WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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any preexisting mental health conditions, like anxiety, depression, or ADHD, it can exacer- bate those symptoms and, in some instances, can lead to psychosis and hallucinations." When counseling parents, Ziegler advises, "Regardless of whether you are for or against it, let your kids know about the serious effects on the developing brain. If you are moderate on this issue, you can present it like this: 'Here are facts. Here is what we know.' I hope that we're all connected around the fact that we don't want another drug that our kids can become addicted to, or which can make their mental health symptoms worse." Ziegler recommends having the discussion with kids by the end of fifth grade. "You intro- duce the subject and direct the message you want to send." And how to handle it when your child asks you if you experimented with pot or other drugs? Ziegler advises: "Generally be honest and keep it moderate and short. Kids will know when we're lying. We want our kids to come to us with questions." Ziegler also says, "I clearly tell teens it's not safe to be in a car with anyone who has con- sumed in any way. If you're high, concen- tration is difficult; your coordination is in jeopardy; it's hard to judge distance, speeds, or identifying sounds." Ziegler counsels adolescents: "Just like I tell kids never to accept an open drink from someone, I tell them not to eat anything at a party if you don't know where it came from." Edibles (see sidebar on page 96) are a popular means of ingestion and often marketed to the most vulnerable consumers, according to Gruber. She says, "With edibles it's very easy to have too much. They are not metabolized in same way (as marijuana that is smoked). Rise time is slower but the effects last a lot longer. I tell kids 'You won't die, though for a while you might wish you would!'" (New York Times Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd provided an entertaining cautionary account of her own experience with edibles in 2014.) 95 Cannabis and Our Kids W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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