CASAColumbia's analysis indicates that inteens admitted to treatment were diagnosed with addiction involving marijuana far more frequently than other substances. CASAColumbia takes the position that because of the risks of adolescent marijuana, use lawmakers and the public in general should take a dim view of legalization efforts. Like many opponents of marijuana legalization, CASAColumbia thinks legalization, whether for medical or recreational purposes, will make this pot more available to youths.
For Quintin Pohl and countless teenagers before him, smoking pot was a rite of passage. It was a diversion from the loneliness he felt at home when his parents were splitting up and a salve for middle-school angst. It was his entire social life in seventh and eighth grades, when social life is everything.
But research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that childhood marijuana use can affect learning ability, attention, memory, coordination, balance, judgment, and decision-making. While it may not be as problematic for adult use as once believed, there are still plenty of good reasons to discourage pot smoking in teenagers other than the fact that in most states, it's still illegal. It would be nice if there was one clear reason that children and young teenagers begin using marijuanabut there are actually many reasons teens choose to begin smoking weed.
Contrary to common belief, marijuana is addictive. Estimates from research suggest that about 9 percent of users become addicted to marijuana; this number increases among those who start young to about 17 percent, or 1 in 6 and among daily users to 25—50 percent. Long-term marijuana users who try to quit report withdrawal symptoms including irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and drug craving, all of which can make it difficult to stay off the drug. Behavioral interventions, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Contingency Management providing tangible incentives to patients who remain drug-free have proven to be effective in treating marijuana addiction see descriptions of these treatments.
Welcome to The Buzz —Center on Addiction's online conversation about addiction and substance use. One of the most pervasive myths about marijuana is that it is relatively harmless. Many believe that adolescents can smoke marijuana and not become addicted to it.
Marijuana is a shredded, green-brown mix of dried flowers, stems, and leaves from the plant Cannabis sativa. A stronger form of marijuana, called hashish hashlooks like brown or black cakes or balls. The amount of THC the active ingredient in marijuana and marijuana products has increased greatly over the years.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to cannabis or other drugs, help is available. Contrary to popular belief, people can become addicted to cannabis. Continued, frequent and heavy cannabis use can cause physical dependency and addiction.
We are available 7 days a week to help answer any questions. Call Marijuana has become increasingly common and accessible over the past decade, especially with the widespread legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states. For parents, determining if their son or daughter is addicted to marijuana, dependent on marijuana, or in need of counseling for marijuana can be extremely difficult and frustrating.
Some teens like year-old Jynessa, who didn't want her last name used to protect her identity, are struggling with marijuana addiction. Even at the start of a recent interview, Jynessa, a senior at Adams City High, felt the craving for marijuana. I can feel it.
Marijuana continues to be the most widely abused illicit drug. The increased state-level legality of marijuana may be promoting perceptions of lower risks and higher benefits among high school students. Should these upward trends in use continue, our country will almost certainly begin to see higher numbers of people negatively impacted by marijuana use and abuse. People that require assistance in managing their use or ending use of marijuana completely have a number of effective treatment options.