Marijuana use doubles, so does addiction, study says
The number of Americans using Marijuana has greater than doubled since 2001, a brand new look at pot discovered. Posted Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, the report states that basically 10% of adults across the nation inhaled or ingested Marijuana in 2013. That compares with 4% in 2001. The percentage of people reporting dependence or abuse of marijuana also doubled, from 1.5% in 2001 to virtually 3 percent in 2013. Among people surveyed, the study discovered that three out of 10 individuals or nearly 7 million Americans have abuse or addiction difficulty.
"While many in the United States think prohibition of recreational marijuana should be ended, this study and others suggest caution and the need for public education about the potential harms in marijuana use, including the risk for addiction," the report said.
A total of 23 states now have clinical Marijuana laws. Four states; Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska, allow leisure use. Polls display that greater numbers of American citizens choose legalization and that few see marijuana as harmful, the document said.
However, collected date has proven that consumption or early use of marijuana is linked to a number of effects, including cognitive decline, psychosocial impairments, automobile crashes, and emergency department visits, to name a few, the study reports.
The study in compares face-to-face interviews of more than 40,000 adults in 2001 with a similar survey of greater than 36,000 adults in 2013.
The biggest increase in abuse and dependence issues was discovered amongst people middle aged or older, women, Blacks, Hispanics and Americans residing in the South.
The study reported that many Americans who use marijuana don't become addicted, just like with alcohol. However with a 30% probability of abuse or dependence, the number of Americans affected by dependancy complications with marijuana is probably going to keep going up with increased access to marijuana, the report says.