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Addictions in Marijuana
East Central University
Marijuana has become such a popular topic. Many people don’t know they are addicted until it is too late. People become depend with using marijuana. This is important because this drug is being legalized all over the United States and we need to know if we should or not. Marijuana is a popular drug in the United States and it is continuing to grow and become more of an issue.
The history of marijuana goes way back to the ancient times. The Chinese used it a medicine in 2737 B.C. “The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified marijuana along with heroin and LSD as a Schedule I drug, i.e., having the relatively highest abuse potential and no accepted medical use” (Narconon, 2016) Beginning in 1982 the Drug Enforcement Administration turned increased attention to marijuana farms in the United States, and there was a shift to the indoor growing of plants specially developed for small size and high yield. After over a decade of decreasing use, marijuana smoking began an upward trend once more in the early 1990s, especially among teenagers.” (Narconon, 2016) It show that teens were the most using now and today it is the same thing because they are still using. It is important that we know where the history of marijuana came from so that maybe one day we can fix other problem
People that use marijuana today believe they need it to sleep. They think that it will help them rest better. The effects of marijuana on sleep in intermittent users may be similar, in part, to those of alcohol, where improvements in sleep continuity measures have been reported with intermittent use," the researchers wrote. But "daily use results in the worsening of sleep." (Boston Daily, 2016) The article shows that people are depending on it and keep using it because the swear it is helping them sleep better. Another article is showing that “study also found that heavy cannabis users have a lower body weight and a reduced body mass index (BMI), which could contribute to thinning of their bones”. (University of Edinburgh, 2016) “The researchers defined heavy users as those who reported smoking cannabis on 5000 or more occasions in their lifetime. In this study, however, the average heavy cannabis user had taken the drug more than 47,000 times. Moderate users had, on average, taken the drug about 1000 times.” (University of Edinburgh, 2016). From those two articles, it is clean that people are going to get addicted to
Cultural Considerations or Differences
The cultural consideration is that many people in the Indian cultural used it for medicine and that only. The thought that it was put here for a good use only. Not only the Indian but Chinese, Central Asia, India, and Africa. There different than we are now because they thought it was for a good purpose (Spicer 2002) . Now people consider it to be terribly bad and you can go to prison for life for doing it. In most cultures it they wanted to do something good by it by helping out their loved one so they could feel better.
Helping or Treatment Strategies
There are a lot of help and treatment strategies out there Several treatment options are available to overcome an addiction to marijuana. “Inpatient and outpatient recovery programs can involve medication, behavioral therapy, group and individual therapy and counseling services. These programs vary in time, level of supervision, types of therapy included, cost and commitment level” (Recovery, 2016) This information provided was wonderful for people who are trying to stop and get help with their problem.
Ethical Issues or Concerns
https://www.verywell.com/characteristics-of-marijuana-abuse-22297marijuana abuse and
https://www.verywell.com/characteristics-of-marijuana-addiction-22298marijuana addiction appear to overlap perhaps more than use, abuse and addiction in any other drug, not least because of the drug's current status in the minds of users as a relatively harmless drug. Because these beliefs are very pervasive among the marijuana-using population, it is rare for a user to admit to any problems or to move beyond the
https://www.verywell.com/the-stages-of-change-model-of-overcoming-addiction-21961pre-contemplation stage of change. If negative effects are experienced, the user will typically blame it on a "bad" batch of marijuana, arguing that it was probably cut with a harmful substance, rather than an effect of the drug itself, or a problem with their own patterns of use.” (Hartney 2016). There is a lot of different things being addressed about marijuana because it could help different things such as people and the government because we can tax it and make money off it. We just need to realize that it can be a big issue.
In conclusion, the information about marijuana has been very interesting. This history shows you where the marijuana came from and what its purpose was here. People using today can have a serious problem if they can take control of it. There are a lot of issue with marijuana and since that it is big thing now is the United States because one day it will become legal in all 50 states we need to be prepared. We need to know what is right and what is wrong. How much is enough and when is it need? Hopefully we grow more information and soon we can come up with a solution.
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University of Edinburgh. (2016, October 12). Cannabis excess linked to bone disease, fractures. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 16, 2016 from
DiNicolas Michelle PhD. (2016, October 12). Recovery.org How to find Marijuana Recovery.
Hartney, Elizabeth PhD. (2016, February 16) Marijuana Problems,
Spicer, Leah. (2002, April 02) HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL USES OF CANNABIS AND THE CANADIAN "MARIJUANA CLASH
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ADDICTIONS IN MARIJUANA 6, and Africa. There different than we are now because they thought it was for a good purpose (Spicer 2002) . Now people consider it to be terribly bad and you can go to prison for life for doing it. In most cultures it they wanted to do something good by it by helping out their loved one so they could feel better.
https://www.verywell.com/characteristics-of-marijuana-addiction-22298marijuana addiction appear to overlap perhaps more than use, abuse and addiction in any other drug, not least because of the drug's current status in the m