Marijuana usage has increased in the United States as people show little to no concern for the consequences of smoking this drug.
Marijuana use has skyrocketed in the US. One of the main reasons for this is that the common people do not perceive the drug as a danger to their health.
The image of marijuana as a destroyer of the brain that was extant in the past has changes considerably thanks to the magician known as time. Nowadays, it is being termed a harmless and benign drug. In fact, it is said to be a soft-core drug with minimal side effects.
The study that took place was published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry.
Clearly more information about the hazards associated with marijuana usage needs to be disseminated among the general public. Several reports have shown that marijuana use is spreading throughout the Land of Opportunity.
The mid-2000s was the time period when the whole attitude shift began towards marijuana use. Also the practical use of marijuana became a fact during this era.
In the study, the researchers looked at the data available between 2002 and 2014. Nearly 600,000 adults were examined by the experts.
The prison population and homeless derelicts were excluded from the study. In 2002 alone, 10.4% of those surveyed reported using marijuana a year before the study.
By the time 2014 arrived, the number of users had increased to 13.4%. First-time users had also increased from 0.7% to 1.1% over the dozen or so years during which the study took place.
The daily users rose from roughly 1.9% to 3.5% over the same time frame. Those who used marijuana all days of the week except over the weekend rose from 3.9 million in 2002 to 8.4 million in 2014.
Also the previous concerns regarding smoking marijuana dropped considerably over the years. A liberal response seemed to reign supreme throughout the US of A.
The risk-apprehensive lot decreased from 50.4% in 2002 to 33.3% in 2014. The only problem is that heavy usage of marijuana during the teenage years was associated with several deleterious outcomes later on down the road.
These included: joblessness, a tendency to ab(use) more hard drugs and suicide-prone behavior. Nevertheless, more research needs to be carried out on this front before we go jumping to conclusions.
By the year 2007, 12 states had legalized marijuana usage. The use of marijuana did lead to a dependence upon the drug.
Furthermore, the drug caused problems among males, who were young, were less educated and depressed to boot. Previous substance abuse among the users was another risk factor.