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. 

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.

Leaves on a Marijuana Plant

Leaves of a Marijuana Plant
Leaves of a Marijuana Plant. DEA

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.

Chopped Up Marijuana Plant

Chopped Up Marijuana Plant
Chopped Up Marijuana Plant. DEA
This is what a marijuana plant looks like after it has been dried and chopped up. In this photo, the stems have not yet been removed.

Marijuana Joints

Marijuana Cigarettes or Joints
Marijuana Cigarettes or Joints. DEA

If your child is using marijuana, this is most likely the form that you might find it in if you discover it in your home - two rolled-up, ready-to-smoke marijuana cigarettes or joints.

Small Amount of Marijuana Ready for Sale

Small Amount of Marijuana Ready for Sale
Small Amount of Marijuana Ready for Sale. DEA

This is also a form in which parents might find around the house if their children are smoking marijuana. This a relatively small amount of marijuana and probably readily available in your community.

Plastic Bag Full of Marijuana

Plastic Bag Full of Marijuana
Plastic Bag Full of Marijuana. DEA
This is another way parents might find marijuana - in plastic zip-lock type bags. This is a large bag and a large amount of pot. You might find smaller plastic bags with residue inside.

Marijuana Bud

Marijuana Bud
Marijuana Bud. DEA

This picture shows what is known as a marijuana bud. If you find marijuana in your home that looks like this, it is probably much more potent that the average street-grade weed.

Close Up of Marijuana Bud

Close Up of Marijuana Bud
Close Up of Marijuana Bud. DEA

This is an extreme close-up photograph of a marijuana bud, showing the fine "hairs" and leaves that make up the bud after it is dried.

Processed Marijuana Buds

Processed Marijuana Buds
Processed Marijuana Buds. DEA

This picture shows several processed marijuana buds. If you find this much marijuana in your home, someone either has an expensive habit or they are selling weed to their friends.

Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation

Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation
Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation. DEA
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.

You Found Some Marijuana, Now What?

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.

If 38.3% of all students have tried weed before 12th grade—more than one-third of all students—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 them.

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.

For more information about how parents can influence their children concerning substance abuse, see 5 Tips for Parents to Keep Teens Away From Drugs.

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. For other ways, you can assess their level of involvement see How Can I Tell If My Child Has Been Using Marijuana?.

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