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Pot Smokers Vulnerable to Other Addictions, Says Study

Update Date: Feb 22, 2016 09:48 AM EST

According to a new study, the adults who smoke pot are more susceptible than non-smokers to develop an addiction outside of drugs. While it was proven that marijuana does not play any role in developing anxiety and mood disorders, the study clearly revealed that adults who smoke up have a much higher probability of getting addicted to alcohol, start smoking or get into opiate addiction, as reported by WebMD

Sample of nearly 35,000 adults were interviewed 3 years apart for the National Epidemiology Survey on Alcohol and Related conditions. The findings reveal that of those 35,000 people that were interviewed, 1,300 of them smoked marijuana. Of these 1,300 people, 2/3rd of smokers were troubled with drug and alcohol use in the period of three years between their interviews. The ones that didn't smoke pot, only 20% were into substance abuse, as reported by Value Walk

"This new finding raises the possibility that the recent rise in marijuana use may be contributing to the coincident rise in serious harms related to narcotics and other drugs of abuse," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City

"Those who used marijuana once or more a month had the highest rates of substance use disorders at follow-up (70.5 percent)," Olfson said.

Olfosn, however, clarified that his study is not a conclusive proof that marijuana indeed led to the problems of substance abuse or other addictions but believed that his research could shed some light into marijuana legislation after states like Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Alaska legalized its use, says Health News

"In the ongoing national debate concerning whether to legalize recreational marijuana, the public and legislators should take into consideration the potential for marijuana use to increase the risk of developing alcohol abuse and other serious drug problems," Olfson said.


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