Pictures of Marijuana for Parents

Photos in Different Stages of Growth and Use

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.

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Marijuana Plant Growing in a Pot

Medicinal Marijuana Supplier Caring for Plants
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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.

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Leaves on a Marijuana Plant

Various marijuana leaves
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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.

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Chopped Up Marijuana Plant

marijuana nuggets and plant on displayed
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Marijuana is dried and chopped up to prepare it for use and sale. The stems are usually removed.

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Marijuana Joints

Marijuana
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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.

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Small Amount of Marijuana Ready for Sale

Marijuana in plastic bag, close-up
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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.

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Plastic Bag Full of Marijuana

Cannabis In Plastic Bag
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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.

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Marijuana Bud

Close-Up Of Weed Porn In Mason Jar On Table
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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.

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Close Up of Marijuana Bud

Close Up Of Marijuana Buds
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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.

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Processed Marijuana Buds

Close up of hand hold a pile of 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.

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Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation

Cannabis plants growing under artificial light, in organic Marijuana farm.
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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.

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You Found Some Marijuana, Now What?

Marijuana cigarettes
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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. Statistics show that a large percentage of students have tried marijuana at least once before they graduate from high 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.

The experts say that the number one influence on whether or not adolescents become involved in drugs or not—or stay involved—is their parents' attitude 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 much of the drug you found. If so, they may not be so willing to talk to you about it. You will need to educate your child on the legal risks of transporting or selling marijuana.

Source:

Marijuana. National Institute of Drug Abuse. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/marijuana.