A new report says that a whole lot of teens get high on marijuana pretty often–it’s up a whopping 80 percent! That’s a pretty alarming statistic, considering that marijuana is illegal, so being caught with it is really dangerous to your future, especially if you live in places with a zero tolerance policy.
That said, we don’t condone anything illegal (hello, juvenile hall kind of majorly sucks!)–but we’re also no dummies and know that roughly one in ten of you are getting high anyway–despite all the warnings from your teachers, parents, and whomever else BLAHBLAHBLAHs at you about it. So, if you’re going to get high on marijuana, here are some things to keep in mind.
Most importantly, be safe. We know you’re too smart to ever drink and drive (right?!), so don’t smoke and drive, either. Marijuana can affect your alertness, reaction time, and concentration, which makes driving super dangerous. If you get high and drive, it can also screw up your perception of space and distance–making you more likely to rear end the car in front of you (or a lot worse).
Use common sense. Don’t get high before an exam, because marijuana can mess up not just your concentration, but also your short term memory, making all those facts you stayed up all night to drill into your head moot. And really, how pissed would you be to spend eight hours studying chemical formulas or Ulysses S. Grant just to fail?
If you’re planning to apply for a job anytime soon, we don’t recommend you get high at all. A lot of employers require a drug test before they’ll hire you, and marijuana use is detectable in hair follicle tests for about three months, sometimes even more than that.
Speaking of applying for a job–or college!–be smart about who’s around when you get high. Remember how Miley Cyrus was humiliated when a friend sold her out to the tabs for smoking salvia (which is legal) and then later calling herself a stoner on video? Imagine how you’d feel if your pals tagged you toking up on Facebook or Instagram-ed you inhaling marijuana. Even if your info is set to private, you can’t control what your friends post and who sees those. A “no camera/no camera phone” policy would be pretty wise to put in place if you plan to get high.
Lastly, don’t assume that just because marijuana is relatively common that you won’t get arrested if you choose to get high. Again: Like it or not, marijuana is still illegal, and the troubles that come with it are a clear risk whenever you buy it, use it, or have it on you. So if you want to try marijuana, be sure to think twice–preferably three or four times–before you get high.
Do you ever get high on marijuana? Do you know anybody who does get high? Do you think marijuana should be legal? Tell us in the comments!