Smoked Medical Marijuana and Addiction



A recently published article in Psychiatric Annals discussed the current medical and legal status for smoked medical marijuana and addiction.

This paper provides a hard look at the role of medical marijuana in relation to the following issues:

  • Is marijuana a medicine?
  • Studies on smoked marijuana
  • Medical status for smoked marijuana
  • Current policy for medical marijuana
  • Marijuana addiction
  • Relationship between perceived risks and harmful effects
  • Toxic psychiatric and medical effects of marijuana
  • Relationship between state medical marijuana laws and cannabis use disorders


Some of the important points raised in this paper to keep in mind regarding medical marijuana include:

  1. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved smoked marijuana as safe and effective for medical use
  2. In many states, a physician does not prescribe nor monitor the effects of marijuana on the patient’s medical condition
  3. Medical marijuana is not dispensed in pharmacies like prescription drugs
  4. Marijuana may be grown without supervision or regulation
  5. Smoked marijuana has many side effects that can outweigh perceived benefits
  6. Major medical associations have come out against using smoked marijuana as medicine
  7. Marijuana legalization is likely to increase cannabis addiction, like alcohol and nicotine, with comparable legal and health costs
  8. Chronic use or large doses of smoked marijuana are likely to result in unpleasant or harmful effects
  9. Addictive and harmful marijuana use drives legalization and popularity, not recreational use
  10. Smoked marijuana is associated with negative outcomes, not beneficial ones
  11. State medical marijuana laws appear to have increased illicit use and cannabis use disorders


For more information about marijuana laws, harm potential, prevention and education, new research, and more, check out some of our other recent blogs and news items: http://preventionpluswellness.com/category/marijuanaarticlesnews/

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