According to a nationwide survey, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. In 2019, more than 48 million American teenagers and adults reported past-year marijuana use. Another study found that nearly 60% of high school sophomores said that it would be easy to obtain this substance – even if it was illegal in their state. How can you tell if your son is smoking, vaping, or taking edibles? Educate yourself about the primary signs of teen marijuana use.


Behavioral Signs of Marijuana Use

Weed is one of the most accessible illicit substances in Tennessee; because of this, it’s often the first drug that teenagers experiment with. As a parent, you will probably begin to notice your child acting differently if he has begun using marijuana. Keep an eye out for the following behaviors.

  • Increased sleepiness, fatigue, and lethargy
  • Reluctance to leave his room (or the house)
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Dramatic changes in his friend group
  • Worsened academic performance
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
  • Struggling to manage money
  • Secretive behavior
  • Lack of motivation
  • Quick temper or general irritability
  • Impaired coordination and memory
  • Extreme hunger
  • Going for long walks
  • Depression and anxiety


Physical Clues

Additionally, there are plenty of observable clues that your teenage son has begun to use marijuana. These include:

  • Bloodshot or glassy eyes (or the presence of red-reducing eye drops)
  • Suddenly using new air fresheners, colognes, body sprays, or mouthwashes
  • Small burns on their fingers or clothes
  • The pungent, skunk-like smell of marijuana
  • Paraphernalia, such as rolling papers, small pipes, vape pens, and large water pipes


Help for Teen Marijuana Use

Do the signs of teen marijuana use sound familiar? If so, know that you are not alone. There is hope, even if you’ve tried to convince him to quit before. ARCH Academy provides a unique approach to addiction treatment that is specifically designed for teenage boys between the ages of 14 and 18. We know what it takes to help your son heal.

For more information, please contact ARCH Academy today.