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TRY THESE TIPS FOR DISCUSSION
Alpa Patel, MD, shares more thoughts about discussing marijuana with your teen.
Ask what your child has heard about using marijuana. Listen carefully, pay attention, and do not interrupt. Avoid making negative or angry comments.
KNOW THE FACTS
Offer your child facts about the risks and consequences of smoking marijuana. Explain that young people’s brains are not fully mature until they are into their 20s. While the brain is still developing, there is greater risk of harm from marijuana use.
Ask your child to give examples of the effects of marijuana. This helps you make sure that your child understands what you’ve talked about.
If you choose to talk to your child about your own experiences with drugs, be honest about why you used and the pressures that contributed to it. Be careful not to minimize the dangers of marijuana or other drugs, and be open about any negative experiences you may have had. Also, remember that, given how much stronger marijuana is today, its effect on your child would likely be much different than what you experienced.