“The grass definitely looks greener on the other side,” said Jeff, an employee with one of the recently licensed weed companies. He is talking literally about the green stuff – cannabis – and the reason behind his statement is the confusing maze of laws that licensed weed companies find themselves in. In spite of several states having legalized marijuana, allowing its conditional medical and recreational use and permitting cultivation, possession, transportation, etc., it is still illegal under the federal law. The difference in the stance of the state and federal governments has led to complications in the advertising and marketing of cannabis and its related products. Read more
Looking at the worsening opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, the federal government has been formulating various policies and plans to combat the situation. With over 64,000 Americans succumbing to drug overdose deaths in 2016, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is time to expand effective treatment options for addiction. One such option promoted by the Donald Trump administration is medication-assisted treatment (MAT) Read more
The problem of drug abuse is not new in the United States, with many already dealing with its effects. A number of factors trigger drug-seeking behaviors, such as genetics, biological and environmental factors, a co-occurring mental disorder, etc. Moreover, people, exposed to crime and violence early in their life, begin to abuse substances at a young age. In addition, many abuse drugs and alcohol merely for recreational purposes like feeling high and boosting mood. Many youngsters passionately follow the footsteps of their favorite actors and celebrities; hence, they run the increased risk of developing drug-seeking behaviors. Read more
An estimated 32 million American residents in 2010 reported the lifetime use of psychedelics, including lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin (magic mushrooms), mescaline and peyote. Unlike other drugs, psychedelics often evoke the awareness of subconscious thoughts and feelings, such as repressed memories, feelings about life circumstances, fantasies or deep fears. People high on psychedelics experience hallucinations, vivid images and intense sounds. Read more
Marijuana is a mood altering (psychoactive) drug derived from the Cannabis plant, its two main varieties being Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. People consume cannabis by smoking, inhaling through vapor, brewing as a tea, with food, as a balm, or eating in the form of brownies or chocolate bars.
Cannabis is the most commonly abused illicit drug globally, popular for its psychoactive properties. Although originally classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, several states in the United States have started making it a legal drug. It has a slew of street monikers, including grass, pot, hash, weed, reefer, dope, herb, mull, Buddha, ganja, joint, stick, buckets, cones, skunk, hydro, yarndi, smoke and hooch among others. Read more
Quitting alcohol is never easy, and for some people, it might be a lifelong struggle owing to the painful withdrawal symptoms. However, it is important to understand that alcohol addiction can cause extreme distress and complications in one’s life. Therefore, one must be determined in his/her resolve to quit alcohol. Read more
The plight of opioid crisis continuous to be a major problem across the United States. In spite of the authorities taking innumerable steps to curb the menace, the crisis has emerged as a major public health issue or an epidemic in the U.S.
According to various studies, a large number people are suffering from opioid addiction. Some of the key populations affected by opioids are teenagers, women and older people. In the light of the growing menace of opioids, President Donald Trump has declared it as a nationwide public emergency. Read more
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