No matter what you call it, a significant number of high school students have tried weed. While scientists and mental health professionals debate about whether or not you can become addicted, or just dependent, upon weed, what you think about your own use is a useful exploration.
Have you wondered if you use to much weed? Are you a stoner or a recreational user? Is it time to cut back?
Edge Foundation has created a marijuana personality quiz to get you thinking. It’s not a diagnostic tool; it’s intended to be fun and to make you think, maybe even a little, about your own use.
How to know if you need to cut back
It can be difficult to know whether or not you are using too much weed or not. In addition to the questions on the quiz, you might look at the following indicators to help you figure out if it’s time to seek help or cut back:
- Are you getting at least a C average at school?
- Do you turn in assignments that you know you could work harder on, but just can’t get yourself motivated?
- Are you on time to school or your job? Do you ever call in sick when you are more tired than sick?
- Are you helping out with your chores at home, or do you make your parents nag you?
- Do you follow the rules at home and at school (at least most of the time)?
- Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
- Do you have goals in life that you actively working on?
If you answer “no” to these questions and you use weed to help you cope with the stresses in your life, it may be time to get help.
Where to get help!
- Talk to an adult in your life that you trust. This could be your parents, but it also might be a neighbor, family friend or teacher. They can help you get connected with resources in your community to get started with.
- If you don’t have an adult in your life you trust, you can start by calling the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration CONFIDENTIAL hotline: 1-800-662-HELP or visit http://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov.
Did you know?
- 23% of high school seniors in 2012 reported using weed in the previous month (NIDA)
- If you have ADHD you are twice (2x) as likely to become dependent on weed. (University of Pittsburgh School of the Health Sciences 2013)