Know the risks of underage cannabis use.
Underage use can affect their ability to learn.
Research shows that regular use of cannabis in teens and young adults in their early 20s may lead to physical changes in their brains. Regular use can permanently harm their memory, learning, and attention and affect how their brains build connections.
Accidentally consuming edibles is a big risk for children.
Kids who accidentally eat cannabis products may need to go to the emergency room for poisoning. You can prevent this by storing cannabis in a hidden, locked area and in child-resistant packaging.
Secondhand smoke from weed is no better than cigarettes.
The smoke from cannabis contains THC, which can affect anyone in close proximity who breathes the smoke in, giving them a contact high. It also contains many of the same toxins and chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Some of these include ammonia, hydrocyanic acid, and many of the components found in tar.
Using marijuana in front of your kids makes them more likely to experiment.
As a parent, you’re the No. 1 influence on underage substance use. Children who learn about the possible consequences of drug use from their parents are significantly less likely to use drugs.