Many teenagers turn to drugs out of boredom, rebelliousness, or just a need to escape. The reasons for using are as numerous as the teens who use. Access to illegal drugs, however, is often limited, keeping many would-be addicts from using. Cigarettes, alcohol, and, increasingly, marijuana, are legal options, but only for those of age. However, there are other options for teenagers looking to get high – many are legal, and many are easily found.
These signs can sometimes be tricky since some may be present simply because one is a teenager. If you notice these signs in your teen, keep a closer eye out for potential drug use. You may discover evidence of these plants – such as crushed leaves or little plastic baggies – in their room or in the pockets of their clothes.
Legal but Dangerous
The most important thing to remember is to remain calm and empathetic. While you may feel angry at the behavior, an ugly confrontation could drive a teenager into deeper abuse. Instead, approach your teen from a place of understanding and a desire to help. It can be helpful to enlist the assistance of a professional in the process.
Here are six plants – legal and available to any teenager – that are sometimes used to get high.
It can be difficult to deal with a teen who has been abusing drugs – both legal and illegal – especially if he has reached a point of dependency. Many parents and teens seek help to address this dependency, and help is not always easy to find. The first real step to getting help is to identify the problem.
Type of Plant: This 6- to 12-inch tall groundcover spreads by underground rhizomes to form extensive colonies under optimum growing conditions.
Type of Plant: This biennial herb grows up to two feet wide at the base, with flower stalks rising six feet or more.
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Type of Plant: These herbaceous perennials spread to form extensive colonies under optimum growing conditions.
How to Grow: Uva-ursi is very difficult to propagate by seed, so it’s best to obtain potted specimens from a native plant nursery in your area, or from an online supplier. Grow in full sun or light shade; excellent drainage is essential. Uva-ursi is drought-tolerant and requires little care once established.
How to Grow: Dried coltsfoot seed rarely germinates, but “fresh” seed, as well as potted plants, are available online. Rich, moist soil and a location in full sun or part shade are this plant’s preferred growing conditions.