What Measures Have Been Taken to Reduce Marijuana Abuse?

What Measures Have Been Taken to Reduce Marijuana Abuse?

Marijuana is the dried flowers, leaves and seeds of the Indian hemp plant. It is typically smoked as a cigarette, but it can also be baked into food, brewed into a tea or smoked in a pipe. Marijuana addiction is different than other types of addiction in that the users do not become physically dependent upon the drug, but they can easily become emotionally and psychologically dependent upon the feelings the drug produces.

Marijuana users can develop a tolerance to the drug, which means they will need more of it to produce the same results. This fact often leads users to experiment with other drugs once marijuana on its own no longer satisfies cravings for relief. Unfortunately, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 9 percent of people who abuse marijuana become dependent upon the drug, and people who started using the drug at a young age see a significant increase in the use of other drugs as they become adults. In other words, this drug is dangerous despite the legalization it has recently attained in some states; get help to quit using it before it devastates your life.

Medical Marijuana

Many states have now legalized marijuana for medical use. The drug can greatly help cancer patients, because the drug treats the pain and nausea of both the disease and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, this medical use presents a unique problem for parents, teachers and other adults of influence, because they must help young people understand that marijuana is still harmful and illegal for other types of use. It destroys brain cells and increases the risk of addiction to harder, more dangerous drugs down the line.

The Right Marijuana Message

Because the consequences of abusing this substance are high, it is important to send the right message to teens about marijuana. Schools, parents and places of worship are all responsible for talking to teens about the dangers of drug use. Alcohol and marijuana, although legal at certain ages and for particular situations, must still be regarded as highly addictive and dangerous substances. Increased drug awareness education in schools (as well as from role models and in the media) is needed to keep marijuana out of the hands of those who are too young to make good decisions about using it.

Find Help for Marijuana Abuse

If you or a loved one abuses marijuana and wants help quitting, we are here to help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options. You can recover if you have the right help.