Marijuana or cannabis is obtained from a plant, and it is a drug. It can trigger addiction, but consumers don’t seem to care about the consequences. They don’t think the addiction to the drug is a problem for them and believe that nothing harmful will come out of it.
Lancet Psychiatry conducted a new study of American adults who smoke marijuana. The researchers relied on previous information, gathered between 2002 and 2014. The data comes from surveys which are developed each year among drug consumers by health authorities.
The new study allowed researchers to make a comparison between the situation of drug addicts in the early 2000s and their current situation. This showed to them that back in 2002, people used to be more aware of the adverse effects of excessive use of drugs, marijuana included. Nowadays, they don’t seem to be interested in any negative effects.
Nowadays American adults think that there is nothing dangerous about smoking pot once or twice a week.
This new situation drew the attention of authorities, as they intend to raise awareness on the risks that come along with the pleasure of smoking weed. Among the features of the drug that users tend to forget it that marijuana is as dangerous as heroin, and highly addictive.
Public education plays a major role in the plan of raising awareness on the harmful effects of drug use. During the study, researchers also found out some features that the consumers had in common. One of them was little education and lack of employment. They are not only teenagers, but also adults, and most of them are men. In addition to marijuana, they are addictive to other substances as well.
As far as their state of mind is concerned, weed addicts tend to be depressive.
Other surveys and studies on marijuana use which have been carried out this year revealed that adults are indeed the main consumers. Teenagers are only a small part of the users, although it is true that the habit may develop at an early age. Elderly people don’t seem to be attracted by illicit substances.
On the other hand, marijuana is legal in certain states: Alaska, Colorado Oregon, and Washington. The substance, obtained from a plant called cannabis, can also be found in medication. This is its medical form, called “medical marijuana.”
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