Kids: Weed and spice are in, booze and cigs are out

14 Dec

This is what the kids are turning to instead of alcohol or tobacco. A better alternative or a greater evil? You decide!

What kinds of drugs are the kids into these days? The question is what kinds of drugs AREN’T the kids into these days! I kid, I kid. The answer is weed.

In fact, about 25 percent of eight, tenth and 12th-grade Americans smoked Marijuana in the last year, up from 21.4 percent in 2007, according to a study by the University of Michigan and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Furthermore, about 6.6 percent of high school seniors are hitting the bong daily or near-daily, according to the study.

But that’s old news. Everybody knows kids like to get stoned and do whatever it is that kids do when they’re stoned. The bigger news here is what they turn to when they can’t get their hands on some pot. Research shows that 11.4 percent of seniors used spice or K2 in the last year, despite the fact that, unlike marijuana, the stuff is all chemicals and gross and not also used commonly as a medicine.

But just as something comes into style, something else must fall. As kids are lighting up their weed and synthetic weed, they’re eschewing cigarettes and alcohol. Don Draper just did a spit-take. About 40 percent of seniors admitted to having a drink in the last month, down from 54 percent in 1991. Tenth-graders are down to 27 percent from 43 and eighth-graders are down to 13 percent from 25. Cigarettes have fallen even more. About 10 percent of seniors said they smoke daily, compared to 24.6 percent in 1997.

“This is very good news for the health and longevity of these young people,” Lloyd Johnston, research scientist at the University of Michigan and the principal investigator of the study, told CNN. “Even a reduction of only one percentage point can translate into thousands of premature deaths being prevented.” Great news! But what about the other stuff? You know, the marijuana stuff.

“We must be clear with our young people,” Gil Kerlikoeske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, told CNN. “Smoked marijuana is not an FDA approved medicine and the National Institute of Health has long documented the harms of marijuana use. Science shows it is addictive. Research shows it impairs driving. Studies show it can degrade academic performance.”

According to the federal government’s drug classification, marijuana is one of the worst drugs out there, ranked alongside the likes of heroin, crack, LSD and dozens of other weird chemicals. One classification lower is your cocaine, morphine, oxycodone and meth. It’s no surprise that the feds are pretty upset at the news that kids are smoking one of the most harmful plants in existence ever, according to their classifications.

So the tobacco and booze might be down, but kids will be kids and they’ll always find some way to keep getting high. Take away spice and they’ll move on to something else. Take that away and who knows what kind of weirdo chemicals teenagers will put in their bodies. You can’t stop the youth, people.

[via CNN/LN8]

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4 Responses to “Kids: Weed and spice are in, booze and cigs are out”

  1. VIOLETTAHHH SMILIE RODREGUESZ 06/10/2012 at 8:53 pm #

    THIS IS TRUE ABOUT KIDS DOING THIS AND IM 13 YEARS OLD AND I SMOKE WEED ONES A WHILE BUT AFTER READING THIS IT MADE ME STOP THE DRUGS THAT IM INHAILING IN MY SYSTEM THAT ARE GOING TO CAUSE ALOT OF PRUBLEMS IN THE FUTURE LATER ON AND I HAVENT HAD PRUBLEMS BUT I HAVENT HAD PRUBLEMS BUT THEY COULD APPEAR LATER SOWE I NEED TO STOP NOW AFTER IT GETS DANGROUS AND SOMETHING HAPPENS LIKE GETING ADDICTED THATS WHY I NEED TO STOP NOW!!!

  2. Renee Cavaluzzi 10/02/2014 at 10:06 pm #

    You obviously know nothing about marijuana! The synthetic marijuanas are not made for consumption. It says so on the labels. This stuff has 10 x the THC level of real marijuana and can cause high blood pressure and other lovely symptoms eventually leading to kidney failure. In 2010 there were 11,500 cases of young people across the USA who were admitted to emergency rooms across the U.S. because of sicknesses caused by this “Spice” synthetic marijuana! You are gonna say this is a better alternative to smoking and drinking?

  3. Renee Ahrens-Cavaluzzi 10/02/2014 at 10:17 pm #

    How dare anyone compare this despicable synthetic drug to the real thing!!!! You are the same people who think it’s okay for doctors to give zanex to CHILDREN!

  4. Renee Ahrens-Cavaluzzi 10/02/2014 at 10:47 pm #

    As you can see this package is rather attractive! Just last week a friend had me come over this exact same package of seeds and other stuff in this attractive package which shimmers and makes it look awfully attractive! It reads Fruit Punch but clearly marked on the back was the print reading “NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION!@!! We couldn’t figure out what it was? We thought it might be some kind of poison, but I couldn’t find anything on it until today after I began reading about this topic of “synthetic weed” and it is packaged to target the attention of young people. However, this stuff is basically and Herbal Incense.

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