Warning Signs Your Teen is Doing Pot

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images-1.jpegI debated about putting up this post because I know I will anger some of my teen readers and clients who are very much a part of the teen pot culture and do not want to get busted. Unfortunately, pot is everywhere and many teens (some of my friends included) consider it very tame.

In fact, many of my friends vehemently refuse to smoke cigarettes, but love smoking weed. I want to explain the pot culture a bit for parents and give some warning signs–many of these are no different from when parents were teenagers, but it can never hurt to be reminded.

The Nicknames:
-Marijuana: MaryJ, Pot, Grass, Weed, Toke, Reefer, Hay, MaryJane

The Forms:
-I am no expert on this, but I do know that there are different qualities of weed (in leaf form) that you can buy. High quality weed, the more expensive kind has high levels of THC and gives a ‘good high.’ Also different kinds of weed can give different kinds of highs, quick high, long lasting, etc. Poor quality weed can give headaches because it can sometimes be laced with other substances.

The Methods and the Terms (a brief overview):
-Joint: Putting weed in rolling paper sometimes with a ‘filter’ made of cardboard, (looks like a handrolled cigarette).
-Spliff: Half tobacco, half weed joint usually in a modified cigarette or with rolling paper, often used to cover the smell of the marijuana.
-Bong: A long cylindrical glass jar where the marijuana smoke is inhaled from the canister.
-Pipe: There are small and big ones, it is basically a tobacco pipe for weed.
-Bubbler: A type of handblown glass pipe that has a ‘pouch’ for water so that the marijuana smoke filters through the water as it ‘bubbles.’
-Vaporizer: A way of smoking weed without smoke. This machine heats up the marijuana so just the THC is burned off in a vapor and inhaled. (minimal smell and better for the lungs).
-Edible Stuff (aka ‘laced’ food): Brownies, cookies, I have seen truffle pasta made with the oil from cooked pot.
-Hookah: Many teens now go to cafes or bars where there are hookah’s with flavored, usually fruity tobacco. Teens can buy their own hookahs and add pot to the flavored tobacco, which covers the scent.
-“Medicinal:” If teens can get their hands on a marijuana prescription then they can eat marijuana energy bars, pills and chocolate infused pot.

The Warning Signs:
-If they come home smelling like: pot (obviously), cloves (clove cigarettes are often used to cover up the smell of pot), hookah tobacco (also used to cover up the smell of pot), lots of mint (many of my teen friends will literally shower in Listerine and gum before they get home), loads of perfume or cologne.

-If you find rolling papers, lighters, pot (obviously), little baggies, any type of hand-blown pipe/bubbler/contraption, lots of eye drops (my pot smoking friends always carry ice breakers and clear eyes to hide the bloodshot eyes) clove cigarettes, loose tobacco peelings…you might want to have a talk with them.
(the following warning signs have lots of other explanations, but I feel I should mention them especially if they are paired with any of the signs above)

-Blood shot eyes

-Odd behavior after being with friends like extended giggling, lack of eye contact, running upstairs ‘to bed,’ consuming large quantities of food…

-Extreme ups and downs: Some of the pot smokers I know smoke so often, that when they are not high their personalities are extremely different than when they do smoke. Of course, mood swings are a typical part of teen life, but if you notice shortened attention span and extreme changes in energy level or personality, this could be something to look into, whether it is pot or not.

-Unexplained loss of money, unexplained gain of money. Did you just give your kid his Christmas money and now it is all gone and there is nothing to show for it/explanation? How about if they have lots of spending money…too much spending money? There are many teens who will deal pot to their friends to make extra money on the side. (Interesting sidenote: One of my friends in High School used to sell his little brother’s urine to athletes to pass drug tests…he did very well for himself)

Please, please, please do not freak out if you find eye drops in your kids purse or pockets, there are many reasons why your teen might have some of the signs above, but I think it is just important for parents to be aware. To be honest, whether it is marijuana or not, many of these signs also might signify that someone needs help (mood swings, cigarettes, odd behavior, lack of attention). These things, drug related or not, should also be discussed with your teen.

I hope this post was helpful, soon to come:
Parent FAQ: The Teen Pot Smoking ‘Culture’ Explained

Pot vs Alcohol: what are teens using?

Please do pass this around to other parents so that we can get the warning signs out there.


