Resources for Parents and Professionals

 

Parents, educators, peers and the community have a role in influencing, educating and supporting youth and others in the decisions made regarding cannabis use.

Signs that someone may have problems with cannabis use could include:

  • Poor school attendance and declining grades;
  • Memory loss
  • Lowered inhibitions;
  • Inappropriate behaviours;
  • Psychotic episodes;
  • Depression;
  • Procrastination and low motivation;
  • Changes in friendships;
  • Cognitive decline; and/or
  • Irritability and/or sleep disturbances.

Further information and guidance can be read in the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse report The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescents.

 

Parents: Help your teen understand what’s fact and fiction about marijuana

What teens say about cannabis use…What evidence tells us.

 

Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence

This Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse document reviews cannabis and its effect on the adolescent brain, the linkage between cannabis use and mental health, addictive properties of the drug, as well as interventions that are available if you are concerned about someone’s usage.

 

Talking with Teens - Video

Middlesex-London Health Unit has developed six short videos on:

  • Talking with Teens about Drugs and Alcohol (video #1)
  • Factors That Put Teens at Risk for Drug and Alcohol Use (video #2)
  • Setting Boundaries and Consequences for you Teen Regarding Substance Use (video #3)
  • Risks of Teens of Using Drugs and Alcohol (video #4)
  • Signs of Drug and Alcohol Use in Teens (video #5)
  • What if you Suspect Your Teen is Using Drugs or Alcohol (video #6)

 

The Effects of Youth Cannabis Use on the Developing Brain – Myth Busting - YouTube Video

 

Online Learning for the Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence

This learning series looks at youth cannabis use and current and emerging evidence.

 

Stats, Facts & Talking Points About Alcohol and Other Drugs

A parent resource guide to talking with your teens about making good decisions.

 

You, Your Teen and Substance Use

This resource has been developed by the Durham Region Health Department and is a guide to helping you talk to your teens about alcohol, cannabis and other drugs. 

Drug-Impaired Driving Toolkit

Series of documents containing information for new drivers and educators.

 

Eggs on Weed

Supported by Arrive Alive and Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving, dangers of driving while impaired are discussed.

 

What Canadian Youth Think about Cannabis

 

Guide to Facilitate Discussions about Youth Cannabis Use in Your Community

Prevention Hub Canada

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse – network developed for professionals working in youth substance use prevention. 

 

Online Learning for the Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence

This learning series produced by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse looks at youth cannabis use and current and emerging evidence.

 

Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis

A series of publications developed by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse:

  • Respiratory Effects of Cannabis Smoking – An Update
  • Maternal Cannabis Use during Pregnancy – An Update
  • Cannabis Use and Driving – An Update
  • Chronic Use and Cognitive Functioning and Mental Health – An Update
  • Medicinal Use of Cannabis and Cannabinoids – An Update

If you are concerned about someone’s cannabis use, there are professionals who can help.

 

 

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