Marijuana Addiction Questions
One of the very frequent marijuana addiction questions we get is:
Is Marijuana Harmful?
The story below answers that very common question.
Pot is Harmless…Guess
By Ned Wicker
The article by
Stephen Adams in a recent edition of The Telegraph really got my attention, as
it speaks directly and precisely to a question that people have debated for a
long time, that being “Is marijuana harmful?” People will go to the mat for
this one, and regardless of which side of the issue you are on, the facts are
largely irrelevant because people are going to believe what they want to
This study was
conducted on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, at King’s College London in the UK and at Duke
University in the U.S. The article reads, “Professor Terrie
Moffitt, of KCL’s Institute
of Psychiatry, who
contributed to the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences, said “persistent users” who started as teenagers suffered
a drop of eight IQ points at the age of 38, compared to when they were
IQ does decline with
The study centered on people who started using cannabis when
they were teenagers, because it showed that group had a marked decline in IQ as
opposed to those who began their cannabis use as a young adult.
Marijuana is HARMFUL
to young not fully developed brains
The developing brain of an adolescent is the major
difference when examining the impact of cannabis, alcohol or other drugs on the
individual. So, when someone starts as
a teenager and continues to use in the years ahead, they are more likely to be
impacted than an individual who starts later in life. Sadly, stopping didn’t help to fully reverse
the damage, so it seems that persistent use takes its permanent toll.
shown that IQ is a strong determinant of a person’s access to a college
education, their lifelong total income, their access to a good job, their
performance on the job, their tendency to develop heart disease, Alzheimer’s
disease, and even early death,” KCL Institute of Psychiatry Professor Terrie
Moffitt said in the article.
“Individuals who lose eight IQ points in their teens and 20s may be
disadvantaged, relative to their same-age peers, in most of the important aspects
of life and for years to come.”
teenage brain is more vulnerable to damage than the adult brain, which is why
smoking pot is not an innocent teenage activity, and despite the fact that
millions of parents may have smoked in college or had experience with marijuana
and suffered no ill effects, that does not mean they can turn a blind eye on
their child’s use of the drug.
The article also cited another interesting tidbit that more
high school students in the U.S.
have used marijuana than have used tobacco, according to the Monitoring the
Future study from the University
of Michigan. That’s a new fact this year and it raises a
concern because some people believe marijuana is a safe alternative to tobacco.
Marijuana is now MUCH
The use of
marijuana is concerning for another reason.
The drug has changed over the years, as the pot smoked at “Woodstock” was not nearly
as potent as the marijuana on the streets today. Glorified in the movies, glamorized on
television and largely ignored by a majority of people, marijuana is a
dangerous drug, a gateway to other drugs, and a societal problem. It isn’t innocent. Smoking it is not a “rite of passage” for
high school students, or residents of college dormitories.
Public need to get
educated about the truth about Marijuana
Over the years
the tobacco industry has taken a huge hit because of its steadfast arrogance in
stating before God, Congress and the American people that tobacco was not
addictive. Industry executives foolishly
lied to congressional leaders in response to their beliefs on the subject, all
sounding like robots. “I do not
believe…” their statements began.
We need to understand
marijuana as we now understand smoking
The industry’s own research made them out to be bare-faced
liars, but there much profits was there to be had, so it’s hard to not ride
that dead horse all the way to the end of the line. They looked like idiots,
but I am sure they all got their bonuses.
The public became “educated” which in America means they get the idea
that they can sue to tobacco companies.
But now it is an
accepted fact that tobacco use is harmful.
The argument moves from tobacco to marijuana in this country. We have new, creative arguments, such as the
defense of “medical marijuana,” as if no other remedy known to man is of any
value other than a patient’s “right” to smoke pot. Creative, yes, but also very dangerous.
Reduced IQ in kids is
The idea of marijuana reducing IQ is scary. Eight points is significant. The whole thought of having a drug
permanently dulling the intellect is not comforting, and if you’re a parent
whose child is engaging in that activity, the facts are alarming. Marijuana is not harmless. It is addictive, and now we know that it can
cause permanent damage to the IQ.
Young people are not going to pay any attention to these answers to marijuana addiction questions,
because any long-term negative side-effect will never happen to them. They are invincible and will live
forever. Parents and others must do the
thinking for them and take leadership roles.
Americans have slugged their way through
arguments about alcohol and tobacco. The
next battleground, marijuana, is going to be an interesting debate.
Marijuana addiction questions are often asked but for some reason, like tobacco, people resist what the research is show us, Marijuana is HARMFUL especially for teens and their brain’s development.
Another one of the marijuana addiction questions we get is whether or not you can become addicted to marijuana, many believe that pot is not addictive. They are wrong! Marijuana is addictive to 10% of the people who use it. That is according to the research done by the University of Texas at their addiction center Many people don’t want to belief this either.
Marijuana is harmful and addictive those are the facts and the answers to the most common Marijuana Addiction Questions.