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65 thoughts on “Warning Signs Your Teen is Doing Pot”

  1. pot can actually increase your iq to think outside the box and unless you smoke all the time all effects are temporary

  2. Iam 30. I have smoked weed since I was 15. I too got ‘A’s while in school, but as I continued to use it, it did effect my ability to learn, and my desire to succeed. I have been smoking it every day since i was about 17. All I can say is, I do enjoy it, but it has pretty much ruined my life. I have missed so many opportunities because i just wanted to stay at home and get high.
    While there is no physical addiction invloved, the psycological addidction is terrible. If I cant get any weed I get so angry. For example today- I couldnt score and now I wont be able to sleep properly, and have been extremely mad and on edge all day. It seems that while I am not on pot, all I want to do is get high. And when I am high, i dont want to do anything. Its a vicious circle- one I wish I had never started. One thing I can say with certanty- frequent use of weed sap your very desire to succeed. I have seen it, and have experienced it for myself. If anything- the advice I can give is: Moderation. if youre going to smoke it- dont make it a habit. smoking every day has gotten me into the mess that Im in now.

  3. Fucking hell bro im high as a kite and it took me about 10 mins to read this but fucken hell just let the whole world smoke pot and feel happy for the rest of their lifes

  4. Ok, I have been smoking pot since i was 14. I kind of just dove straight into it. I had been around people who smoked it alot, so i dove in pretty hard. The first time i ever got truly high (since you usually dont get high your first time), I smoked 6 bowls of some dank dank dro. I bought 1g for $25, and no i didnt get ripped off because i still havent smoked anything stronger than that. I think that yes, it does alter your school performance, but it is all in your head. If you dont want to learn, obviously you wont learn, but if you actually TRY, you will be extremely close to the way you were before. And weed is NOT addictive. Also, the after effects are NOT permanent. SMOKE WEED.

  5. i sit inside my house everyday i dont go to school and i play video games and watch tv or just hang out with friends every day of my life. i do smoke weed everyday and i kind of wonder if im actually like this or if the weed just has a huge hold over my life.
    i cant tell cause ive been smoking weed for so long

  6. If you think weed ruined your life “a toker,” think again… YOU ruined your life.

    I smoke weed every day; I just graduated college and I have a full-time job. My life is perfect and I celebrate by smoking a harmless plant.

  7. Better to drink a couple of beers or wine, that have any illegal substances!! Reform you druggies.

  8. smoking weed is illegal, and it is proven that it does destroy brain cells. Wake up, stand up, and start living a life………………………………………..

  9. lol may you fail!!! they just proved that it DOES NOT kill or harm any brain cells…. why not you do some research before you randomly start making stuff up?

  10. Fact: Weed does NOT kill brain cells you fool. Get your facts straight before you try being smart. And it is proven that alcohol has killed more people than any drug combined, and how many deaths are weed related? none! exactly. so would you rather go out and have some beers and take the chance of not coming back home? or hang out at home and smoke some weed where you are more safe? and for those people who MAKE the decision to drop out and do nothing with their lifes is their fault. what about bill gates? he is one of the richest persons and he smoked weed while coming up with computers. Weed helps you only if you want help. it can help motivate you and become something in life. its never too late. you just have to start making good decisions. for those people who have “adictions” there is no such thing as addiction for weed. when you dont get high do you think you’d feel the same affects as if you were doing heroin and didnt get your fix? well think again its not an addiction. SMOKE WEED!! its good for you. dont smoke cigarettes they DO give you cancer and thats a fact.

  11. I am currently 19 and have been smoking weed since I was about 14 years old. I have EASILY gone weeks smoking every day, and then not smoking for another few weeks with NO issues, no addiction at all. I am equally as active as ever (which is very active, I am on my schools lacrosse team). My grades have actually INCREASED, I can’t say that it is because of weed, but I can definitely say that it has not made me any less driven or successful…sorry to burst your bubble but weed isn’t bad at all.

  12. I like to toke up every now and then. i smoke about 2-3 times a week and i am the same as i always was. im just as motavated and get the same grades as i alwas have and just got a job. weed has very little if any effect on ur health. People need to see that what the government says about weed isnt all true. they can say anything they want about it cause its illegal make up any fake study to try and scare kids and thier parents. there are exeptions though there are those people who spend all there money on pot, smoke it all day then blame weed for ruining their perfect life. so if some one shoots a man 4 any reason its the guns fault right? no its the idiot who shot him so stop blaming weed 4 ruining ur excuse of a life.

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