Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the world, according to the World Health Organization. In recent years, marijuana use has significantly increased as the drug has become legalized and medicalized in states and countries around the globe. Marijuana is not advertised or spoken about without fair warning of negative side effects. Cannabis use disorder is a legitimate diagnosis for those who chronically use the drug despite evidence of negative consequences. Since marijuana is not known, to date, to have caused an overdose, the negative side effects are often overlooked. However, marijuana has been revealed to cause developmental problems in young people and cognitive impairment in adults. Additionally, marijuana can cause chemical dependency, which will result in symptoms of withdrawal when use of the drug stops. Some studies have exposed that regular use of marijuana can make the brain prone to developing various psychological and psychiatric disorders.
BigThink reports that the first evidence of marijuana’s long term negative effects has to do with Alzheimer’s. Chronic use of marijuana may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, new research has found. “This is because it restricts blood flow to the regions ofthe brain where the condition takes root.” While some argue marijuana is non-toxic and not addictive, research finds that nine percent of those who use marijuana become addicted to it.
Signs Of Problematic Marijuana Use
- Feeling any kind of need, rather than desire, to use marijuana or be high on marijuana
- Spending most or many hours of the day high on marijuana
- Dedicating time, energy, and finances to the use of marijuana
- Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal including irritability and restlessness without using the substance
- Disruption in sleep, eating, concentration, focus, or emotional stability without using marijuana
- Developing psychological distress in the form of depression, anxiety, panic, or paranoia
- Ongoing symptoms of hallucinations and/or psychosis
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