Marijuana Abuse

Cannibus Use Disorder (classified in the DSM 5 and well documented by SAMSHA) is characterizd by “difficulties with memory and learning, distorted perception, difficulty in thinking and problem-solving, and loss of coordination. Among youth, heavy cannabis use is associated with cognitive problems and increased risk of mental illness.”  

Current medical knowledge disproves completely the “good drug/bad drug” theories, since we know that a process called CYP450 liver metabolism is at work, which is directly tied to the individual’s DNA profile. So, a “good drug” for one, is far different in another individual.  Carry this through to adjacent sensitivities or predispositions to diseases like breast cancer (with alcohol, a known carcinogen), psychiatric conditions (that might never be brought on without marijuana) and you can appreciate the complexity of the marijuana use issue as well as all drug use, misuse and abuse.  

Most marijuana self medicators, are consistently unable to coordinate a complete analysis of CYP450 DNA, medical and familial predispositions and immediate threats or benefits. At some point, privacy concerns will be outflanked by benefits and DNA profiles with their adjacent “responsible use” pointers for individuals with all drugs, including marijuana, will be trivially included in health care.

Any substance abuse can be mischaracterized as “medically appropriate” and a huge profit motive in Medical Marijuana clinics exists to do so; the individual misrepresents their symptoms or fails to understand that medically appropriate treatment must first exhaust all diagnostic, theraputic and pallative measures before simply treating symptoms.

Inconclusive medical evidence exists consistent with delivery of THC via smoking, however medical researchers advocate loosening laws to ensure their research drugs are whitelisted.   Loosening laws equate to a segway of marijuana into the community where youth are exposed to high levels of THC dosed products. The Centers for Disease Control state “people think that marijuana is not truly “addictive” or that people can’t become “hooked” on the drug, but research shows that about 1 in 10 marijuana users will become addicted. For people who begin using before the age of 18, that number rises to 1 in 6.”

Youths using marijuana can prematurely key-in schizophrenia which may never clear, change brain neurotransmitters before complete brain development, become psychotic and negatively effect their ability to drive a vehicle safely resulting in higher rate of automobile deaths.  Social/criminal studies, like NIH multi-year study  indicates “continued exposure to cannabis (use at age 18, 32 and 48 years) was associated with a higher risk of subsequent violent behaviour”.

Medical Marijuana is responsibly prescribed in a small subset of adults, for which known benefits are well established, including some types of pain, chemotherapy in cancer, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, and short term sleep apnea treatment, but only after complete medical diagnostic tests identify or rule out other interrelated conditions and theraputic or pallative measures have been first applied.  Medical Marijuana statistics in 2017 research state limited benefits with chronic painPTSDmajor depression or glacoma and a large number of other conditions for which prescriptions are available in Colorado.

If you are marijuana effected and experience BLACK/WHITE thinking, or become irritated while reading this, with a tendency to see marijuana as “ALL GOOD”, you may have an abuse/misuse problem.  Take the following quiz to learn more.

Have you misused or abused drugs other than those responsibly prescribed and used for medical reasons? * Yes No
Do you misuse more than one drug or alcohol concurrently without medical notification, consideration or authorization of all parties? * Yes No
Are you unable to stop taking drugs (within medical recommendations) when you want to? * Yes No
Have you had serious side effects as the result of illicit or irresponsible medically prescribed drug misuse? * Yes No
Have you lied to your medical provider or mis-characterized your condition to obtain and mis-use medications * Yes No
Do you feel bad or guilty about your drug misuse or escalating drug use costs that take away from healthful activities? * Yes No
Have you neglected your family relationships because of illicit or RX drug misuse or drug culture involvement? * Yes No
Have you engaged in activities with legal consequences in order to fund RX or illicit drug misuse? * Yes No
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you would benefit from professional treatment. Enter your phone number to be contacted to discuss options. *