The addictive potential of marijuana

The addictive potential of marijuana

Contrary to common perception, marijuana can be addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, research reveals that about one in 11 users have the potential to become addicted to marijuana. This figure is considerably higher among those who start using marijuana as teenagers (one in six) and even greater among individuals who use it daily (almost 25 to 50 percent).

Marijuana is the most widely and commonly used illicit drug, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The United Nations revealed 158.8 million people around the world use marijuana, which encompasses more than 3.8 percent of the planet’s population. Over 94 million people in the U.S. have admitted using pot at least once. Read more

The cocaine vaccine

The cocaine vaccine

Cocaine is one of the oldest known psychoactive stimulants that is highly addictive and directly affects the brain. Due to cocaine being an ongoing problem of epidemic proportions, a vaccine to prevent cocaine addiction has been researched for decades. However, the beginning of 2015 saw the possibility of what might be a substantial cocaine vaccine to cure addiction.

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Ketamine addiction and its associated struggles

Ketamine addiction and its associated struggles

Ketamine was developed in 1962, promoted and used as a fast-acting general anesthetic. In 1970, the government approved the use of ketamine for human use, and it soon become a powerful anesthetic. Following shortly were reports of illicit use of the drug, initially originating on the West Coast. Meanwhile, various forms of the drug had started hitting the market in forms of pills, capsules, powder, crystals and solutions. During the mid-1980s, ketamine was linked to different dance cultures and settings, making it popularly known as the “club drug.” In the face of this increasing recreational use, the government classified ketamine as a Schedule III controlled substance in 1999.

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MDMA’s effects on depression

MDMA’s effects on depression

MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), commonly known as Ecstasy, has been studied to confirm its therapeutic potential. A national survey revealed that psychedelics, despite their legal status, may hold promise for fighting depression and anxiety.

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The consequences of substance abuse during pregnancy

The consequences of substance abuse during pregnancy

A study from The Journal of the American Medical Association estimated about 13,500 babies are born each year with symptoms depicting maternal drug abuse. The issue of substance abuse during pregnancy is more prevalent than commonly realized. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 5.4 percent of pregnant women aged 15 to 44 used illicit drugs. The rate of current illicit drug use in the combined 2012-2013 data was 14.6 percent among pregnant women aged 15 to 17, 8.6 percent among women aged 18 to 25, and 3.2 percent among women aged 26 to 44.

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