As Marijuana Legalization Spreads, Marijuana Addiction Treatment Seekers Grow

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The number of people going to treatment for marijuana addiction due to the mandate of a court is dropping, The Washington Post reports. As marijuana legalization and medicalization continues to spread, there is less room for courts to try marijuana cases and mandate people to go to treatment. However, as those numbers have dropped significantly, the number of people voluntarily seeking marijuana addiction treatment has risen. Data used in the article comes from the National Survey On Drug Use And Health which is sponsored by SAMHSA and the DHHS.

Most admissions to treatment for marijuana addiction are voluntary, according to the data. Beyond courts, the data now “covers a much broader range of settings than the survey of substance-use treatment programs, including help-seeking with physicians, psychologists, school nurses, urgent care clinic staff and self-help groups,” the article explains. Marijuana addiction is still a surprising need for treatment as most people are unaware that marijuana can be addicting. By comparison, marijuana is one of the less harmful drugs one can be addicted to. It is always worth noting that to date, nobody has died of a marijuana overdose and scientists haven’t been able to prove that would be possible without consuming a ludicrous amount of marijuana. Even the adverse physical effects of marijuana are only starting to be proven. It is the mental effects of long term marijuana use which is the main problem. Marijuana today is 30 times more potent than it was in 1972, according to a study in the Journal of Forensic Sciences which analyzed potency trends of THC. The effect marijuana is having is considerably stronger, as a result. “Marijuana use disorder” as marijuana addiction if formally called, is a problem because of the strong impact marijuana can have on someone’s brain and their ability to live their life.

Marijuana use disorder wouldn’t be listed as a diagnosable condition if there wasn’t an impressive amount of empirical data indicating that marijuana is indeed addictive. There are even twelve step groups for marijuana addiction, like marijuana use disorder. Psychosis, paranoia, anxiety, and depression can all result from chronic marijuana use. Hallucinatory Persisting Perception Disorder can also result, leading to a lifetime of auditory, visual, and physical disturbances. Everyone has met that one “stoner” who seems to have smoked just a little too much marijuana in their time. New stories sporadically circulate about people eating one too many marijuana brownies or edibles and having a mental breakdown as a result. Marijuana can no longer be considered a drug of innocence and a habit of culture as the strains of THC become increasingly potent.


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