In light of marijuana’s evolving legal status, scientists at the National Institutes of Health have begun to advocate for public education regarding the drug’s potential dangers. Marijuana use is not harmless, their new study finds: In the past year, nearly six million people (2.5 percent of adults) experienced marijuana use disorder — considered a type of drug dependence or abuse.
Symptoms include cravings, developing a tolerance, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms, including inability to sleep, nervousness, anger, or depression, within a week of stopping heavy use. According to the NIH scientists, since many people use alcohol and marijuana together, more research is also needed to understand the effects of combined use.
The researchers interviewed more than 36,000 American adults about how they use alcohol and drugs and also discussed related psychiatric conditions. They discovered that marijuana use disorder is common, with 6.3 percent of adults acquiring a dependence on the drug at some point in their lives. Mostly, it goes untreated. Click to read more....