There's a lot of controversy today regarding marijuana use for medical purposes and whether or not smoking pot is addictive. Many people have sought help though because they realized they were addicted to marijuana and were unable to stop on their own and described the withdrawal symptoms they experienced when they tried to stop. Studies do show that long term use of marijuana can lead to addiction and that around 9% of the people that use pot become addicted.
There are continuous studies and research being done on marijuana and other drugs of abuse because substance abuse and chemical dependency is so widespread. We need to continue to learn as much as we can about the long and short term effects substance abuse has on a person mentally, emotionally and physically. There are so many people today using drugs like marijuana recreationally and many of them are heavy frequent users who may soon be suffering from chronic marijuana addiction.
Due to research and studies that have been done we are able to give facts concerning the use of marijuana and other substances which is necessary in order to establish effective treatments for individuals seeking help for their substance use and addiction.
Marijuana Use Study Findings
We do know for sure that marijuana intoxication can distort a person's perceptions and awareness and impairs their coordination too. I've talked with some people who say that a small amount of marijuana when smoked helps them to relax and be able to focus and concentrate because they have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Studies show though, that marijuana can cause problems with concentration, thinking, and problem solving.
I don't know, possibly a lot has to do with a person's own unique personality, the frame of mind they're in at the time, and the extent of their marijuana use when it comes to dependency and some of the problems associated with use.
Marijuana is the most widely used drug today by teens, young and older adults and unfortunately a lot of young people start off with pot and move onto more dangerous drugs.
According to studies especially in young people, the use of marijuana can lead to increased depression, panic attacks, and anxiety. Marijuana intoxication is also a problem for people driving under the influence which is especially prevalent amongst young people according to another study. Marijuana can impair a person's driving performance and their reaction time which can be extremely dangerous.
Data was looked at in another study concerning shock trauma patients that ware involved in traffic accidents. 15% of the trauma patients that were hurt while driving a motorcycle or car "had been smoking marijuana, and another 17 percent had THC and alcohol in their blood".
Study Results Associated with Smoking Marijuana and Lung Damage
We all know how damaging tobacco smoke is to our health as well as second hand smoke that affects the people around us. I had always heard that smoking marijuana was equally damaging if not worse on our lungs no matter how often a person smoked pot. According to a study that was done though, it appears that if a person smokes a joint occasionally (like maybe once a week or so), it's not as damaging to the lungs as tobacco smoke is as far as long-term lung function loss.