Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is the favored drug of initiation, use, and abuse amongst teens in the U.S. Even its categorization as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) has not prevented it from having users from various age groups. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 26 million Americans, 12 years and above are current users of marijuana and this number is steadily growing. In fact, 30 states and Washington DC have legalized or decriminalized medical marijuana and 9 states and Washington DC have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabino (THC), the main active ingredient in marijuana, causes the intoxicating effects when the drug is consumed. In order to be able to use more potent concentrations of THC, various marijuana derivatives, like hash, kief, and hash oil, are now available at markets.
These concentrated derivatives deliver a stronger “high.” Moreover, they are easier to hide and hard to detect owing to the lower intensity of their odor and plain looking properties. Some of these marijuana derivatives include:
Be it marijuana or its derivatives, consumption of any kind of marijuana is harmful for teens. According to 2017 NSDUH report, approximately 1.6 million adolescents aged between 12 to 17 were marijuana users. Effects caused by marijuana and its derivatives can be classified into two categories:
Addiction to marijuana or its derivatives can be difficult to overcome because of its addictive nature and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. A comprehensive treatment program for marijuana addiction comprises medically assisted detoxification treatment followed by behavioral therapies under professional care. While a detox program helps flush out the drug and associated toxins from the body and manage the withdrawal symptoms, behavioral therapies and counseling can help change the negative thought process and avoid relapse.
Adeona Healthcare, a rehab center for teens aged between 12 to 17, provides comprehensive treatment programs for addiction, mental health, and dual-diagnosis. We understand that being a teenager is a sensitive age requiring delicate care. Therefore, our medical experts assess each and every patient in our care and design a personalized treatment program for them. For further information, call our 24/7 helpline 888-379-9360 and speak to a representative. You can also chat online for further assistance.