Marijuana Addiction – Facts & Myths
Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between myths and facts about Marijuana. That is because just like anything else so many people have heard these comments or suggestions and passed them along as true. The more something circulates through society, the more believable it becomes even when it is incorrect. The purpose of this article is to dispel the top myths about Marijuana use. Read on for more information:
Myth #1: Marijuana causes permanent mental damage
While it is true that Marijuana use can alter a person’s thought process and judgment, it does not cause permanent mental illness. Research has shown that large quantity or more potent Marijuana can cause a temporary psychosis, extreme anxiety and paranoia, but the results are temporary. This is fairly uncommon and is generally in large doses or when the Marijuana is eaten instead of smoked. Marijuana can however lead to poor judgment that may result in negative life time changes.
Myth #2: You can’t get hooked on pot
Marijuana is addictive; however it is not highly addictive. Much of the dependence comes from a psychological crutch. Most people that smoke Marijuana only do so occasionally and can stop using. Others that smoke more frequently may require the help of a trained professional depending on how dependent they have become on Marijuana. Dependence on Marijuana comes from repeated use and individuals do not become addicted by using it once or twice. Do not let pot fool you though because it is very possible to become addicted.
Myth #3: Marijuana is harmless
Marijuana is harmful because individuals can not only become addicted they also engage in other behaviors that can cause permanent problems. For example, when a person is under the influence of Marijuana they are twice as likely to engage in unprotected sexual behavior, make poor choices and even become physically aggressive. Repeated use also increases the chances of heart disease, cancer and other permanent health concerns.
Dispelling myths is important, but individuals, parents and society also need to know the cold hard facts about Marijuana usage. It can lead to problems lasting much longer than adolescence. Here are some facts that you and your loved ones should know!
Fact #1: Five times more likely to have a heart attack
For up to one hour after smoking pot, the user is five times more likely to have a heart attack. This is because of the high concentration of chemicals and also the effect on the heart and blood pressure.
Fact #2: Higher risk of cancer
Because Marijuana contains over 400 chemicals and is twice as potent as a cigarette the risk of cancer doubles. Lung tissue is destroyed faster when smoking Marijuana leading to a higher risk of cancer and other breathing related diseases.
Fact #3: Marijuana is the #1 used illegal drug and many believe that it is harmless
Marijuana is harmful and because it is the most commonly used illegal drug it is a real concern to society. No research has ever shown that smoking or eating Marijuana is safe for any purpose. Over time the body can suffer the effects of Marijuana through the lungs, kidneys, heart and reproductive system.
Taking the time to know the facts is the most important step in stopping the habit or helping someone quit. Society needs to understand that Marijuana is not a harmless drug that the law is keeping from them for fun. It causes accidents, health concerns and a general lack of concern for others. It is a true concern for the public and the best way to win the war is educating others.