense resource guide focusing on harm-reduction and minimizing risks. The book covers a range of subjects associated with teen marijuana use, from peer pressure to pot-smoking parents and the latest science about weed and developing teen brains.

Statistics have shown ‚Äújust saying no to drugs‚ÄĚ is not effective for most teens. If an adolescent chooses to smoke marijuana, and his or her mind is made-up, it is almost impossible to stop them. If this is true, there is a need for parents and teens to be skillful about the subject. This means, knowing how to dialogue as effectively as possible and keeping the lines of communication open.

The Cannabis Craze offers the fundamentals of marijuana use with the hopes that adults and teenagers alike will be able to practice harm reduction and avoid addiction. While it doesn't present any groundbreaking research or discoveries - nor is it inherently interesting (responsible drug use rarely is) - it does offer simply-stated conclusions about responsible marijuana use.


It is short and easy to read which is perfect for its audience. Additionally, the proposals throughout the book don't come across as preachy or condescending. The message is clearly that the reader has the individual will to make their own choices but should take the initiative to educate themselves on the varied effects and consequences marijuana use can have before making their decision.


It's worth the hour read for anybody interested in knowing more about the ever-growing field of marijuana.

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Synopsis

The Cannabis Craze: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teens addresses teen marijuana use in a straight-forward manner offering parents and teens options for being ‚Äúsmart‚ÄĚ about a controversial subject. Written in short vignettes, The Cannabis Craze neither promotes nor dismisses teen marijuana use. Rather, the book examines ways to navigate the potential dangers and traps of smoking marijuana for young adults. Written for Teens who are either considering smoking pot or already smoking and Parents who are wondering what to do and how to cope. The Cannabis Craze is a no-nonsense resource guide focusing on harm-reduction and minimizing risks. The book covers a range of subjects associated with teen marijuana use, from peer pressure to pot-smoking parents and the latest science about weed and developing teen brains.

Statistics have shown ‚Äújust saying no to drugs‚ÄĚ is not effective for most teens. If an adolescent chooses to smoke marijuana, and his or her mind is made-up, it is almost impossible to stop them. If this is true, there is a need for parents and teens to be skillful about the subject. This means, knowing how to dialogue as effectively as possible and keeping the lines of communication open.

HELLO

We were parked in a parking garage, top floor, with a view of the distant mountains. All of us, Jimmy, Ronnie, and me, were sixteen years old. The sun was setting, and the sky was glowing red, purple and orange as we passed the joint around on a hot summer night. Suddenly, a car pulled up next to us, and Jimmy’s mom got out. We were busted! But, Jimmy’s mom did not freak out. She asked us all to get out of the car and had a talk with us right there on the parking garage. She was disappointed in all of us, but somehow let us know she really cared. I remember thinking, what a cool mom. Then she went home.


Marijuana is on America’s mind. According to a recent study by the Partnership at Drugfree.org, one in ten American teens smoke marijuana at least twenty or more times per month. That means over two million teens smoke pot regularly, many  every day. Though marijuana remains illegal for anyone under the age of twenty-one, the reality is that millions of American teens will try marijuana this year. As of this edition, medical marijuana is legal in over 33 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Numerous states have legalized marijuana for  recreational use  and  several other  states have relaxed marijuana drug laws. Internationally,  the countries of Uruguay and Canada have legalized marijuana. Comparatively, the harshest laws for marijuana possession are in places like Japan, Indonesia, and most Arab countries where laws for possession are strict and those caught selling the drug may be sentenced to death.

This book is not  about promoting or  discouraging  the smoking of marijuana. This is about the reality of smoking pot and harm reduction. The idea for writing the book came about from a series of conversations with a colleague. He is a licensed counselor for at-risk youth, and many of his teen patients smoke pot. We discussed the need for young people who smoke pot to be smart about it. "Smart" does not mean book smart. Smart means knowing how to be successful, thrive, and create a good life in the present, which leads to the future.

In the end, Cannabis Craze is a young person’s survival guidebook to something millions of Americans do: smoke weed. Knowing  how to  smoke  smart  is essential for maintaining a balanced life, in which you feel good about your personal choices and accomplishments.  And, if you have not noticed, balance is essential to survival. Without  it, people, get sick. With balance, which takes practice, life’s journey is simply more enjoyable. This balance will ideally  allow  you to blossom as an individual and pursue your dreams.



WHY START?


There are many reasons young people start smoking pot, but some of the most important reasons are:


1.  Relaxing or escaping from the pressures of life.


2.  Belonging to a community and making friendships.


3.  Developing a personal identity.


4.  Peer pressure.



For the most part, teens are on their own when it comes to smoking pot. Many parents will say and see nothing, unless there is a problem. Maybe your parents have a little marijuana chat with you, but if you are doing well  with school, home, and friends, there is often less worry from Mom or Dad. That’s fine. Teens figure things out as they go along.

People ¬†ask, ¬†‚ÄúAren‚Äôt adolescent pot ¬†smokers generally unproductive,¬†¬†lazy, and goofy, messing up ¬†their short-term memory, among other brain functions?‚ÄĚ Yes. And no. Science is still figuring ¬†out the long-term effects of smoking ¬†pot. A big concern is how a beginner handles smoking pot. The reality is that there are young¬†people¬†who are smart about smoking (and by smart, I mean having common sense and discipline). How you smoke pot (if you smoke pot) is important. Some young people make a mess of smoking pot and do poorly at school. Some young people do fine.

In a groundbreaking study (March  2014) Peggy van der Pol of the Trimbos Institute of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, determined that how pot is smoked affects addiction risk.

Because some people will thrive and get ahead in life, while occasionally smoking pot, and others will not, knowing how to smoke smart is essential. How you smoke pot means how often, where, and when.



REFLECTION: If you smoke pot, why did you start? If not, do you think you ever will?


About the author

Marc Aronoff, MA, is a free-lance writer and Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 25 years experience working with teens and youth at risk. As a playwright, he is the winner of the 2017 Arts and Letters Competition in Drama. view profile

Published on January 18, 2019

Published by Porter House

0-1000 words

Contains explicit content ‚ö†ÔłŹ

Genre: Social & family issues

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