By most accounts, marijuana is at the bottom of the list when it comes to dangerous drugs. Many states have even legalized the use of it. And this combined with the fact that it’s often depicted in movies and TV as a harmless substance means that most people don’t worry about it. But should you worry about it? Could it be a gateway drug to more serious illicit substances?
The Negative Effects of Marijuana
Researchers have found that marijuana impedes multiple mental functions in the user. It has negative effects on learning, attention, and memory. And it’s even possible for these effects to last for days and even weeks, which means that those who regularly use marijuana may be, to a degree, regularly mentally impaired.
Additionally, it has recently been discovered that marijuana can impede the development of a growing brain. And because the brain does not actually stop growing until your early 20s, this means that teens who use marijuana may have underdeveloped brains.
Is Marijuana Definitely a Gateway Drug?
Most people have heard of the theory that marijuana is a gateway drug. Certainly, some research suggests this.
Many of those who end up struggling seriously with drugs like heroin or cocaine start with marijuana. The reasons for this are twofold. First, biologically, several studies have suggested that those who have reacted positively to the THC in marijuana in the past tend to also show heightened responses to other drugs like morphine. In other words, marijuana is a gateway drug because individuals who smoke marijuana end up having an increased vulnerability for addiction in general.
The second reason for the correlation could be simply environmental. The “drug culture” that surrounds marijuana often coincides with the drug culture that involves alcohol and harder drugs. If you hang around people who smoke marijuana and engage in substance abuse, chances are, you’ll also encounter other, more dangerous drugs on a regular basis.
First Step Can Help
If you are using marijuana or have a son or daughter who is using this drug, you may be worried about the ramifications of this choice. And certainly, this feeling is not unwarranted. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about it.
At First Step medical detox, we help those who struggle with marijuana abuse to stop using this substance and live a sober lifestyle. We do this through our safe and effective marijuana detox program. The benefits of our services include:
- Detox with minimal withdrawal symptoms
- Experienced care from knowledgeable and skilled medical professionals
- Detox services for multiple drug addictions
- An individualized treatment program to meet your needs
- Effective detox that will prepare you well for addiction treatment
When you’re ready to use our detox programs, give us a call at 800-EASY-**** [800-***-****]. You don’t have to let drug addiction control your life. Today could be the first day of the rest of your drug-free life.