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What is a rehabilitation center? A rehabilitation centre is a place where an individual can work over his addiction issues under supervised environments that aid addiction recovery with ease. All these treatments and therapies are carried out by well-trained mental health professionals including a psychiatrist, clinical psychologists, psychologists, counselors, nurses & support staffs. With the […]

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Psychological revelation behin...

Folie à Famille translated ‘a folly of family’, the term talks about a shared psychotic disorder among a group of family members as opposed to shared between two people (folie à deux). This is a rare condition because of which effective treatments have not been well-established. However, last week we saw an incident in Delhi […]

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Are You Feeling Suicidal? How ...

Wanting to overcome suicidal thoughts? Firstly, the thought to overcome the suicidal thoughts itself is a sign of positivity. You may think feeling suicidal is a sign of permanent weakness and flew. Actually, it isn’t, feeling suicidal is just a temporary negative mindset that makes you experience intense sadness. During this intense episode majority of […]

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How to Help Someone with Drug ...

Want to help someone with Drug and Alcohol Addiction? A relative, a dear friend, a sibling, a co-worker? Early drug and alcohol abuse education is one of the best ways to start with. Everyone involved needs to be educated, from parents and educators to children and adults. Each needs to know the risks of altered […]

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Depression is an Illness, Not ...

For as long as health professionals can remember, our country has developed a negative stigma towards depression illness. People suffering from depression tend to suffer in silence, or not seek the appropriate treatment because of the shame associated with admitting they have a mental illness. Currently, people diagnosed with depression illness are viewed as broken, […]

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Legalising Cannabis Usage – Is it right?

Should Cannabis Use Be LegalisedCannabis, one of the most addictive and illicit drug, has been up for the legalisation debate for sometime. The marijuana law reform has garnered huge public support in favor of legalizing marijuana, prompting the authorities to advocate removing it from criminal justice system and regulate it like alcohol and tobacco.

The entire legalisation debate is rooted on promoting the medicinal usage of Cannabis. Those in favour argue about the benefits it will bring.

  • Legalising cannabis will shrink the multi-billion illegal market along with disproportionate effect the criminalisation has on people belonging to a specific race. It will also curb the crime and violence associated with the illegal trade and drug cartels
  • Medicinal use can help explore the new-age cure for certain diseases and conditions
  • It promotes consumer safety as the product testing will become a standard process
  • Legalising and regulating marijuana will create jobs and economic opportunities as well as increase tax revenues from the industry
  • It will also help reduce costs with decreased arrests, court cases and other administrative costs incurred, reducing the strain on judicial system

However legalising Cannabis poses greater problems

  • The primary problem of Marijuana legalisation is the risk of its problematic use by exposing larger number of people to a possible substance abuse disorder
  • Legalization can also result in leakage of the product from adult market to younger age groups exposing them to the pitfalls of problem use. Addiction at such an early age can affect their academic performance and cause psychological issues among the age group
  • It can prompt the launch of new drinks and food items laced with the drug in the market. The commercialisation of cannabis can allow for persuasive advertising to attract new users and convert moderate users into problem users
  • There is a shift in the demand for cannabis with higher THC in last two decade, which raises the risk of bad experiences and addiction. As the legal production grows the product with concentrated THC can be freely available to all, increasing the risk of problem use

While legalization promises various benefits, the authorities need to lay down robust checkpoints for regulating marijuana to curtail the risk of widespread addiction. Furthermore, on-going awareness campaigns and advertisements to educate people to say no, should be a mainstay of strategic initiatives around Cannabis legalisation and regulation.

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