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October 19, 2021

New York Times

How to Talk to Teens About Edibles

A few years ago, my high school daughter came home talking about rumors of pot gummy bears circulating at our local middle school. Until then I didn’t realize that I needed to add edible cannabis to the list of topics to address with teenagers in my care.

For adolescents, the widespread legalization of marijuana has lowered many of the barriers to experimenting with it. Alongside a range of vaporizers, oils and tinctures, they have increasing access to edibles — pot-infused cookies, brownies, candies and more. This means the conversations parents need to have with their older kids about marijuana have a new wrinkle.

The good news is that many of the tactics used to navigate other tricky topics with teens can be deployed to talk about why edibles are not as harmless as they might look. Here’s more on what to cover and how.

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The advice provided by Dr. Damour here will not and does not constitute - or serve as a substitute for - professional psychological treatment, therapy, or other types of professional advice or intervention. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being, consult a physician or mental health professional.

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