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How common is cannabis use in 15 year olds?

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cleo14 Thu 08-Jan-15 14:31:53

Any advice welcome, i've suspected my ds (almost 15)has been smoking cigarettes for a few months. However, he visibly came home last weekend looking stoned. We challenged him immediately and later spoke to him when things had calmed down and he admitted he'd smoked a joint- no further info given. We've removed privileges and told him that other than dinner money at school he will not be given another penny for the remainder of the month. He definitely going through a stage of pushing boundaries all over the place and it's really hard at times. Has anyone else had this experience ?

GlitzAndGigglesx Thu 08-Jan-15 14:34:55

When I was 15 I smoked it quite a few times without my dads knowledge. I never bought it though it was always whatever my friend had. It is fairly common in teens to experiment with it

chocoluvva Fri 09-Jan-15 10:12:26

DS - 15 - reckons about a quarter or third of the teens in the year above him at school (16) are on the whacky baccie. Easily obtained at the schools in this (naice) area.

chocoluvva Fri 09-Jan-15 10:18:39

Does he know about the danger of developing mental health problems - paranoid schizophrenia/depression?

The most effective approach to keeping him off the weed, might be (difficult though it is) to appear mildly disappointed by his risky behaviour rather than shocked and horrified - easy for me to say, of course - a quiet, brief word with him about the dangers of taking weed, especially today when it's often very strong might have more effect on him than trying to 'control' his behaviour. Forbidden fruit and all that.

It's awful that it's so readily available to very young people isn't it?

NewYearNewBrie Fri 09-Jan-15 10:37:25

yeah I smoked about £30 a day with my ex boyfriend and quit a year and a half ago.
It can contribute to all sorts of mental illnesses - which is why I hate my DP smoking it and i would be very upset if my DCs were.
I have depression, anxiety, paranoia, that I put down to smoking weed.
make him stop.

cleo14 Fri 09-Jan-15 21:51:23

Thank you for the replies, I'm sure it's experimental but yes, really worrying how available it seems to be in schools today. I'm taking the education approach and getting some leaflets

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