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Surprising Dangers of Marijuana

Marijuana is generally considered a non-addictive and harmless drugs. However, there are surprising dangers associated with marijuana use. Marijuana can have very serious effects on both mental and physical health, and although it does not cause physical addiction in the same sense as other drugs, the psychological dependence can be difficult to overcome.

Early marijuana use can negatively affect the developing brain. The National Institute on Drug Abuse cites a study from New Zealand conducted in part by Duke University that “showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing marijuana use disorder lost an average of 8 IQ points between ages 13 and 38. The lost mental abilities didn’t fully return in those who quit marijuana as adults. Those who started smoking marijuana as adults didn’t show notable IQ declines.” The growing number of negative consequences of marijuana use on the brain are due in part to the growing levels of THC in marijuana. While marijuana may have been less harmful in the past, current high levels of THC in marijuana may be responsible for a rise in emergency room visits and addiction.

The effects of chronic marijuana use on mental health have shown mixed findings. According to the NIDA, chronic marijuana use can cause temporary hallucination, temporary paranoia, and worsening symptoms of other mental disorders, such as schizophrenia. Additionally, marijuana use has been linked with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Even though studies show mixed results about the mental and physical health consequences of marijuana use, people who frequently use large amounts of marijuana report having lower life satisfaction, poorer mental health, poorer physical health, more relationship problems, less academic and career success, and more job accidents, absences, and injuries.

Proponents of marijuana use often cite the benefits of the drug on certain health problems. These findings are true, but the way that marijuana acts on the brain of someone suffering from addiction is different from those who do not suffer from addiction. Any substance that is mind or mood-altering has the potential to cause an individual with addiction problems to become powerless over the substance and lose manageability over their life. While marijuana may be helpful to chemotherapy patients and others with medical problems, for those suffering from addiction, it can easily lead to major consequences.

Your life doesn’t have to be controlled by addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future, free from mind and mood-altering substances. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addiction specialists, spiritual guides, and holistic experts to help you develop all the tools necessary to overcome addiction and lead a full and happy life in sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431