Marijuana Addiction Linked to Genetics
Marijuana, also called weed, herb, pot, Mary Jane, is a greenish gray mixture of dried shredded leaves and flowers of Cannabis. Researchers have found a genetic link between three genetic markers and symptoms of marijuana dependence. Marijuana dependence is defined as the inability to stop using the drug even though it interferes with many aspects of their lives, such as relationships or their jobs. The study demonstrated a relation between a marijuana dependence and depression. It is estimated that 9% of people who use marijuana will become dependent on it. In a study conducted by Gelernter and his colleagues a total of 14,000 Americans were analyzed for marijuana dependence. Results demonstrated that between 18 and 36 percent of the people in this study had marijuana dependence. Previous studies have found that marijuana use early in life is linked to an increased risk of Schizophrenia. A gene called CSMD1 that is involved with the growth of the central nervous system has been linked to Schizophrenia. Marijuana dependence, depression, and schizophrenia all might share some genetic factors.
I found this article to be very interesting and informative. I have always believed that a person cannot become addicted or dependent of marijuana but this article demonstrates evidence that I was wrong. I think this article demonstrates a lot of information and shows that one can have a marijuana dependence. More study needs to be conducted to demonstrate how they came to the conclusion and to demonstrate more evidence for their reasoning behind the study.