Top Ten Teen Toking Tip-Offs Part 6

How do you know if your child is acting like a normal teenager or if you’re seeing cannabis use? Here are ten true-or-false statements covering the most likely tip-offs that your teen is using marijuana.


6.  I found hollowed-out cigars and burned nails in my son’s backpack, which seems odd, but they can’t be related to marijuana use.

FALSE – Having paraphernalia[6] around the house (and possibly blaming a friend) is a sign of marijuana use. Those hollowed-out cigars you found in your kid’s backpacks are used for smoking pot. Users call them blunts.[7] They pack them with herb marijuana and smoke them like regular cigars. They contain a lot more marijuana than a joint and can be very potent. If your child has been hiding burned nails, they’re probably dabbing.[8] This highly dangerous form of marijuana use involves inhaling the smoke from burned high-THC concentrates like shatter, budder, and wax. Using nails to hold the marijuana and a lighter to burn it is a simple form of dabbing, though there are “rigs” and pens made specifically for dabbing.

[6] Sison, Gerardo. “3 Signs Your Teen May Be Using Marijuana: Weed Addiction & Treatment.” American Addiction Centers, 14 Oct. 2019,

[7] Santos-Longhurst, Adrienne. “Blunts, Spliffs, and Joints: What to Know Before You Roll Up.”, 21 Oct. 2019,

[8] Driscoll Jorgensen, Elizabeth. “Dabs, Wax, Vaping Weed, Edibles and the Real Impact of High Potency THC Products: What Parents Need to Know.” Resources To Recover, 15 Oct. 2019,

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