While teen marijuana use disorder (recreational and medical) is not legal for underage adolescents in any part of the United States, it seems teenage marijuana use is at its highest level in roughly 30 years. Should parents be concerned? The evidence for and against marijuana can be overwhelming, especially with the proliferation of new CBD and THC-based products, consumables and other cannabinoids used for treating seizures, pain, depression and more. This can be confusing, as there is also evidence of the negative effects of teen marijuana use disorder.
Marijuana as a drug must be differentiated from CBD-based products, which isolate one cannabinoid within the drug (cannabidiol, CBD) and typically strip the drug of its psychoactive component (tetrahydrocannabinol, THC). Marijuana must also be differentiated from synthetic cannabinoids, which are artificial analogs with a potency multiplied by factors of ten to a hundred, often with disastrous results.