Marijuana: 6 Signs that Your Kid’s a Weed Head/Pot Head
If your ADHD kid is bouncing off the walls, forget Ritalin–give ’em a joint instead.
At least that’s what some medical marijuana advocates in California are saying.
Yup, you read correctly.
As a native southern Californian, I am often proud of how progressive the state is–but this is definitely not one of those times. Definitely not.
As a person with ADHD and someone who is totally against any type of drug use, it baffles me what they’re doing to ADHD kids.
ADHD kids–or any other kids, for that matter–do not need to be introduced to marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other drug by their parents or anyone else.
I’m so mad at her:
What do you think about this mother and author’s approach to drugs?
Children, of all ages, are being introduced to marijuana by their peers, do they really need their parents playing the pusher, too? Add the fact that its doctor prescribed, you can imagine the conversations in that house.
Drugs are not allowed in my house. Period!
I don’t drink, smoke or use drugs. I never have and never will. Like any good parent would, I try to lead by example. Does that mean that my child has been and will be drug-free? Absolutely not. But, if he chooses to do drugs–and, yes, marijuana is a drug–at least I know that he didn’t “get it from watching me.”
But sometimes leading by example is not enough.
Sometimes peer pressure overrides parental authority and children go through phases of experimentation with drugs. Luckily, for some children, it stays in the experimentation stage, but for others, it turns in to a full-blown, life-long addiction to stronger and more addictive drugs, like meth, crack and heroin.
What’s a parent to do?
I say parent and parent well. Don’t be lazy and reactive. Instead, proactively parent your children and get in their business. You should know as much about your child’s life, friends and activities as possible–even if they get embarrassed or angry with you.
Until they’re 18, you are responsible for everything they do and, ultimately, what kind of person they turn out to be. Don’t take the responsibility lightly because you’re playing with someone’s life: your child’s.
If you think your child isn’t weed head, you might be right. Then, again, you might not be, and your child might be smoking pot/weed.
Here are 5 tell-tale signs that your child may be a weed/pothead:
- If it smells like a weed head, it’s a weed head.
Marijuana has a distinct and recognizable smell. If your child smells like smoke (marijuana or otherwise), chances are he/she is smoking or has been around someone who is smoking. Weed smokers disguise the smell of weed by blending weed with cigars and flavored papers.
- Suddenly Becomes Mr./Ms. Smell Good
If your child suddenly starts using loads of perfume/cologne, he or she may be trying to cover up the smell of weed on his/her clothing. Pot smokers are also notorious for trying to rid the smell on their breath by chewing gum, using breath mints, and gargling with mouthwash.
- Dilated Pupils, Bloodshot Eyes, and Heavy Lids
This is a dead giveaway. Weed smokers’ pupils are large and their eyes are eyes can be very dark bloodshot red. To cover this up, they use and carry Visine to clear up the redness.
- Personality Changes
Lethargy and extreme sleepiness are signs that your child might be smoking weed. If your child’s upbeat personality shifts to being overly relaxed, as if he/she is floating, this is another indicator that your child might be smoking weed. Potheads are notorious for giggling and inappropriate laughter, as well.
- Smoking Gear
Pot smokers and weed heads are known for their smoking gear. From flavored rolling papers to pipes, bongs and lighters, a weed head typically has a variety of drug paraphernalia.
- The Munchies
After a smoke session, weed heads usually have increased appetites, otherwise known as the munchies, which is a craving for snack foods.
None of these signs alone or a few combined can determine whether or not your child is smoking weed or smoking pot. And, while there could be other reasons for the above, let your parental instincts guide you.
If you suspect your child is smoking weed, have a conversation with him/her and, make your child take a drug test, if necessary. Drug tests can now be bought at Wal-Mart, Walgreens and online, etc. and they are dirt cheap, too.
Here is an at-home drug test that specifically tests for pot; or rather, THC, the main “chemical compound” in weed for only $10.50:
For more information on marijuana and how to get and/or keep your child drug free, visit Above the Influence.
Want to learn more about the THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, the main chemical compound in marijuana? Check out this article, “What is THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, and What Does it Do?” from the pro-marijuana magazine, HighTimes.com