Navigating the Haze: Understanding the Impact of Marijuana on Students

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April 20 is a day known to many as a celebration of cannabis culture, it’s crucial to shed light on a topic that affects countless students across the globe: the impact of marijuana. While marijuana has gained increasing acceptance in society, particularly for medicinal purposes, its recreational use among adolescents and young adults remains a concern, especially its effects on academic performance, mental health, and overall well-being.

The Impact on Students:

  1. Academic Performance: Marijuana use among students can have detrimental effects on academic performance. Research suggests that regular marijuana use is associated with impaired cognitive function, memory, and learning abilities, which can ultimately hinder a student’s ability to succeed in school.

  1. Mental Health: Adolescence is a critical period of brain development, and the use of marijuana during this time can have lasting consequences on mental health. Studies have linked marijuana use to an increased risk of anxiety, depression, psychosis, and even schizophrenia in susceptible individuals.

  1. Physical Health: Smoking marijuana can pose similar health risks as smoking tobacco, including respiratory issues and lung damage. Additionally, marijuana use may lead to unhealthy behaviors such as poor diet choices and lack of physical activity, further impacting overall health and well-being.


Tips for Parents:

  1. Open Communication: Create a safe and non-judgmental environment for your child to discuss their thoughts and experiences with marijuana. Encourage honest conversations about the risks and consequences associated with its use.


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About the Author

Clayton Cranford
Clayton Cranford is a retired Sergeant from Orange County Sheriff's Department in California and owner of Total Safety Solutions LLC. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media, child safety, and behavioral threat assessments. Clayton is the author of the definitive book on cyber safety for families, “Parenting in the Digital World.” Clayton has more than 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the 2015 American Legion Medal of Merit. Clayton was a member of the County's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, School Resource Officer program, and Juvenile Bureau.