Addressing you one on one, let’s face it, we both have a reason to be here in the presence of this website. The fact that we are entertaining this article entrenches that meaning even deeper, but on a narrower scope. The main problem is one of the following most probably:
- Weed addiction has affected us personally or someone very close directly.
- We are very concerned citizens that just loves going against the general rules. Eh, maybe.
- We have a problem we aren’t yet ready to openly admit to ourselves or anyone else, we’re just testing the water.
At this point in the game, reasons don’t matter. The purposes gained from recrimination and judgement are not allowed through the gate at this domain.
It is proven that recreational weed use is the favored past time for socialization. In fact, globally it is the most accepted social drug across the board if you don’t count tobacco, caffeine and alcohol. The approval rating for weed here at home is higher than what is extended for caffeine, even though it has found a new foothold with the energy drinks widely available.
Weed use isn’t a new concept, it has been around for years with documented dates that predate B.C. recordings. We have well documented facts of its existence here since the 1930’s. Yet, here we stand at the gateway of a new epidemic for the world, especially our younger generations. Marijuana addiction is very real, although there are some exacerbating factors that are keeping that veiled from its full acknowledgement to the public.
1. Acknowledgement of Marijuana Addiction:
In the instance of weed addictions, the numbers often get thrown off because of addicts that are earnestly seeking help. Many treatment programs do not acknowledge the condition, therefore in order to gain enough viability to get accepted into a program they must claim their addiction as a source of another level. In return of the treatments that don’t acknowledge the condition, nor is there the correct script laid out for treatments to be effective and the funding is not supplied because of their inability or unwillingness to diagnose.
Marijuana withdrawal is also very real whether people want to admit it. It may not be as hard on you as many other drugs but it sure makes a scene when you stop smoking weed. It can vary from loss of appetite to losing hours of sleep. With all this said, it is only a temporary withdrawal that only lasts about a week. You will also notice a drop in dopamine and serotonin levels for a short period of time.
2. Social Indifference:
Since the 1930’s through the 1990’s the American public has had the demoralizing effects of weed use shoved down their throats by legislators. Then in a total turn around those accounts were retracted and legal marijuana swooped in. These are counter moves that keeps unbalanced on a social scale and make us, as a nation, wonder if our voices are ever heard as individuals.
On-top-of that most Americans still believe in the ethical practice of governing what was instilled at the birth of our country. As a general rule, we find it easier to follow whatever the status-quo is and not to oppose the powers that be. With that being said, the following seems to be that if the government says that weed is alright, then let’s do it.
Now, as never before, we have the medical proof of marijuana under our noses, but is the publicity that is needed to make it convincing enough being applied. As journalists, we might run upon these type of articles but what about the common public? Beyond that if they do run across the right article, is it written to appeal to them or was it written to draw in the medical community? If it was aimed to entertain the medical community, then by no means will it appeal to John Q.
The other side of biology is the addict gene that can make one person more susceptible to become addicted more so than the next. The only problem there is, without the ability to identify that in advance, all the hindsight in the world isn’t going to change anything. Besides, who wants to admit that they have a genetic flaw that will or could, place them on a social scale with less regard than farm animals. Weed may be accepted by all levels of society, but addiction sure isn’t.
This particular genre of research started out simply enough as a means to grow hemp crops that were stronger for industrial purposes. Then along came legal marijuana and the race in weed derived from GMO’s has been on ever since.
As the market opens up so does the need for a better product, bigger crops, shorter gestation, and less investment. We may not be privy to the means being used for getting all this, but we are being over exposed to the results. The average strain of weed has an increased level of THC ratio than anything we encountered before. This increase is reaching a rated scale of about 150% and climbing steadily as the result of the genetic manipulations being visited throughout the whole scale of marijuana agriculture.
5. Distribution Manipulation:
In the endeavor to keep returns on the investments applied to the scientific endeavor, there has to be a market interested in the product. How is this being generated? Well, unfortunately it isn’t just the word of mouth referrals of yester-year. Along with the legalization of weed, the need for censorship was over looked. That lack of monitoring efforts has open up to distribution tactics that mimic the moves from big tobacco that was revealed. Not in the effort to step you up in the degeneration of your addiction, but in order to generate the conditions that will drive your return, there are addictive additives being added to weed at the processing and distribution levels.
Benefits to Quitting Weed
Everything has it’s pros and cons but it definitely pays off and has benefits to quitting weed. We don’t only mean that in the financial way either but it helps you break the strings that attach to you everywhere you go. No more having the feeling of wanting to smoke weed or having that desire to crave marijuana all the time, no matter where you are.
1). Marijuana the most commonly abused drug in the United States
2). Yolo County: Part of Seed to Weed Tracking Pilot Program for Marijuana in California