Teenagers Vaping Marijuana
Vaping Marijuana Is a Discreet Way to Intake Cannabis, But It Comes with Obvious Dangers
The popularity of vaping products among teens is at an all-time high. However, it’s not just fruit-scented nicotine that teenagers are using in their vaping devices. Vaping marijuana has become a more preferred method of intaking the drug among teens and young adults.
According to the DEA in 2018, “about 37 percent of 12th graders admitted to ‘vaping’ within the last year, a 10 percent increase from 27.8 percent in 2017. In addition, 13.1 percent of 12th graders reported vaping marijuana within the past year – a 4 percent increase from the 9.5 percent in 2017.”
Marijuana is a psychoactive drug that causes mind-altering effects, and with the negative effects that come from the use of vaping products, vaping marijuana can be more dangerous than teenagers may realize. That is why Primo Prevention is here to provide the educational supplies you need to better educate the youth about the dangers of using both natural and synthetic marijuana in vaping devices.
The Dangers of Vaping Marijuana
So why should vaping this psycho-active drug matter if marijuana is legal for recreational use in several states throughout the U.S.? Although there have not been cases of people overdosing on intaking Cannabis, the psychoactive drug can still negatively affect a person’s brain development. In a 2017 study, researchers found a link between the use of marijuana as an adolescent and a disruption in the brain’s development that can affect attention span, behavior, and impulse control throughout adulthood.
While natural cannabis does have its own negative side effects, the Cannabis oil used in vapes can heighten the effects significantly. When people vape marijuana, they consume higher concentrations of THC than traditional smoking methods. With the higher levels of THC being ingested, a person can experience worsened side effects and they increase their exposure to the hundreds of chemicals that are added into the cannabis and the vaping device itself.
Understand the Signs of Vaping Marijuana
Vape pens make it easier for teens to discreetly inhale marijuana wherever they are. The vape pens are easy to conceal and look like stylus pens or USB jump drives, which makes them harder to get caught. You may not be able to detect the scent of marijuana when it’s used through a vape pen either. Just like nicotine and other chemicals found e-cigarettes, the scents are cloaked with fruitier flavors to avoid suspicion from bystanders. If you notice a teenager carrying a pen-styled object that looks abnormal from an ordinary writing pen, there is a chance that they are vaping marijuana or a marijuana-like substance.
The signs of a person under the influence of marijuana are the same whether they use by smoking a joint, from a bowl, or vaping it through a pen. A few signs of marijuana use include:
- Red Eyes
- Increased Appetite
- Delayed Reactions
- Impaired Memory
- Lack of Motivation
Spread Awareness About the Dangers of Vaping Marijuana
As more states begin to legalize or decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana, cannabis products are more likely to fall into the hands of adolescents and pre-teens. However, marijuana and other THC products are still illegal in the hands of minors and adolescents. Through early prevention and education about the dangers of vaping marijuana, we can make our youth more aware of the dangers of marijuana as well as other vaping products.
At Primo Prevention, we have educational products and handouts about the use of marijuana that are both educational and highly effective. You can find our marijuana prevention education products here. Buy your educational products for your prevention efforts with Primo Prevention today!
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