Marijuana may seem like an innocent drug but like any drug it can lead to addiction. While many states legalize it, like alcohol, this lower tier drug if misused can can cause problems for individuals who are unable to utilize it recreationally. Furthermore states that have not legalized it can still prosecute and jobs can still deny employment who fail drug tests due to it.
The article, “Marijuana Abuse and Addiction: Know the Signs” by Jaime Herndon looks at Marijuana abuse and how to help those who have issues with it. She states,
“While many people use marijuana (it’s the third most commonly used addictive drug, after tobacco and alcohol) most won’t become addicted. About 1 in 10 people who use marijuana will become addicted; when they start using before the age of 18, the number increases to 1 in 6.2 Research suggests that about 30% of people who use marijuana might have marijuana use disorder, the severity of which can vary.3 Cannabis use disorder is widely defined as problematic use of cannabis that results in significant distress or impairment with at least two issues within a 12-month period, like the substance use results in not being able to meet work, social, or familial obligations, or the substance use continues even after it’s affected or caused interpersonal issues.”
While cannabis is not as likely as other drugs to cause addiction, it still can happen and like many things, it can disrupt life is misused. One needs to ask why one needs to utilize any substance, beer, wine or marijuana to escape life. To read the entire article, please click here
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