2015-05-08 17:02:20

You're a savvy parent. You know what pot smells like and what a joint looks like. You'd definitely know if your teen was using pot, right? Maybe not. Today, teens are going beyond smoking to use marijuana in different ways. This guide reviews some of the newer ways teens are using pot to help you know what to look for and give you the terms you need to discuss marijuana use with your child.


Terms you need to know include:

Bong - Bongs can easily pass for decorative items because they're often made from glass, ceramics, and other materials, but they're actually weed pipes that are used to smoke marijuana. A smaller version of these glass pipes that can fit into a pocket is called a bubbler. Teens often use bubblers and bongs because they provide a more intense high, and this drug paraphernalia can be pricy. If you find one in your teen's possession, it's important to find out where they got the money for one. Be aware that teens sometimes make homemade bongs out of different household materials.

Glass Bong which just been Used by a female

Herb Grinder - Grinders are made out of metal, plastic, and wood, but they're all used for the same thing - to prepare marijuana for smoking or putting in a vaporizer. Reducing the size of dry herbs can produce a more intense high. Teens who know this and are using a weed grinder are likely not just experimenting with pot for the first time. Here is how to use a grinder information.

What a herb grinder looks like

Brownies - Marijuana brownies produce an intense high that can be far more dangerous and intoxicating than smoking. If your teen comes home from a friend's house with some freshly baked brownies, ask if you can have one and see his or her reaction.

Forms of Medical Marijuana

Hookah - Introduced to the west by the Middle East, a hookah can be used to smoke tobacco, but it's also a popular way to smoke pot. It's a good idea to let your teen know your feelings about all kinds of smoking and let them know that using a hookah isn't any different from using tobacco or pot in any other form.

Vaporizer - A marijuana vaporizer is a device that releases the active chemicals in marijuana by exposing them to heat. Because it does not produce smoke, a vaporizer is generally thought to be a less toxic, purer, and safer way to use pot. Make sure your teen understands that you don't want them using pot even in this cleaner form. Vaporizers come in desktop, portable, and pen forms, so be on the lookout for any odd devices. What is a vaporizer - more detailed information here.

Many types of vaporizers and what they look like

Rolling Papers - Similar in appearance to a pack of chewing gum, rolling papers are used by teens to make joints. Most states require people to be 18 to purchase these papers, making it important that you ask your child how he or she was able to get a pack.

Rolling Papers - what they look like

Scale - If you find a manual or digital scale in your child's room, it's important to take action immediately. Scales are used to portion out large quantities of  marijuana. Your teen could be selling drugs, or at least distributing them to friends in large quantities.

Pipe - Pipes are often used instead of rolling papers to smoke marijuana. Teens who use pot frequently will often have more than one pipe.

What Weed Pipe might look like

Joint - A joint looks like a cigarette, but it won't have a filter on its end, and it will be less perfect in appearance due to hand rolling. You may find a whole one, a partially smoked one or a butt or roach among your teen's things.

Blunt - A blunt is similar to a joint only it's wrapped in cigar paper, making it larger in size. Blunts not only expose teens to marijuana but also to tobacco.

What Marijuana Joint or Blunt might look like

Body Spray and Air Freshener - Teens who smoke or vaporize pot are likely to try and cover their tracks by spraying themselves with perfume or body spray. If they use drugs in your home, they may spray air freshener as well. Occasional use of these products shouldn't be cause for alarm, but frequent use combined with other symptoms like bloodshot eyes can indicate your child is using drugs.

Eye Drops - Teens who know that marijuana causes bloodshot eyes will often keep eye drops handy to solve the problem. If your child has eye drops that you didn't buy for him or her, find out why.

Cash - If you find money in your teen's room that exceeds the amount of their allowance or the wages from a job, you have reason to be suspicious. This is especially the case if the money is mostly in smaller bills.

Baggies and Jars - Baggies are the most basic form of marijuana storage containers and are often used by teens to hold drugs. More experienced users may purchase plastic dry herb storage containers or waxy oils storage containers, which can take the form of small boxes or jars. Weed storage containers will usually have a distinct smell even when they're empty, tipping you off that they aren't just innocuous items.

Old Fashioned Items - Does your child have a bottle of what looks like old school Barbasol shaving cream sitting on his desk? Or what about a can of Coca-Cola that never gets thrown away? Pick up these items and look at the bottoms. They could be hidden stash containers used to hide drugs and drug paraphernalia.

If you discover that your child is using marijuana, stay calm. Talking about the matter in a reasonable, but firm manner and explaining your reasons for wanting them to avoid the drug will likely have more positive effects than yelling. To continue reading about what to do if your teenager is smoking pot go here.


My Teen SMOKING WEED! What Should I Do? by Dr Paul


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