Ever since November 2016, when Californians voted to approve marijuana for recreational use, more and more women are taking to the drug. A recent report of Eaze, an on-demand medical marijuana delivery app, says that someone orders cannabis on the San Francisco-based company’s app every 30 seconds, and one in every three customers are a woman.
Amanda Wells (name changed), who got her medical marijuana card two years ago, is a frequent Eaze user. The 46-year-old San Rafael woman regularly orders cannabis flowers as an effective means to manage pain and insomnia. “Marijuana shouldn’t be stigmatized. People should treat it as the medicine it is,” she says. In fact, she has almost stopped using opioids.
Maxine Walters (name changed), 33, of El Cerrito, battled anxiety and depression for years. But, she believes marijuana gave her the relief she yearned for. Walters relies on marijuana concentrates to cope with anxiety and relationship issues. She says vaporizing the high-potency oils and waxes made from distilled cannabis calms her agitated nerves.
Wendy Williams (name changed) was a full-blown alcoholic. Now, the 53-year-old woman from San Bruno believes marijuana has helped reduce her alcohol intake. She often goes on Eaze to order vaporizer cartridges. “I quit drinking completely because of marijuana,” she says, urging for a 100 percent shift in public perception of the drug.
Amanda, Maxine and Wendy are among thousands of women across the Bay Area who have embraced the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. In the Bay Area alone, Eaze has nearly 100,000 consumers and women users account for roughly 31,000, a significant leap from last year’s 25,000. Such an overwhelming response from Californians, especially those in the Bay Area, suggests that the stoner stigma is gradually fading away.
“This has typically been an industry that has been more male-dominated, especially when it was more on the illicit market, but as it’s opening up more — especially with services like Eaze that offer home delivery, discreet service and safety — a lot more women are open to trying it,” said Eaze CEO Jim Patterson. Moreover, Patterson says that the new range of cannabis products have been created keeping female customers in mind. Since the passage of Proposition 64, the marketing strategies of Eaze include more women and bright colors in advertisements.
Arcview Group, an investor network based in San Francisco specializing in research in the legal marijuana industry, reports that California surpasses the entire North American continent in sales of legal marijuana. Experts from the company estimated that Californians have purchased an astronomical $1.8 billion worth of legal cannabis in 2016, leaving the state of Colorado way behind, where both the use of medicinal and recreational weed was legalized much earlier. According to the group’s report, Californians contributed to 27 percent of legal marijuana sales in North America during 2016, whereas Coloradans were responsible for 20 percent of the sales.
Addiction to weed is a reality across California
While the state of California is embracing the snowballing legal cannabis market, many fear that harmful and addictive nature of cannabis will get sidelined. According to the California Department of Public Health (CPDH), from 2013-2015, 70 percent of 11th graders reported it was fairly easy to get marijuana in the state. Such a growing addiction to pot can be attributed to perceived harmlessness associated with the drug use. Experts believe that the nation is doing a terrible disservice to the future generations by adopting a lax attitude toward the dangers of marijuana.
The therapeutic value of marijuana remains a controversial and heavily contested issue. Despite the wide acceptance of marijuana in many states, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved its medicinal value. As per the FDA, pharmacologists have not conducted extensive clinical trials to determine the medicinal value of marijuana which could outweigh the possible health risks.
Irrespective of the decriminalization of medical and recreational marijuana in certain states, people at large should be made aware of the fact that it is a highly addictive and mind-altering substance, which can lead to adverse health concerns. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main ingredient in marijuana that induces psychoactive changes in the body leading to dependence and triggers cravings in chronic users.
Being a long-acting drug, cannabis is known to stay in the system for a longer period of time exposing the individual to several health hazards. Research shows that use of marijuana over a period of time can cause short-term memory loss and chronic smoking can damage the respiratory tract. Also, prolonged pot smoking is known to cause wheezing, shortness of breath, production of morning sputum and airway obstruction in the nasal passages.
California, owing to its convenient proximity to the Mexican borders and being a significant melting pot of different people, cultures, ethnicities and social classes, is highly vulnerable to the menace of substance abuse and addiction. Moreover, what continues to be a matter of great concern is that an easily accessible drug such as marijuana has the potential to induce users to experiment other types of harder drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that those who use marijuana during adolescence are more likely to use other harder drugs such as cocaine or heroin later in adulthood.
Seeking professional help
Research shows that everyone has the neurobiological potential to become an addict. However, in the area of rewards, every individual might not be on the same level as people addicted to a substance where it might be simply hard-wired into their gray matter. Nevertheless, marijuana modifies the brain’s reward system by inducing a dopamine rush, which automatically tweaks the brain for a heightened response to other drugs.
Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone who is unable to discontinue the use of harmful substances despite the negative impact on his or her life. Our customized marijuana addiction treatment programs at our reputed marijuana treatment centers are tailored to individual needs in order to treat the person holistically.
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