Marijuana Update: Legalization Support and Teen Use Trending Up

From board rooms to family rooms, marijuana legalization continues to be a hot topic due largely to rapidly changing attitudes toward marijuana in the United States. According to a new 2015 Gallup Poll, the majority of Americans (58%) say marijuana use should be legal.

Young Americans have always shown the most support of any age group for making marijuana legal, but this number has grown form 20% in 1969 to 71% currently.

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Marijuana Legalization Support Trending Up: Young Americans have always shown the most support of any age group for making marijuana legal, but this number has grown from 20% in 1969 to 71% currently.

According to a new 2015 Gallup Poll, the majority of Americans (58%) say marijuana use should be legal.

To counter the hype, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers continue to carry out a marijuana awareness effort to educate affiliated professionals, as well as consumers, on why it’s important not to minimize the effects of marijuana use. With marijuana in the headlines nearly every day, it is important to separate the fact from the myths of this extremely popular drug.

Interested in learning how marijuana use impacts brain function and can lead to addiction? Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers recently published a free guide available for download at RecoverGateway.org/MarijuanaFacts.

Teen Use Trending Up

Marijuana use continues to exceed cigarette use among high school seniors. In 2015, 21.3% of high schools seniors used marijuana in the past 30 days compared with 11.4% who smoked cigarettes. In 2015, for the first time, daily cigarette use was lower than daily marijuana use. Moreover, 79.5% of high school seniors say it is easy to get marijuana.

Treatment for Marijuana Use
At Gateway Treatment Centers, we offer customized treatment plans for people who abuse marijuana as well as alcohol and other drugs. Our highly qualified substance abuse specialists provide the counseling and skills people need to help rebuild positive connections, improve relationships and identify the triggers that lead to excessive, extended use of a drug like marijuana.

If you know someone that you think may be struggling with marijuana use, visit RecoverGateway.org to access free information on prevention and treatment options in Swansea, Illinois. For a free, confidential consultation call our 24/7 helpline at 877-505-HOPE (4673). With more than 45 years of experience treating teens and adults, Gateway is here to help.

Marijuana: Not As Harmless As You Think

marijuana factsRecently marijuana has been approved for medical use in more than 20 states and its recreational use has even been legalized in Colorado and Washington. Although attitudes seem to be changing about whether or not marijuana is legal, the fact remains marijuana use is associated with health and developmental risks for both adults and teens.

Marijuana is particularly harmful to the still developing brains of young people. It is connected to changes in adolescent brain development resulting in learning, memory problems and IQ loss.

  • Smoking marijuana can damage the brain of a developing embryo as early as two weeks after conception.
  • Marijuana smoke contains 50-70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke.
  • Marijuana use increases the risk of psychosis.
  • Marijuana use may cause bronchitis and lung complications.
  • There is a possibility that street marijuana is laced with other dangerous substances, such as: cocaine, crack, PCP or even embalming fluid.

Marijuana Fast Facts

  • Also referred to as pot, weed, herb, Mary Jane, bud, grass and reefer, marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems and flowers of the hemp plant called Cannabis sativa.
  • Marijuana’s active ingredient is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
  • Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in America with 17.4 million past-month users and used by 76.8% of current illicit drug users. (NSDUH)
  • New growing and harvesting techniques produce marijuana that is about 275% more potent than it was just 10 years ago.

  • Limited evidence suggests that a user’s risk of heart attack more than quadruples in the first hour after smoking marijuana.

 

For more information on the effects of Marijuana use visit RecoverGateway.org/Marijuana.

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