Substance Use Disorders don’t appear overnight. People who develop them may use for months or years or even decades before they seek help.
…actually more of an issue now than in the 80’s, because of the presence of super-powerful opioids like fentanyl or carfentanil, and the growing risk of unintended overdose.
Producers and distributors are eager to attract the higher-end customer, mostly likely an adult daily user who needs stronger pot to manage dependence on the drug.
Although polls show Americans are broadly in favor of medical marijuana, they’re not as enthusiastic about the prospect of sharing the road with seriously stoned drivers.
An answer such as vigorous exercise or meditation or going to a meeting will never be as universally attractive to someone a few weeks sober as “well, here, why don’t you toke this?”
…cannabis is “likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, social anxiety disorders and, to a lesser extent, depression.”
Problems show up first in hospital emergency rooms and in jails. Those are the closest thing we have to an early warning system.
It usually comes back to the assumption that another problem ‘underlies’ addiction, and therefore will respond to treatment with the “right” drug, if we can figure out what it is.