We have a strange relationship with drugs in America. From the time we’re children, we’re told over and over that drugs like weed and heroin will ruin our lives forever. Heroin can certainly have life-ruining effects, but there’s no evidence to support the idea that weed turns people into violent criminals or even nonviolent addicts. Furthermore, cannabis-based products can be used to treat certain medical conditions. Meanwhile, there’s not nearly enough education about things like prescription painkillers, which are prescribed to millions of patients a year but can be very hard to stop taking once you’ve started.

The marijuana fight

In the 1930s, the film Reefer Madness taught kids that using marijuana would lead to everything from suicide to sex crimes. It was a ridiculous piece of propaganda, and the war on drugs in general has a racist, ugly history. Still, there are many people who believe that taking weed makes you a bad person. One of those people is Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He’s a Southerner, and those views are still way more common in the South than they are on the coasts. Available evidence indicates marijuana is less addictive than alcohol, which means people are less likely to go into withdrawal mode if they don’t use it.

But the anti-marijuana stance does way more than keep stoners from lighting up. There’s a growing segment of the population that relies on cannabidiol, or CBD oil, to treat all sorts of ailments, including seizure disorders, glaucoma, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. CBD oil does not get you high, either, as it contains very little, if any, of a substance commonly known as THC. THC is psychoactive; CBD oil is not. Luckily, even the most anti-drug states are softening their stance on CBD oil once they hear from parents who have used it to help an epileptic child. So the answer to the question, “Is CBD oil legal?” is, “Not according to the federal government, but most states have passed laws allowing it.”

Alcohol and addiction

Unlike marijuana and cannabis-based products, alcohol is not illegal under federal law. It is highly regulated and taxed, and you have to be at least 21 to drink legally. Alcohol is, however, quite addictive if you aren’t careful. The younger you are when you start drinking, the more likely you are to rely on alcohol in ways that are unhealthy. If alcohol makes you feel happy, then you’re understandably going to want to drink more and more of it. One day, the happy feelings will wear off, but your body and brain will be so accustomed to getting booze that you’ll feel the need to keep drinking it just to avoid going through the pain of withdrawal. Some alcoholics become violent, while others withdraw from society and live in isolation. It can be really hard to break the cycle, but there is help available. Getting sober isn’t something most people can do on their own. You can quit drinking with the help of Beachway therapists, or by seeing therapists and addiction specialists at another reputable facility. You’re going to have to fight for sobriety, but it will be a more fair fight if you have other people on your team.

 

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