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“Marijuana is highly addictive. Long-term marijuana users experience physical dependence and withdrawal, and often need professional drug treatment to break their marijuana habits”, says the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Which is a myth and one example of the lies told about marijuana that make it look so bad. Most people who smoke marijuana smoke it only occasionally.
A small minority of Americans, less than one percent smoke marijuana on a daily basis. An even smaller minority develop dependence on marijuana. Some people who smoke marijuana heavily and frequently stop without difficulty. Others seek help from drug treatment professionals. Marijuana does not cause physical dependence.
If people experience withdrawal symptoms at all, they are remarkably mild. Another myth that has been told is “Marijuana’s harms have been proved scientifically. In the 1960s and 1970s, many people believed that marijuana is harmless. Today we know that marijuana is much more dangerous that previously believed.”—New York Times. But it is a fact That in 1972, after reviewing the scientific evidence, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse concluded that while marijuana was not entirely safe, its dangers have been grossly overstated. Since then, researchers have conducted thousands of studies of humans, animals, and cell cultures.
None reveal any findings dramatically different from those described by the National Commission in1972. In 1995, based on research, editors of the British medical journal Lancet concluded that “the smoking of cannabis (marijuana), even long term, is not harmful to health”.Marijuana is not medicine—California Narcotic Officers’ Association.
Medical marijuana has gotten a lot of attention and caused lots of controversy. “There is no evidence to prove marijuana’s use in chemotherapy. There are numerous alternative drugs that obviate the need to even pursue research on the subject”.—Drug Enforcement Administration.
Is another example of one of the myths that are spread about marijuana. In 1995, The Journal of Addictive Diseases printed another myth saying “Marijuana has no medical value. Safer, more effective drugs are available, including a synthetic version of THC, marijuana’s primary active ingredient, which is marketed in the United States under the name Marinol”. But it is a known fact that marijuana has been shown to be effective in reducing nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy, stimulating appetite in AIDS patients, and reducing intraocular pressure in people with gluacoma. There is also appreciable evidence that marijuana reduces muscle spasticity in patients with neurological disorders. A synthetic THC capsule is available by prescription, but it is not as effective as smoked marijuana for many patients.
Pure THC may also produce more unpleasant psychoactive side effects than smoked marijuana. Many people use marijuana as a medicine today, despite its illegality. In doing so they risk arrest and imprisonment. Which says that marijuana should be closely looked into if people who are sick are taking it as medicine but taking a risk of going to jail for it.“Marijuana is a gateway drug. Even if marijuana itself causes minimal harm, it is a dangerous substance because it leads to the use of harder drugs like heroin, LSD, and cocaine.”“Children who have used marijuana are 85 times likelier to use cocaine than children who have not used marijuana”—Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse.
Those two quotes are ones of many said about marijuana. Marijuana does not cause people to use hard drugs. What the gateway theory presents as a casual explanation is a statistical association between common and uncommon drugs, an association that changes over time as different drugs increase and decrease in prevalence. Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug in the United States today. Therefore, people who have used less popular drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and LSD, are likely to have used marijuana.
Most marijuana users never use any other illegal drug. Indeed, for the large majority of people, marijuana is a terminus rather than a gateway drug.Bibliography: