An addiction is a brain disease, characterized by dependence or compulsive use of a substance such as alcohol, opioids, tobacco or, yes, marijuana. It.usually happens without the person realizing until it’s too late. The brain becomes accustomed to a high influx of dopamine release and struggles to create its own. Addiction is a serious dependency and many people feel as though they cannot continue a single day without their chosen drug.
To put this into perspective, over 16 million Americans are suffering from a smoking-related disease today. These include lung cancer, heart disease, liver cancer, diabetes, emphysema, rheumatoid arthritis and strokes. Even second hand smoke causes major health concerns and can lead to smoking-related diseases such as these after a period of time. Even with these life-threatening concerns, tobacco is such an addictive substance that nearly 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes every day.
Even though the use of cannabis has been noted by scientists to help people in pain or with serious diseases, it too can be addictive. In 2014, researchers discovered that 4 million Americans had a marijuana use disorder.
However, studies around cannabis and addiction are still ongoing and there is not enough concrete evidence to support some of the claims. Currently, researchers are looking into the possibility of using CBD (cannabidiol) products for tackling an addiction. Although there are already effective therapies for addicts going through rehab, many of them come with severe side effects. in the future, medical cannabis may be introduced as an alternative.