Teen Almost Dies From Smoking 'Marijuana'

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marijuanaIt's every parent's biggest nightmare: Losing a child too soon. For Emily Bauer's family, it was almost reality after she tried a form of synthetic weed packaged as "potpourri" from a gas station, which sent her into the ICU where she went into a coma. Illegal in 41 states, the herbal mixture sprayed with chemicals is meant to create a high just like pot. Considering her parents forbade her from using the substance at home, the then-16-year-old thought it was a good substitute.

The side effects started as a persistent headache. Within four days of arriving at the hospital, Emily was a vegetable. Doctors told her family that if she regained consciousness, she wouldn't have use of her limbs. They took her off life support and thought it was over. Today, Emily is conscious. She's been transferred to a rehab hospital, eating solid food, and recognizes her family's voices.

The question: Could this have been prevented if the family wasn't so uptight about marijuana use? Answer: HELL no.

It's human nature to do whatever it is you know you're not supposed to. Please, when you're a teenager, you're in the "I want to do everything you tell me not to" phase every single hour of every day.

As a parent, though, you need to enforce rules in your home whether or not they're "fun" to abide by. Emily's parents did the right thing by discouraging their daughter from using marijuana. It's an ILLEGAL drug, for crying out loud. No parent in their right mind would tell their teen it's OK for them to smoke it, especially in the house. It wasn't their forbidding her to use the drug that had her looking for alternatives. I firmly believe that something like this could have happened even if they said pot was OK.

I can't even imagine how it's got to feel to be Emily's parents right now. How closely they're watching her, praying for a full recovery one day at a time. The harsh reality: Hovering over their daughter for the rest of her life will not fix what has happened. Although you may want to, you cannot protect your children from absolutely everything. All they can do is continue to love and be there for her and each other through this difficult time.

Have you ever heard of "potpourri"? Have you spoken with your teenager about smoking?


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nonmember avatar sbw

You shouldn't use a headline accusing marijuana when it was synthetic chemicals, the two are entirely unrelated. Also, tragedies like these could theoretically (within reason) be avoided if pot was legal and regulated...there would be no need to fall back on using manufactured drugs rather than a natural plant in the quest to get a little stoned. The synthetic stuff is terrifying and dangerous for a litany of reasons.

nonmember avatar Carly

I'm no fan of marijuana, and while I would never smoke it, I understand that some people legitimately benefit from it. HOWEVER, this wasn't weed, it was that fake crap. Stop trying to turn it into something it's not; that chick almost died from FAKE weed.

nonmember avatar Jelly

She didn't almost die from marijuana, she almost died from SYNTHETIC marijuana. This title is mis-leading. Your opinion is your own in the article, but use the right headline.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

Agree with the previous post the headline is pure propaganda. Marijuana never killed anyone! In fact I highly doubt K2 and other synthetic forms would even exist if it were not for the prohibition.

Karla C. Mulrenan

Nope!!! what this girl smoked WAS NOT MARIJUANA!!! So dont label it as such!!! 

Stephanie Pacut

There have actually been deaths associated with the fake stuff. Misleading headline.

nonmember avatar Sabra

Please retitle this with the word SYNTHETIC in it. More stir bloggers not knowing what they are talking about.

Christa Jackson Carpenter

The title of your article is WRONG! You obviously have no clue what you are writing about. You look like a dumbass! I think there have been 2 stories out of the 100+ I have read on here, that have been researched and written well. This is NOT one of them.

Pamra Olson-Christensen

Title to story is a lie, she became ill from gas station synth crap not weed!

Lilli Adams

Mistitled!!! This girl didn't almost die from Marijuana......... She almost died from a synthetic! Last time I checked Marijuana came from a plant and is NOT a synthetic!

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