In this episode of The Screenagers Podcast, Dr. Delaney Ruston explores the complex issue of weed use among teenagers in today's digital world. The discussion delves into how cannabis is portrayed and often glamorized on social media and the potential risks this poses to young people, including addiction and mental health concerns. The episode also sheds light on the cannabis industry’s lack of stringent regulation and the dangers of high THC products. Importantly, Dr. Ruston offers practical strategies for parents to engage in effective and meaningful conversations with their teens about cannabis use.
Potency levels of regulated cannabis products in Michigan 2021–2022 (Journal of Forensic Sciences)
Recent rapid decrease in adolescents’ perception that marijuana is harmful, but no concurrent increase in use (Drug and Alcohol Dependence)
Acute Mental Health Symptoms in Adolescent Marijuana Users (JAMA Pediatrics)
00:04 Introduction to the Podcast
00:38 Teenagers' Perspective on Cannabis and Social Media
01:53 The Intersection of Cannabis Use and Screen Time
02:28 Medical Misconceptions about Cannabis
03:59 Personal Stories of Cannabis Use and Mental Health
04:19 The Risks of Cannabis Use for Mental Health
05:47 The Reality of Cannabis Addiction
09:26 The Impact of High THC Concentration in Cannabis
11:28 The Role of Vaping in Cannabis Use
12:33 The Need for Regulation in the Cannabis Industry
16:11 Strategies for Talking to Teens about Cannabis
18:52 Seeking Help for Cannabis Addiction
21:19 Personal Strategies for Decreasing Cannabis Use
22:27 Conclusion and Acknowledgements
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