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Pictures of Marijuana for Parents

Photos in Different Stages of Growth and Use

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John C. Umhau, MD, MPH, CPE is board-certified in addiction medicine and preventative medicine. He is the medical director at Alcohol Recovery Medicine. For over 20 years Dr. Umhau was a senior clinical investigator at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

These pictures show marijuana, also known as cannabis or weed, in varying stages of growth, processing, and use. You may be concerned about plants you find growing in and around your home. Or, you may wonder whether what you discovered in your child’s room is marijuana or indicates your child may be using marijuana.

Even if you live in a jurisdiction where marijuana is legal, there are age restrictions and your child can end up on the wrong side of the law. You should prepare to have a conversation with your child about the risks involved in using or selling marijuana when underage.

Marijuana Plant Growing in a Pot

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If you find plants around your home that look similar to the marijuana plant in the photo, someone in your household is trying to grow their own weed. The plants have changed considerably in recent decades as they have been bred to produce more buds.

Leaves on a Marijuana Plant

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If you see plants like this growing around your home, chances are they did not just pop-up in the wild—they were purposely cultivated. Cannabis plants have a palmate leaf with serrated leaflets. You are likely to recognize them from popular art. While there are plants with similar leaves, the serration pattern for Cannabis is distinctive.

Chopped Up Marijuana Plant

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Marijuana is dried and chopped up to prepare it for use and sale. The stems are usually removed.

Marijuana Joints

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If your child is using marijuana, you may be likely to find rolled joints of marijuana cigarettes. You may also find rolling papers. Your child may claim that these are hand-rolled tobacco cigarettes, which would also be a concern.

Small Amount of Marijuana Ready for Sale

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You may find a small amount of marijuana your child has acquired for personal use to smoke. It is probably readily available in your community.

Plastic Bag Full of Marijuana

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You may also find larger quantities of marijuana in a plastic zip-lock bag. You might find smaller plastic bags with residue inside. This can trigger concerns that your child is transporting or selling marijuana rather than obtaining it for personal use.

Marijuana Bud

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Marijuana buds are higher in THC than other parts of the plant and are sold at a premium. As marijuana has been increasingly bred to produce more buds, you may find this type of marijuana in your home. It is probably much more potent than the average street-grade weed.

Close Up of Marijuana Bud

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If you look closely at a marijuana bud, you will see the fine “hairs” and leaves that make up the bud after it is dried.

Processed Marijuana Buds

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If you find a larger quantity of processed marijuana buds in your home, someone either has an expensive habit or they are selling weed to their friends.

Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation

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If you see this many marijuana plants growing indoors, you have stumbled upon a major indoor marijuana grow operation. Leave the scene immediately and call 9-1-1 if it is not a legal operation.

You Found Some Marijuana, Now What?

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First of all, don’t over-react. Before you force your child into a professional drug treatment program that you may not be able to afford and they may not even need, take a step back and try to evaluate the situation.

It may be that your child has experimented with marijuana use or tried it a couple of times with their friends. That happens a lot more these days than it may have happened when you were in school.

Forty-four percent of all students have tried weed by 12th grade according to the National Institutes of Health.   That means that your child probably has friends who are smoking marijuana or at least know someone who is.

Your child’s involvement in marijuana may have just been a passing curiosity, or it may be more than that. Before you react, you need to assess just what your child’s level of involvement is with marijuana.

How do you do that? The best advice available is the simplest—ask your child.

Whether or not adolescents become involved in drugs—or stay involved—may be related to their parents’ attitudes about drug use. Having a matter-of-fact, rational discussion with your child about marijuana may be the best way to approach the situation.

Of course, your child’s use of marijuana may be more involved than simple experimentation, depending on how much of the drug you found. If so, they may not be as willing to talk to you about it. In this case, you will need to educate your child on the legal risks of transporting or selling marijuana.

Parents may want to know what marijuana looks like in all stages of development and use. See photos that can help you check what you find at home.

Looks Like Pot But It’s Not: Questions Surround Sale Of CBD Flowers

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A plant that looks and smells like marijuana has found its way onto store shelves in Minnesota. The CBD flower is derived from hemp. It’s the latest product claiming to help with everything from anxiety to seizures.

Inside Hideaway in Dinkytown, you’ll find jars full of CBD flowers. There are different flavors to choose from like Sour Tsunami and Cannatonic. One jar is advertised as Minnesota made. And they sell pre-rolled joints.

“I went in to get CBD oil and they actually had what looked like marijuana, big vats of marijuana for sale and I was shocked,” said Wade Thomas, of Arden Hills.

So what’s the difference?

Thomas couldn’t tell by sight. Put hemp CBD flowers and marijuana buds side by side and it’s hard to see what sets them apart.

Wally Sakallah owns the store that sells the flowers.

“It’s like a hemp flower. I mean it’s actual like marijuana-looking, smells like it, taste like it, the only thing is its effect. It doesn’t have the effect. It doesn’t have the psychoactive to it,” Sakallah said.

Even so, critics of hemp CBD argue the products, including flowers, are not regulated and not legal.

In a statement, the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy wrote: “Nothing in state or federal law allows any products derived from hemp to be sold for human or animal consumption.”

Law enforcement, however, say there’s nothing on the books about it.

“We’re running a business. This is not like street market or black market. This is an actual business, we follow the law,” Sakallah said, adding that there’s a growing demand for the flowers over CBD oils or other products.

“People are like, OK, I would like to have the actual flower instead of actual processing stuff to make sure this is the actual stuff,” Sakallah said.

And he knows the more it’s out there, the more issues could arise.

“I feel bad for law enforcement…how are they going to tell? Sakallah said.

Thomas said he uses CBD oils for muscle soreness and joint issues but said he’s not going to take his chances with the flowers.

“It smells like weed so I wouldn’t feel comfortable riding around with it in my car, so if you got pulled over there could be some issues there. Cause how can you tell a cop it’s CBD and it looks exactly like weed and smells like weed but it doesn’t have THC in it,” Thomas said.

Sakallah reports police did stop one of his employees with the CBD flowers. It took some time, but the officer eventually let the worker go.

The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy warns that hemp-derived products can contain small amounts of THC and users may test positive for it when they undergo drug testing.

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