Marijuana: What's a Parent to Believe?

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Hazelden, 2003 - Self-Help - 253 pages
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As a parent, if you're not sure what to believe about marijuana, how will you handle the subject with your child? Maybe you smoked pot as a teen, or you use marijuana today. Maybe you never tried pot, or you don't even know what it looks like. Maybe you're simply confused over conflicting claims about the drug whether it's addictive, how harmful it is, why some think it should be legalized. The best way for you to help your teen make healthy choices is to be informed. This much-needed book about America's most widely used illegal drug helps parents sort through the latest facts, the known risks, and the divergent perspectives on pot. The basic message? For teens, marijuana use equals risk. Your basic message? That's up to you.

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Cermak's book gives the best description of the science regarding our brain's cannabis receptors and their connection to memory that I've read in a long time, including a great description of how "virtual novelty" may enable adults to have a sensorally exciting experience eating peanut butter, but diverts teens from doing much of the important developmental work of adolescence, e.g., learning to negotiate the true novelties of the real world. I highly recommend it as a psychologist, a former parent of adolescents, and a cognitively intact survivor of the 60's. 

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currently reading this book and seemingly DISAPPOINTING! Yes, it does give the basic facts, however it does not go into detail how much research is being done today. It doesn't tell much about the history of marijuana use itself, and definitely leans towards the "cons" side of the spectrum. Parents need to open up their minds with even newer research and medical uses as well! Its not just a drug that teens do to get into trouble or to defy their parents, and thats basiiiicallly how he made it sound.  

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Is in private practice of psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, San Francisco and Marin County.Medical director and psychiatric consultant, Henry Ohlhoff Programs, SF, CA - 30-day residential, day treatment, 6-month halfway house and full range of outpatient chemical dependence services.Murray Hill Communications - consultant to Recoveryconnection.com, a recovery-oriented websiteB.A., Philosophy, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OHM.D., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OhioCertifications:Diploma, American Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyCertificate of Added Qualification in Addiction PsychiatryCertified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine

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