EWING, N.J. (PRWEB) September 03, 2020
While 33 states have legalized marijuana for medical uses and 11 have done so for recreational purposes, research has lagged behind the public's interest. This has resulted in numerous myths about cannabis on both sides, including myths about its addictive potential and its possible benefits.
Marijuana research has not kept pace with the public's interest. People who have financial or political interests in cannabis tend to spread myths to benefit their positions. People who are pro-cannabis argue that it is harmless, non-addictive, and offers numerous health benefits. In contrast, people who are against it argue that it is just as addictive as fentanyl and provides no benefits. Both positions are not backed up by current scientific knowledge.
While most people do not become addicted to cannabis, it is still addictive for some people. It is not as addictive as alcohol or opioids, but when people use it to the point that it interferes with their careers and daily lives, they have developed addictions. Thinking that it is not addictive simply because it is less addictive than alcohol or opioids is problematic. Young people who regularly use cannabis may experience cognitive problems and decline IQ scores of up to eight points over time. Heavy users may also experience increased anxiety and worsened anxiety. However, these harms typically occur in people who use cannabis daily and are less concerned for occasional users.
Another myth is about the medical benefits of cannabis. Pro-cannabis people argue that cannabis can help treat many more conditions than it genuinely does, while cannabis opponents argue that it has no benefits. Cannabis users might claim that cannabis helps to treat a broad range of conditions. However, research has demonstrated that it is effective for a limited number of conditions, including epilepsy, chemotherapy-related vomiting and nausea, muscle spasticity from multiple sclerosis, appetite stimulation, and neuropathic or chronic pain conditions. By contrast, anti-cannabis people argue that the drug offers no medical benefits, which is also not borne up by research.
While cannabis and cannabinoids offer some medical benefits, smoking or ingesting cannabis does not allow users to understand how much they are getting. Unlike medications, the amounts contained in cannabis products are not carefully controlled. More research is needed to understand its therapeutic benefits. However, funding for research is lacking. While most states have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, it remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. This means that it is still federally illegal, which presents problems for pharmaceutical and medical researchers. Addiction-Treatment-Services believes that it should be removed from Schedule I since that designation is meant for drugs that offer no medical benefits. Understanding that cannabis does have an addictive potential is important for the public. People who develop substance use disorders might recover with treatment.
Addiction-Treatment-Services offer comprehensive substance abuse services, including marijuana addiction. They focus on helping people with addictions and mental health problems to recover by providing services at multiple levels, including detox, partial hospitalization, inpatient residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient therapy services. They accept numerous types of insurance and have treatment centers located in multiple states.