Everything You Need to Know About Why Marijuana Abuse Is Dangerous

Everything You Need to Know About Why Marijuana Abuse Is Dangerous

There has been a surmounting shift of people that support the legalization of marijuana. In fact, the year 2014 saw 21 states sanction the medical use of marijuana, and 17 states have weakened their legal punishments for possessing the drug. With the changing views on marijuana use, it is critical to address the facts: just because a drug is legal does not make it safe or harmless. Alcohol is a legal drug for those 21 and up, but it poses several risks and dangers with no medical benefit.

Understanding the short- and long-term risks of marijuana use can help people make more-informed decisions before they use this drug.

Risks and Dangers of Marijuana Use

Here is what the professionals do know about the use and abuse of marijuana:

  • The drug alters the development of adolescent brains, which can be permanent. Excessive marijuana use or abuse can affect brain structure and working memory on a brain that is still growing.
  • Marijuana can cause chemical dependence. An estimated 10 percent of marijuana users become dependent to the drug, meaning the user experiences withdrawal symptoms when she cuts back or ceases use. Withdrawal symptoms may include anxiety, irritability and loss of appetite.
  • Marijuana abuse impairs the brain’s working memory, the ability to retain information
  • The drug is linked to over 35 cardiovascular complications, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association
  • THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, impairs the immune system, and increases the risk for disease and tumors
  • Marijuana abuse is high-risk for mental health disorders, especially anxiety and depression
  • While under the influence of marijuana, a driver’s risk for a motor vehicle collision doubles
  • Marijuana can alter the brain’s “feel-good” components, most specifically the release of the neurochemical dopamine. Users may require marijuana to boost feel good chemicals, which can keep people coming back for more.
  • Today’s marijuana is much more potent than what was used in the past. THC concentration is higher and several toxic versions are now being sold. The risk for adverse side effects and toxicity is significantly higher.

Seek help to quit using this powerful drug.

Is Marijuana Addictive?

Despite what many believe, marijuana is addictive, especially with the potency of today’s synthetic versions. Marijuana can cause tolerance, chemical dependency and addiction.

Help Quitting Marijuana

Admitting that you have less control over your drug use is tough, but, as soon as you acknowledge that you cannot quit on your own, then you open the door for recovery. If you are no longer in control of your marijuana use and want to get clean, we can help. Our toll-free, 24 hour helpline staffs admissions coordinators who can answer your questions and connect you with the treatment program that is right for your needs. Life is too short to waste on drug abuse, so get help today.