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WEED: Family Guide to Marijuana Myths and Facts

Published: April 8th, 2013

Category: News, Uncategorized

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Marijuana grown today is exceptionally potent. While addiction and abuse were rare in the 1970s, today marijuana abuse and dependence are the number one cause of adolescent admissions for addiction treatment. Today’s marijuana is many times more powerful than the marijuana sold in the 1960s and 1970s, due to genetic engineering. Marijuana smoking is becoming more common than cigarette smoking and the most common cause of drug-related traffic accidents.  Yet many people still subscribe to the belief that mari­juana is safe to use by children, adolescents, and young adults. In this book, Pediatric and Family addiction experts Dr. Scott Teitelbaum and Michael Nias respond to such widespread myths about marijuana, giving balanced and honest answers grounded in current data, facts, and decades of clinical experience with young people and their families.

Weed explains exactly why using marijuana today can be a very dangerous choice. The book helps teens make in­formed decisions about smoking, marijuana, and drug use. This book also shows parents the best ways to tell children about drugs. Teitelbaum and Nias discuss how your family can talk rationally about hot button issues like marijuana, and how you can avoid common conflicts in the process. Weed settles what’s real and what’s not amid marijua­na hearsay, enabling you to understand just how the drug affects your brain—and your future.


Scott A. Teitelbaum, M.D., FAAP, FASAM, board certified in Pediatrics and Addiction Medicine, is the Medical Director of one of the nation’s premier treatment programs for substance, misuse, abuse and addiction– the University of Florida’s Florida Recovery Center.  Professor Teitelbaum is the author of Addiction: A Family Affair.

Michael F. Nias, JD, MSW, LCSW, is assistant professor of psy­chiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He has decades of experience working with families and young people dealing with the consequences of drug use. He has worked as a Social Worker, Family Evaluator, and Therapist in Washington D.C. , Maryland and Florida.