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Is the War Against Marijuana Working?


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As a result of the war on drugs, America has the second largest prison population worldwide, with Russia having the largest. In 2011, over 850,000 people were arrested on some type of marijuana related offense in this country. Think of the money involved in law enforcement costs to perform these arrests, prosecute the offenders, and imprison them where they are fed, clothed, and entertained with funds from taxpayer money. Not only that, these offenders will not be able to get decent jobs after release from jail or prison. What becomes of them then? Homelessness? Drugs? Prostitution? Return to jail or prison? Probably so, for many of them. In trying to eliminate the marijuana problem, other issues are created, so it is unclear whether this approach is working as intended.

Our country is divided when it comes to solving the marijuana issue. Some believe it should be legal in the same way as alcohol, heavily taxed and controlled. Others believe medicinal use is the only way marijuana should be legally sold. The arguments on both sides are convincing in many ways, therefore, there is still no decision and the battle will continue for many more years while more money is spent daily trying to arrest everyone who has a single joint in their possession. There must be a good reason for all this government involvement. Maybe marijuana is more dangerous than most people believe it to be.

The Dangers are Understated

Those who use marijuana regularly claim that they have never hurt anyone while under the influence, nor have they had any health issues because of the drug. For these reason, they believe the drug is safe and continue this denial for many years, smoking more and more marijuana and ignoring the signs. Sure, they have a little cough, or can’t remember things sometimes, but they don’t believe it could become a serious problem.

Some of the reasons marijuana is considered dangerous include:

  • Any substance that alters the way the brain perceives reality is known as an hallucinogen, and any time you interfere with the brain’s natural processes, the results can be unpredictable or dangerous.
  • With marijuana, the chemical THC is responsible for the euphoric effects of the drug, and the amount of this chemical in any given batch can vary depending on the source.
  • Marijuana could be laced with other dangerous drugs or chemicals without the purchaser’s knowledge.
  • One of the dangers of marijuana occurs because the user holds the smoke in their lungs as long as they can. This causes more sore throats and chest colds than normal, but the main danger is that consuming one joint exposes the user to as many cancer causing chemicals as if they had smoked five regular cigarettes.
  • Studies prove that heavy marijuana users have decreased mental aptitude and poor memory.
  • Prolonged use of this drug can cause cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, lungs, and many more.
  • Marijuana damages bronchial cells that are responsible for protecting the lungs from bacteria, fungi, and tumor cells. Acting as an immuno-suppressant, marijuana interferes with the body’s ability to fight against infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
  • Marijuana contains some of the same chemicals as cigarettes, but the tar content in a joint is much higher than in a regular cigarette.
  • Panic attacks, flashbacks, delusions, paranoia, depression, aggressiveness, psychosis, schizophrenia, and manic-depressive (bipolar) disorder can be caused by marijuana abuse.

Considering the above facts, it isn’t difficult to see that marijuana is harmful. There is still much debate over whether it is addictive, however, there are many people who suffer withdrawal symptoms when the drug is withheld, and they continue using despite the dangers, which is the definition of addiction.

Is It Safe if Used Medicinally?

There are claims that marijuana helps ease the pain suffered during terminal illnesses such as cancer, and many physicians support the use of marijuana in these instances. Anyone considering using this drug medicinally should do some research and learn as much about the effects of marijuana as possible. No one wants to take the risk of becoming addicted to any drug, whether legal or illegal, in order to manage pain, but the number of prescription painkiller addicts who started out innocently following doctors dosage are testament to the powerful control these chemicals can exert over a person’s mind and body. Marijuana is one of those drugs, regardless of whether a legal prescription was obtained.

We are familiar with the short-term side effects of marijuana such as impaired perception, impaired judgment, and memory problems, but there are a collection of other mental disorders attributed to marijuana that have been listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) which is published by the American Psychiatric Association. Some of these disorders are categorized as follows:

  • Cannabis Intoxication: impaired motor skills, anxiety, poor judgment, social withdrawal, sensation of slowed time, perceptual disturbances.
  • Cannabis Intoxication Delirium : memory deficit, disorientation.
  • Cannabis Induced Psychotic Disorder: delusions
  • Cannabis Induced Psychotic Disorder:¬†hallucinations
  • Cannabis Induced Anxiety Disorder

Anyone considering medical marijuana should be made aware of the above disorders that might result from prolonged use of this substance. In many cases, someone that has been in pain for a long period of time might have already developed depression or anxiety, and the condition could worsen by introducing marijuana into their system. Everyone reacts to medications differently and what works for one doesn’t always work for another. Although some have had positive outcomes by using marijuana medicinally, others could experience negative reactions that could make their situation far worse.

If you have concerns about how marijuana is affecting your life, contact us today and learn how we can help you take control of the compulsion to continue using this substance. We have a team of addiction specialists who are experienced in treating marijuana-related problems and they are dedicated to making sure you enjoy a lasting recovery.

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