The legalization of Cannabis sativa also known as marijuana is controversial as its fundamental role throughout communities fluctuate. In many cases it is a substance implemented for psychoactive drugs and medications. This plant contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other chemically related compounds that cause long and short-term effects to the brain. Within the first 30- 60 minutes of THC into the bloodstream, specific brain cell receptors are over-activated, which leads to altered senses, changes in mood, impaired body movement, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and or impaired memory. Continual use of marijuana also affects brain development, breathing, and child development during and after pregnancy.
Columbia University’s Mailman school of Public Health (CUMPH) reveals to us that marijuana smokers are 5 times more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD). This argument is supported by analyzed data from 27,461 adults enrolled in the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions who were first marijuana smokers before becoming alcohol use dependent. Their assessment shows that “adults who had used marijuana at the first assessment and again over the following three years (23 percent) were five times more likely to develop an alcohol use problem, compared with those who had not used marijuana (5 percent)”. CUMPH recommends further research dedicated to understanding the relationships between marijuana and alcohol. Will further research impact the legalization of marijuana for remaining states? Of course it will! Who would support a drug that further perpetuates the addiction of another substance?
Posted by Donisha White