America’s Invisible Pot Addicts

The Atlantic

More and more Americans are reporting near-constant cannabis use, as legalization forges ahead.

Public-health experts worry about the increasingly potent options available, and the striking number of constant users. “Cannabis is potentially a real public-health problem,” said Mark A. R. Kleiman, a professor of public policy at New York University. “It wasn’t obvious to me 25 years ago, when 9 percent of self-reported cannabis users over the last month reported daily or near-daily use. I always was prepared to say, ‘No, it’s not a very abusable drug. Nine percent of anybody will do something stupid.’ But that number is now [something like] 40 percent.” They argue that state and local governments are setting up legal regimes without sufficient public-health protection, with some even warning that the country is replacing one form of reefer madness with another, careening from treating cannabis as if it were as dangerous as heroin to treating it as if it were as benign as kombucha.

Users or former users I spoke with described lost jobs, lost marriages, lost houses, lost money, lost time. Foreclosures and divorces. Weight gain and mental-health problems. And one other thing: the problem of convincing other people that what they were experiencing was real. A few mentioned jokes about Doritos, and comments implying that the real issue was that they were lazy stoners. Others mentioned the common belief that you can be “psychologically” addicted to pot, but not “physically” or “really” addicted. The condition remains misunderstood, discounted, and strangely invisible, even as legalization and white-marketization pitches ahead.

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Suicide, Anxiety and Panic Disorders Linked To Marijuana

Marijuana can cause severe, uncontrollable panic attacks.  I know this from experience (read my ‘About’ page).  I believe it changed my brain chemistry.  I was 17.

If left untreated with legitimate medications like antidepressants, suicide ideation and attempts at suicide may result.

  • I have nighttime panic disorder that is treated with antidepressants.   Editor.

Did Robin Williams, Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain have PANIC DISORDER?  I wonder.

While he’s kicked the other vices, he still drinks and smokes cannabis liberally. And he’s turned the latter recreation into the basis for something like method-cooking.

  • Anthony Bourdain, Cannabis Advocate Hangs Himself.  High Times.

Suicide, Anxiety and Panic Disorders Linked To Marijuana

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