CONSIDERING IF MARIJUANA IS ADDICTIVE OR NOT
- November 24, 2018
As a plethora of scientific evidence continues to plow through the media, we have to ask ourselves an important question: is marijuana addictive or not? While the drug is beneficial to people suffering from crippling pain or debilitating illnesses, the little green plant has also garnered a notorious reputation for impairing the brains of teens and adults alike. For many people (including those in the cannabis community) the debate becomes even more confusing when you bring items like cannabis use disorder to the table. So where does this fine line exist? While some people develop a tolerance for THC and other cannabinoids, others might not be so lucky. So how can we tell if this herb is addictive? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Cannabis Use Disorder
While the drug can certainly result in tolerance, marijuana is not frequently placed in the category of dangerously addictive substances, at least not among members of the scientific community. More frequently, you will hear the term “cannabis use disorder,” which is officially classified in the DSM-V. Overall, researchers have classified this problem based on the drug’s impact on human life, the human body, and long-term habits and have set up 11 indicators that can determine if a person is experiencing cannabis use disorder. These factors may include a strong desire for the drug, cannabis tolerance, or lifestyle impairment.
According to Roger Roffman (Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Washington), doctors should acknowledge the benefits of marijuana but should not deny the existence of a cannabis use disorder. After all, all drugs (even the helpful ones) can backfire for certain people.
Does Legalization Solve Addiction?
Ultimately, given the fact that marijuana is illegal on the federal level, we have to consider if legalization does (in fact) solve the addiction problem in our country. According to researchers, prohibition does nothing more than aggravate the situation, as addicts or abusers will feel shunned about their problems (due to a drug being illegal). Roffman added further that marijuana studies have been drastically misrepresented in our society, and legalization would help addicts (even people who frequently use marijuana).
Always remember that marijuana does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
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