What is your opinion regarding Marijuana?
A reality of American life is that many adolescents, young adults, and even older adults experiment with illicit drugs. While occasional use of marijuana may not lead to abuse, it is still a hazardous activity because of marijuana’s addiction potential or the association of marijuana use with incidental harm, such as drugged driving or being arrested for other criminal activities. In the earliest stages of use, neither the drug user nor loved ones may recognize that there is a problem starting to develop. But over time, the person who abuses Marijuana may begin to show signs of physical dependence and addiction. Marijuana use can lead to addiction. Recent data suggest that 30 percent of those who use marijuana may have some degree of marijuana use disorder. People who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than those who started using it in adulthood.
Marijuana use disorders are often associated with dependence—in which a person feels withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug. People who use marijuana frequently often report irritability, mood and sleep difficulties, decreased appetite, cravings, restlessness, and/or various forms of physical discomfort that peak within the first week after quitting and last up to 2 weeks.
Marijuana dependence occurs when the brain adapts to large amounts of the drug by reducing production of and sensitivity to its own endocannabinoid neurotransmitters. Marijuana use disorder becomes an addiction when the person cannot stop using the drug even though it interferes with many aspects of his or her life.
Marijuana use is the potency is increasing
Another issue with Marijuana use is the potency is increasing, as detected in confiscated samples. It has steadily increased over the past few decades. In the early 1990s, the average THC content in confiscated marijuana samples was roughly 3.7 percent. In 2014, it was 6.1 percent. Also, newly popular methods of smoking or eating THC-rich hash oil extracted from the marijuana plant (a practice called dabbing) may deliver very high levels of THC to the person.
The average marijuana extract contains more than 50 percent THC, with some samples exceeding 80 percent. These trends raise concerns that the consequences of marijuana use could be worse than in the past, particularly among those who are new to marijuana use or in young people, whose brains are still developing
Researchers do not yet know the full extent of the consequences when the body and brain (especially the developing brain) are exposed to high concentrations of THC or whether the recent increases in emergency department visits by people testing positive for Marijuana are related to rising potency.
Driving under the influence of Marijuana
Also, laws are growing and changing regarding driving under the influence of Marijuana. Driving under the influence of Marijuana will have the same consequences as driving under the influence of alcohol. Most arrests will involve you having to take a Marijuana assessment or alcohol and drug assessment or evaluation. I offer substance abuse evaluations which include alcohol and drug evaluations and assessments as well as Marijuana evaluations and assessments. I can make recommendations if you may need help or if you need education regarding the results of your evaluation. I can offer you informative alcohol classes, drug classes and Marijuana classes in the comfort of your home.
There is huge controversy regarding Marijuana. Is it good? Is it bad? Is it addictive? Non-addictive? If you attend a Marijuana class or support group where people are sharing their stories of Marijuana use and what it has done to their life, it could be easy to form an opinion. If you are in a group of folks who are using Marijuana for medical purposes and they sing praises for relief it has given them, it is also easy to form an opinion and often times conflicting for those who are curious to try it. If it is good for some, it must be good for all right?
So what is your opinion regarding Marijuana? Marijuana classes can give you the educational facts regarding the use and abuse, but it is up to you to form your own opinion regarding its use and how it may affect your life.