Why Synthetic Marijuana is More Dangerous than Weed

The use of synthetic marijuana is growing, and it poses a serious threat to you if you use it, a loved one who uses it, and the public as a whole. There have been an increasing number of reports recounting people who have used synthetic pot who have experienced dangerous side effects, including heart palpitations, dehydration, fever, seizures and psychotic episodes.

If you or someone you care about is dealing with an addiction to synthetic marijuana, you’re most likely concerned and want to learn as much about the drug as possible, its addiction potential, and perhaps above all, how to get treated for its addition.

This in-depth guide details what synthetic weed is, how it’s made, why it’s so dangerous and what to do if you or someone you love has used synthetic cannabis.

What is Synthetic Weed?

Synthetic marijuana is a man-made combination of different chemicals.

Tips for Raising Drug-Free Kids in High School

Adolescence can be a rocky time. Your teen is just starting to learn and establish their own identity, and with this often comes testing your parental control — and, of course, your patience. However, when it comes to drug abuse in teens, pushing the boundaries can lead to unsafe situations.

Teens commonly try, and even abuse, drugs and alcohol. And when they start, it can turn into a problem that won’t go away anytime soon without your help or the help of a professional rehab center.

The dangers of substance abuse for kids in high school can’t go overstated. Substance abuse can, and does, lead to:

  • Addiction
  • Injury
  • Disease
  • Poverty
  • Death

Teens and parents faced with this issue should realize and understand that an involved parent can be the single greatest force to keep teens off drugs and resolve a current substance problem.

Tips for Raising Drug-Free Kids – Middle School

It’s time for your child to enter middle school, and you’ve been preparing for this milestone for years. Preschool, kindergarten and elementary school are in the past, and it’s time for a new adventure. You’re aware that kids go through so many changes during this period – not only do they begin to deal with hormonal changes, but they will also have to contend with peer pressure – including the pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol.

To keep your child drug-free while they’re in middle school, you’ll need to be there for them in their time of vulnerability – especially to drugs and alcohol.

As part two in our five-part series on “Tips for Raising Drug-Free Kids,” below we’ve provided some practical tips for you to apply during your child’s middle school years. We’ll start by offering some drug abuse statistics for youth.

Tips for Raising Drug-Free Kids — Elementary School

If you’re wondering how to raise a drug-free kid, you’re not alone. Nearly all parents have the same concern, especially today when drug addiction is so prevalent. Parents are the number one reason why kids don’t do drugs though, according to Informed Families. You have an immense role in setting an example they’ll follow.

You’ve likely heard of Red Ribbon Week if you have a school-aged child. The nationwide campaign works to guide kids away from alcohol and drugs. However, the developing strength and skills needed for children to take a stand against drug use starts at home, long before they even get to school. And, raising a drug-free kid can never start too soon.

Below are tips for raising drug-free kids starting from their early years, representing part one in our five-part series on “Tips for Raising Drug-Free Kids.”

The Importance of Prevention

Children who don’t use tobacco, drugs and alcohol do so largely because of the positive influence their parents have on them and because they want to avoid disappointing their parents.

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