The number of US adults who are using marijuana has recently increased with over 100%, according to a new study culling information from two large reviews. In 2000, just 4% of Americans said that they used weed and that percentage increased to almost 10% by 2014, as shown by the results released in the US psychiatry publications.
Researchers also discovered that weed dependence or misuse increased during that period of time, likely due to the fact that the number of people using it has more than doubled. This trend in marijuana consumption came during approximately the same time when Americans’ opinions about legalizing this plant changed quite a lot, less than 30% of people in America were supporting the legalization of weed in 2000, while the majority preferred its legalization a couple of years ago, according to the research centers. Starting this year, some US states began legalizing small dosages of weed for adult leisure usage. The drug is now legally allowed in five states and medicinal weed is now lawful in more than 20 states, according to the US legislators.
Psychiatry experts said that they have been especially interested in monitoring marijuana usage, given all these changes in behavior and in legal rules. But it is still uncertain what is hiding behind the impressive increase in weed consumption. Specialists only revealed what occurred during time and now, but the factor that really has to be investigated is the reason why this happened. You might think that individuals in America are progressively seeing weed as a safe drug or rules are modified to fit current trends. But doctors do not really know many of its consequences until they do a good scientific research on what aspects are really having an impact on it.
Researchers examined two units of epidemiologic studies on alcohol and its related affections. In addition to weed use, members responded to other concerns that helped experts to figure out whether they also misused marijuana intake, like: did they keep using weed despite it resulting in problems with their loved ones, or physical and emotional problems? Or did they attempt and not succeed in cutting down the amount despite recurring efforts and did they continue to behave badly under influence? As the results have shown, use issues among participants were reduced just a little bit. About 30 percent of all marijuana users did exhibit a misuse or reliance problem, including roughly 6 million users in America.
Specialists said that it is essential to present this data in a healthy way, about the threats linked to weed use. While many users in the US believe that prohibition of weed should stop, this research and many others recommend caution and the necessity of community knowledge about the possible risks of marijuana use, such as the threat of severe addiction. As it happens with alcohol, people can use weed without becoming dependent. But, the obvious danger of marijuana use problems among individuals (around 25%) indicates that while the number of American users increases, so does the variety of those suffering from problems relevant to such usage.
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