Marijuana has been falsely stigmatized as the ultimate “gateway drug” in turning people into hard drug users. Texas A&M and Florida University research studies state otherwise.
Personal Choices – the hand that opens the door to hard drugs
Throughout its history of use, marijuana has been labeled and placed with the negative connotation as the number 1 leading gateway drug to other stronger and more harmful substances such as crack, cocaine, heroin, and others. While it is understandable people who do choose to use substances are prone to try new ones, marijuana isn’t directly linked to this “gateway” blame in so far as the fact that it comes down to choices people make to take substance use further.
Marijuana does not induce states of desire for other drugs – other drugs induce states of desire for that specific drug itself. On one hand it might make people curious to try new things but that comes back to being a personal choice these people make—and that is, in fact, the ultimate hand that opens the door to other substance use. If anything, marijuana is the least harmful of chemical compounds when compared to pharmaceuticals like opiates, and the deadly throes of heroin or the skin and teeth eating crack cocaine which becomes addictive with early onset of withdrawal symptoms and the need to take more given a quick developing tolerance rate.
These desires to do other drugs is simply a choice people make not directly influenced by marijuana. This is not to say people may become more interested in trying other drugs after trying marijuana but the correlation is as nigh as calling a cat a dog because marijuana doesn’t treat the body as these other drugs do, nor does it give the fiendish symptoms that a black-tar-smack-using-street-side or crack head would get.
On this subject of marijuana not being a gateway drug, Vice magazine writer, Maia Szalavitz, writes, “marijuana as a special pharmacological ‘gateway’ is about as sensible as seeing early-stage childhood lullabies as a ‘gateway’ to the violent songs of Insane Clown Posse later in life.” Here again, people and personal choice, becomes the influence.
Comparing marijuana to other drugs—in such a case of swirling false stigma as the likes of these—you get more of a mellow buzz than these other life-threatening addictive chemicals, which yes, can kill and do every day. But what about deaths by marijuana?? Zilch. None. Zip. Nadda.
Weed vs. Alcohol
Marijuana is even less likely to cause the emotional ups and downs that alcohol tends to create in its users, whom sometimes become prone to violence, rage, and other domestic and public intensities of danger which put themselves and others at risk without their ability to think while inebriated. Best put, some people just don’t need to use any substance what-so-ever because they just work on people differently, especially harder drugs, and the ever popular alcohol with its own problems. Speaking of which, alcohol is completely legal…So at what point has marijuana been graced with the likeness of the ultimate gateway?? When the intoxication from a bottle is promoted moreover? ..is alcohol the gateway?? Maybe poverty is the gateway??..Hmm..
Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Law) reports that Texas A&M University and University of Florida, Gainesville, say “Alcohol is the most commonly used substance, and the majority of polysubstance-using respondents consumed alcohol prior to tobacco or marijuana inhalation, furthermore, our results conclude the earlier one initiates in alcohol use, the more likely they will engage in future illicit substance use.”
Studies concluded by the RAND corporation (a nonprofit organization focusing on research and development after WWII, with research and analysis focuses toward public policy and service toward public good) found that “there is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are casually linked to the subsequent abuse of other drugs.”
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