As Marijuana Use Increases, So Does Addiction, Report

According to the Oregonian, a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, has found that marijuana use has more than doubled since 2001, with nearly 10 percent of adults across the country reporting marijuana use in 2013.

The percentage of people reporting dependence or abuse of marijuana also doubled, from 1.5 percent in 2001 to nearly 3 percent in 2013. Among marijuana users, the report found that 3 out of every 10 people, or nearly 7 million Americans, have a marijuana abuse or addiction problem.

The biggest increases in marijuana abuse and dependence was found among middle aged or older adults, women, African-Americans, Hispanics and people living in the southern U.S.

“While many in the United States think prohibition of recreational marijuana should be ended, this study and others suggest caution and the need for public education about the potential harms in marijuana use, including the risk for addiction,” the report stated.

The new report also noted that many people who use marijuana do not become addicted, but with a 30 percent chance of abuse or dependence, the number of people struggling from addiction to marijuana is likely to keep increasing as the number of marijuana users also increases, the report said.

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    Christopher J.

    November 16, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    When you say marijuana use disorder is that coming from the individual saying they have a problem or them fitting “certain standards” that the AMA or some “expert” defines a disorder. You have to take into consideration that most people that are “addicted to marijuana” in the eyes of the courts or rehabs suddenly realized that problem when it was an alternative to a drug sentence. I have been in a rehab where 90% of the residents were career criminals or repeat offenders who manipulated the city’s “efforts to treat addicts as victims” into what they called 3 cushy hots and a cot as opposed to a jail cell which they woul have been in longer. The time difference alone is reason enough for anyone addict or not to choose rehab over jail by saying “I have a problem with pot”. They found out rather quickly that was all they needed to say to be considered an addict in the eyes of the law.. and this trend seems to be a nationwide thing being that it use to be rare to find a marijuana addict in NA or AA rooms or rehabs with all other types of addicts.. Yet now you are telling me there are millions in the country and because the number of users go up the number of addicted individuals has to go up.. There is no way to get a realistic statistic on something like this without coming with some bias based on your interpretation of the evidence.. When I read this study my first thought is that this is along the lines with the stigma that marijuana use leads to heroin and crack use that is perpetuated by misinterpreted studies like this.. Since marijuana is not physically addictive the definition of being addicted to it is based on what the person believes addiction to marijuana constitutes.. Or what they have been told defines a marijuana addict.. And I’ve been at one of these brainwashing places that tell you if you have smoked pot repeatedly at some point in your life like college or whatever that you are addicted and always will be and will end up shooting up and dead unless you become spiritual or blah blah blah.. It’s no different than bible thumping… Any study done by anybody to oppose marijuana advocates in the media

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