Back to School: Talking to Kids about Cannabis - Webinar Free Recording

Sept ’16 Webinar Recording

Back to School: Talking to Your Kids About Cannabis

Medical use, potential adult use–it can be hard to know how to address these issues when your tots, tweens and teens have cannabis questions. Get helpful tips and pointers for talking to your school-age kids about changing social norms around this plant.


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1. Delivery Methods and Dosing: Making the most of your medicine Back to School: Presenter: Becky DeKeuster, M.Ed, Co-founder, Education Liaison Producer: Ben Gelassen, Digital Marketing Specialist Talking to Kids About Cannabis

2. Legalized medical marijuana, and the potential for legal adult use, present all adults with new opportunities to help children understand: – Why healthy kids should NOT use cannabis, and – Why some adults choose to use this plant therapeutically

3. Delivery Methods and Dosing: Making the most of your medicine What does recent data tell us about youth use of & attitudes about marijuana?

4. Monitoring the Future national survey on drug use, 1975-2015 Marijuana: Teen perception and use patterns

5. Monitoring the Future national survey on drug use, 1975-2015 Marijuana: Teen perception and use patterns

6. Teens, Marijuana and IQ: NIDA (8/1/16) “In a recent study sponsored by NIDA and the National Institute of Mental Health, teens who used marijuana lost IQ points relative to their nonusing peers. However, the drug appeared not to be the culprit.” Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA Notes, “Study Questions Role for Marijuana in Teen Users’ IQ Decline.” Published August 1, 2016. Accessed Sept. 25, 2016. https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2016/08/study-questionsc#.V-A2ImQDtF5.twitter

7. Teens, Marijuana and IQ: NIDA (8/1/16) Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA Notes, “Study Questions Role for Marijuana in Teen Users’ IQ Decline.” Published August 1, 2016. Accessed Sept. 25, 2016. https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2016/08/study-questions-role-marijuana-in-teen- users-iq-decline#.V-A2ImQDtF5.twitter “(Researchers) tested three hypotheses that should all be confirmed if marijuana causes cognitive impairment that persists beyond the period of acute intoxication: – Marijuana use should precede any declines – Heavier users of the drugs should incur greater declines – Where one twin in a pair uses marijuana and the other doesn’t, the one who uses should subsequently develop a lower IQ relative to the other”

8. Teens, Marijuana and IQ: NIDA (8/1/16) Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA Notes, “Study Questions Role for Marijuana in Teen Users’ IQ Decline.” Published August 1, 2016. Accessed Sept. 25, 2016. https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2016/08/study-questions-role-marijuana-in-teen- users-iq-decline#.V-A2ImQDtF5.twitter “Their results did not support any of the hypotheses. Instead, their evidence suggests that some children’s genes and family environments set them on pathways that lead both to the use of marijuana and to IQ decline.”

9. Teens, Marijuana and IQ: NIDA (8/1/16) Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA Notes, “Study Questions Role for Marijuana in Teen Users’ IQ Decline.” Published August 1, 2016. Accessed Sept. 25, 2016. https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2016/08/study-questions-role-marijuana-in-teen- users-iq-decline#.V-A2ImQDtF5.twitter “Even if further research discloses no direct link between marijuana and IQ declines, the researchers caution teens against using marijuana. “While marijuana use in adolescence may not be causal of lower measured intelligence, this does not mean that heavy use in adolescence is problem free,” says Dr. Isen. “There are real health risks associated with all drugs, including marijuana.””

10. Delivery Methods and Dosing: Making the most of your medicine I’m a parent and a certified medical cannabis patient. What should I tell my children about this? Could my status as a patient affect my parental rights?

11. Think The brain isn’t fully developed until the mid-20s, and teens who smoke marijuana may be more likely to become dependent than those who begin use as adults.

12. Secure Always keep medical cannabis in a safe and secure place away from children, pets, and guests. Store in odor-proof packaging, in a safe or lock box.

13. Monitor Know how much you have and keep track of your medical cannabis.

14. Talk early, talk often Conversation is often most effective before youth experiment with any substance.

15. CPS will respond to reports of child abuse or neglect, and may do a home inspection to determine whether to involve the courts. For more information, visit: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/ca_child_custody Medical cannabis and child custody CPS can temporarily remove your children, and may require things like parenting classes, drug counseling or ongoing drug testing. A spouse or former partner can use your medical cannabis use against you in a custody dispute.

16. Know how much medicine you have at home. Lock medicine away from kids and child-proof any indoor cultivation area. If you cook with cannabis, clearly label infused products and store in child-proof containers. Responsible, conscientious use Do not medicate in the presence of your child. In dual-parent homes where both parents are patients, ensure that one of you is capable of driving or responding to a crisis at any time. StashLogix EcoStash Hemp Locking Bag

17. Having the Conversation “How to Talk to Kids About Marijuana” Kelly Caywood, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Children’s Hospital Colorado https://www.childrenscolorado.org/conditions-and-advice/ marijuana-what-parents-need-to-know/talking-to-kids-about-marijuana/Colorado “Have a conversation, not a lecture.” “Make it an ongoing conversation, not something you talk about once.” “Be honest if you use marijuana.” “Acknowledge if you have a family history of” problem drug use.

18. Large-scale, longitudinal survey ABCD Study Source: https://addictionresearch.nih.gov/abcd-study; More information: http://abcdstudy.org/ To what extent do drug use or other experiences change the adolescent brain, and to what extent do brain vulnerabilities (as a result of genetics, injury, or other environmental factors) lead to drug use and other adverse outcomes?

19. Large-scale, longitudinal survey ABCD Study Source: https://addictionresearch.nih.gov/abcd-study; More information: http://abcdstudy.org/ How do different types of substance use interact, and can the effects of individual drugs be disentangled in individuals who use more than one?

20. Large-scale, longitudinal survey ABCD Study Source: https://addictionresearch.nih.gov/abcd-study; More information: http://abcdstudy.org/ What impacts do diverse patterns of substance use (for example, moderate versus heavy marijuana use) have on brain development, academic achievement, social functioning, and other aspects of life?

21. Final Thoughts 1 Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana-facts-parents-need-to-know/starting-conversation/ “Whether or not marijuana becomes legal for adult use or allowed for medical use, it can be harmful for teens and can alter the course of a young life, preventing a person from reaching his or her full potential. That’s reason enough to have this sometimes difficult conversation with your children.”

22. Final Thoughts 2 Source: Bangor Daily News, 9/25/16 http://bangordailynews.com/2016/09/25/o pinion/editorials/what-students-want- when-it-comes-to-fighting-addiction- someone-to-listen/?ref=OpinionBox “According to the students who attended the One Life Project Youth Voice event… one-off events and anti-drug initiatives don’t compare to the presence of a supportive person in a young person’s life, whether that person is a peer, a teacher, a parent, a counselor, a school principal or a bus driver.”

23. Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs Drug Policy Alliance Booklet available free at http://www.drugpolicy.org/resources-publications

24. Marijuana Talk Kit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Booklet available free at http://www.drugfree.org/MJTalkKit/

25. Monitoring the Future National survey results on drug use 1975-2015 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids All survey data available free at http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/

26. A Patients’ Guide to Medical Cannabis Americans for Safe Access Booklet available free at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/asa_condition_based_ booklets

27. Delivery Methods and Dosing: Making the most of your medicine Thank you for your time and attention!

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Back to school talking to your kids about cannabis