Marijuana, gaining legal status and popularity throughout the United States, is a highly addictive substance. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as many as 30% of people who use marijuana may be addicted. Moreover, if a person starts using marijuana before they turn 18, they are four to seven times more likely to become addicted. Contrary to popular belief, marijuana does produce withdrawal symptoms. People who abruptly quit using marijuana report symptoms like irritability, sleeping difficulties, restlessness, and other related symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms begin within one week and can last up to two weeks, whereas with other substances, such as opioids, symptoms typically start within a few days of the last dose.
One of the reasons that marijuana addiction has increased in recent years is because of its rising potency. In the early 1990s, the THC level of marijuana in confiscated samples averaged about 3.7%. Samples confiscated in recent years now contains more than 50% THC, according to Forbes Magazine. Many people with marijuana addiction may notice a negative impact on their job performance, familial and societal relationships, and at school.
Marijuana addiction is also likely to precede addiction to other substances, hence its popular labeling as a "gateway drug." The National Institute on Drug Abuse has suggested that people who used marijuana were more likely to develop an alcohol addiction or exacerbate a current alcohol addiction. Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is an addictive drug that does have negative consequences.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana use can have harmful long-term cognitive effects. In a study, it was found that long-term marijuana use was associated with a drop in 8 IQ points between the ages of 13 and 38. Marijuana also can complicate pregnancies, cause breathing problems, and Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome, which can sometimes require hospitalization.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse also reports on the life problems that marijuana use can cause for regular users. These can include:
- Poor life satisfaction
- Lack of performance at work or school
- Degradation of physical health
- Relationship problems.
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