10 Clues Your Kid Is Smoking Weed

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Here's Clue #1: If your kid's walking around today saying "Happy 420!" this and "Go 420!" that, he's not happy because it's the 20th of April, folks. He's happy because it's 420, meaning: WEED DAY (420 is the annually celebrated holiday for potheads worldwide; 420 meaning here; thanks, KatieP.).

And if your kid's happy that it's Weed Day, then he's probably also, well, stoned.

Okay, so what are some other signs your kid's probably smoking marijuana?

I don't see the point of living through my wild and wonderful youth if I can't turn all that experience into a way to mess with my kids and, in turn, your kids. Let's talk about pot smoking, what it looks like, smells like, and acts like.

Whether you've already been having some suspicions about your teen or you're a "weed virgin" hoping to get the lowdown, here are several more clues your kid might be hitting the pot pipe:

  1. Glassy, red eyes that are half closed a lot. These eyes aren't tired. They're stoned ...
  2. Your kid's grinning at you a lot -- this isn't a smile, mind you, but a grin. Think Cheshire Cat but combined with the eyes described above.
  3. There's this sweet smoky burning smell wafting off your dear child that you can't identify, to which your kid keeps saying, "Man, I wish my friend Dan would quit smoking cigarettes. It's so bad for you." Yeah, that's not the smell of cigarettes and there's probably no friend named Dan either.
  4. You find rolling papers, a pipe, a soda can with a hole poked in the side of it, lots of empty baggies, or, better yet, a baggy with the green stuff still in it. Yes, he'll try to blame "Dan" for this one too, but he's lying.
  5. When you come into the kitchen in the morning, there are remnants. No, not weed remnants, not joint remnants -- remnants of the munchies: Entire bags of potato chips demolished, whole cakes, boxes of cookies, that sort of thing.
  6. You catch your kid watching this video over and over.
  7. Somebody keeps sneaking Visine eye drops on the grocery list.
  8. A guy name "Lucky" (who doesn't look so lucky) drops by every few days for quick five-minute visits with your kid.
  9. Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead ... any song on repeat. Better check for cannabis, moms.

Yeah, it may seem like I'm being funny, but this list is based on real events. I used to "know people," you know?

Of course, marijuana use can become more than silly, odd-acting experimentation and a serious problem or gateway drug for many kids. Other big-picture signs to watch for: A drop in school performance, disinterest in activities he/she used to enjoy, lying, feelings of paranoia or anxiety, passive behavior, and withdrawal from the family.

What will you do if and when you find out your kid's smoking weed?

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RanaA... RanaAurora

Hopefully laws will change before my children are old enough that this is an issue. As of right now, my ONLY problem with it is that it's illegal, and can interfere with school work, so that would obviously be the topic of our discussion - and that it NEVER be in the house as then I can be held legally liable.

madfoot madfoot

oh please! if he's saying "go 420" that can just mean he is SHOWING OFF. my 13 yo stepson is always going on about nonsense like how he watches Playboy TV, etc, but always busts himself by saying something that reveals he doesn't actually know what that would entail. He talks a good game.

jeann... jeannesager

Ha - Madfoot, kind of like the 17-year-old boys claiming they have sex all the time? Soooo talking a good game.

wifeo... wifeofhawkins

actually you are wrong the day is celebrated because of bob marley's birthday not some police code where do you get your info????

jeann... jeannesager

Wife -- Bob Marley was born in February - FYI.

KatieP. KatieP.

LOL

KatieP. KatieP.

and bob marley was born in feb, died in may, does not have anything to do with him. it also does not have anything to do with police codes either.

http://parentingteens.about.com/cs/marijuana/a/420meaning.htm

Stacy119 Stacy119

"Other big-picture signs to watch for: A drop in school performance, disinterest in activities he/she used to enjoy, lying, feelings of paranoia or anxiety, passive behavior, and withdrawal from the family."

These strike me as signs of IMPENDING self-medication, not necessarily drug abuse. It's sad some people are so emotionally distanced from their kids that it's not OBVIOUS to them when something changes in the kid's life!

Cafe... Cafe Sheri

Sorry, all. I was misinformed about the police code thing. I totally knew that too (blame the missing brain cells from hanging around "those friends" I used to have). Thanks, KatieP. for the link.

Stacy119 Stacy119

The thing I would worry about if my kids were using any kind of street drugs—is TAMPERING. Anything can be put in those drugs, including arsenic, which is frequently used as an insecticide by unregulated growers. There are also other far more dangerous street drugs and chemicals that are used to taint pot, and if your kid needs medication for stress, please go to the doctor and demand he sign a consent form for your local compassion club. Kids use pills all the time—we give them to toddlers. I would never raise a kid who needed medication for stress, but if you are going to go that route, then please make that distinction about the child's SAFETY because drug abuse is NOT a moral issue. It's all about _coping_. Happy teenagers don't need drugs and alcohol.

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