With the rise of countries and states legalizing marijuana, its’ utilization has increased simultaneously. And even though marijuana is less addictive than any other drug, some people still develop dependency. So, it’s not a surprise that the number of people suffering from cannabis use disorder has increased as well.
Based on a recent study, 9% of marijuana users will develop cannabis use disorder. Which may seem little compared to other drugs. However, the rate of marijuana utilization is way higher. Meaning, those 9% impacts way more people.
Cannabis Use Disorder In A Nutshell
Simply put, it's overuse of cannabis, regardless of the downsides that overuse brings. You can recognize it by a strong desire to utilize marijuana, uncontrolled use, giving higher priority to marijuana utilization compared to other daily activities, etc.
Drawbacks of cannabis use disorder are possible economic problems, mental problems, such as the development of suspiciousness, anxiety, impulsivity and irresponsibility, cognitive impairment (e.g. impaired coordination, impaired learning, decreased short term memory, disturbance in attention, etc.) and medical issues.
What Causes Dependency?
Scientists are trying to find out what causes cannabis use disorder, but so far the knowledge about what causes its’ dependency and misuse is still vague. Similarly to the lack of knowledge when it comes to its' medicinal effects.
In the pursuit of discovering the cause, theories are being made. There’s one, saying that the rise of cannabis use disorder is the consequence of more and more potent weed. It’s even suggested that the amount of THC that person intakes for the first time plays a crucial role in the development of cannabis use disorder. Which in other words mean, more potent joint you smoked the first time, the higher the chance that you’ll develop dependency. But for now, this remains just a theory.
Do you know anyone suffering from cannabis use disorder? And what are your thoughts on the presented theory? Leave a comment below!