The Addictive Side of Marijuana

There are many things said about marijuana. There are people who support it, and believe it has no negative effects, with the exception of causing legal problems. They believe the simple solution is to legalize the drug, as some states have already done. They argue that marijuana is good for your health. Marijuana has been proven to have some benefits. Here are some of the benefits of marijuana.

  • Relief of muscle spams
  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Suppression of nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Improves depression
  • Reduction of interlobular pressure inside the eye
  • Improves sleep patterns

Some very good benefits if you have a medical condition causing these symptoms. That is why they legalized medicinal marijuana, because the benefits of marijuana use in certain situations outweigh the cons. A good analogy would be depression medications. Depression medication side effects can cause serious complications, but when you are suffering with a disorder that is causing you to harm yourself, or have suicidal thoughts the side effects are worth the benefits.

What about the cons of marijuana, the side we rarely here about. The most commonly known negative effects of marijuana use are the legal problems. First offence for possession of marijuana is a max of one year in jail, probation, and a $2,ooo fine. A felony marijuana charge is one year and a day in prison, with a max of 10 years, probation, and up to a $5,000 fine. These are just the penalties for possessing the drug there are some marijuana charges that can put you in prison for up to 30 years and a 2 million dollar fine. We also hare that marijuana is a gateway drug, meaning it can lead to more serious drug use. There is much debate over the issue, but research has proven this to be true.

There are many negative effects we do not hear about that are backed up by science. Marijuana has been proven to be an addictive drug. Up to 30% of marijuana users will become physically addicted to the drug.  Hundreds of thousands of people are addicted to marijuana. Withdraw from marijuana is not dangerous but can become very uncomfortable. The withdraw symptoms include the following.

  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • GI problems
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Anger

It ends up causing the very problems it is supposed to be treating when you try to get off the drug.  Withdraw from marijuana takes an average of 10 days to a month. In this time most people relapse. Marijuana can also cause problems within the home effecting relationships and financial problems.  Children who grow up in a home with marijuana users are more likely to use themselves. Marijuana has more effect on a developing brain of a teenager or child, than that of an adult. Marijuana contains 50% to 70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than cigarettes, which is hazardous to the lungs.  Chronic marijuana users are at an increased risk to suffer from depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.

In some medical situations such as cancer, glaucoma, and chronic pain marijuana can be helpful and the positives can outweigh the negatives. For the average person and the average marijuana user the pros do not outweigh cons of this drug. Many people struggle with marijuana addictions losing jobs, homes, relationships, and more. Marijuana addiction can seriously affect your live and therefore should be taken seriously. There are many facilities that deal with marijuana addiction treatment. If someone is struggling with marijuana addiction they should seek treatment of some form. For more information or questions please call 1-800-468-6933.



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