It all began in the mid-1970s when students of San Rafael High School in Marin County, California met at 4:20 pm after school hours by the campus’s statue of chemist Louis Pasteur to smoke weed. Consequently, the phrase, “I’ll see you at 4:20,” became the code for expressing one’s desire to smoke a joint after the class is over. As these students graduated and stepped out of the high school boundaries, the use of the term 4:20 made it to certain college campuses across California, though in a discreet manner.
However, the credit goes to the “Deadheads,” the diehard-cannabis-crazy followers of the California-based rock band, “The Grateful Dead,” for incorporating the term “4:20” into everyday American parlance. On December 28, 1990, some Deadheads in Oakland, California distributed flyers inviting people to smoke “420” on April 20 at 4:20 pm. One of the flyers reportedly reached the hands of Steve Bloom, a former reporter for High Times magazine. The following year, Bloom published the flyer and continued to reference the number, thereby making it known globally for its association to marijuana. Ever since, April 20, celebrated as Cannabis Day (WCD), has become a counterculture holiday across the North American continent, where pot lovers congregate to celebrate and consume cannabis.
Survey reveals growing acceptance of cannabis
Although the decriminalization of marijuana use is a widely contested topic, there are innumerable people who are in favor of pot legalization. A recent joint survey conducted by Yahoo News and Marist Poll indicates that not only have most adults in the U.S. smoked pot, 44 percent of those who tried it once still use it today. Despite the umpteenth number of drug wars waged by various American Presidents that include Richard Nixon, George Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the cannabis plant somehow seems to be winning the race. Nevertheless, 52 percent of Americans over 18 years have admitted trying marijuana at some point in their lives and a third of the states have decriminalized its use for medical reasons.
Though marijuana is enjoying a moment of growing acceptance in the country, there is a great possibility that such a nationwide celebration of cannabis culture could further contribute to the growing rates of addiction. Therefore, such a way of life could disseminate a wrong message in society about drug use. California — owing to its 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 marijuana, being an easily accessible drug, has the potential to cause users to experiment with other types of drugs.
Cannabis is addictive
Despite public opinion swaying in favor of marijuana, the simple fact that it is not a benign drug cannot be ignored. What remains noteworthy is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved the therapeutic value of marijuana. It continues to be classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act owing to the high potential for abuse. The steady spike in marijuana addiction rates across the country is attributed to the growing ease of availability, perceived harmlessness and the social popularity of the drug across all sections of society.
Studies suggest that it is almost impossible to grow up in the U.S. and not be exposed to marijuana since it is the most commonly used illicit drug in the country. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 22 million Americans aged 12 or older were using marijuana in 2015.
In recent years, the harmful effects of marijuana are becoming increasingly apparent. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the neurotoxin present in marijuana, is the main reason why individuals are unable to discontinue its use despite the negative impact on their lives. Some researches suggest that early exposure to cannabinoids, just like alcohol and nicotine, could alter the brain’s reward system by creating a dopamine rush, which can lead to addiction.
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 marijuana use 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.
Journey to recovery
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 those with addiction to substances, where it might be simply hard-wired into their gray matter. Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone who is unable to discontinue the use of harmful substances such as marijuana despite the negative impact on his or her life.
Our customized marijuana addiction treatment programs are tailored to individual needs in order to treat the person holistically. Sovereign Health of San Clemente’s pain program is designed to help foster marijuana addiction recovery by facilitating treatment for marijuana addiction for individuals whose pain has led to an addiction of either prescription and/or illegal drugs.
If you or your loved one is battling an addiction to marijuana, get in touch with Sovereign Health to gain access to the latest and innovative residential treatment programs at our state-of-the-art marijuana rehab centers in California or marijuana rehab centers spread across the U.S. Our residential treatment facilities are well known for their marijuana detox programs. Whether you are looking for addiction help or addiction treatment centers in California or at a place closer home, call at our 24/7 helpline number (866) 819-0427 or chat online to know about the most effective rehab programs at our reliable rehabilitation centers.