The ‘Gateway Drug’ Is Alcohol, Not Marijuana

By March 9, 2016 Health

We have all heard it for years, marijuana is a gateway to other drugs. But, the question is, is that really the case?

“Marijuana is a gateway drug,” that is constantly used to fuel the stigma associated with marijuana use. The truth is, there is no science at all behind the claim. In fact, all science associated with marijuana use is moved towards the tremendous therapeutic potential for a wide range of human ailments.

A study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of School Health has found that the theory of a “gateway drug” is not even associated with marijuana, but rather with one of the most widely used and socially accepted substance in the world, alcohol.

The purpose of the study was to determine which substance out of; alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco was the actual gateway drug that leads to substance abuse. People who used alcohol exhibited a significantly greater likelihood of using both licit and illicit drugs. Concluding with, “The findings from this investigation support that alcohol should receive primary attention in school-based substance abuse prevention programming as the use of other substances could be impacted by delaying or preventing alcohol use. Therefore, it seems prudent for school and public health officials to focus prevention efforts, policies, and monies, on addressing adolescent alcohol use.”

It makes no sense that alcohol and cigarettes are legal, with such devastating health effects, when marijuana has such good effects and is illegal. Scientists have even discovered that cannabis may reduce brain damage caused by alcohol.

Maybe it is time to view marijuana for what it is, a therapeutic healer. It should be used for healing purposes!

The thing is while drugs and alcohol could lead to other substance abuse, the main issue with drug problems is the inner state of the user. Many people use drugs to escape from reality and run away from the problems that they choose not to face. While substances provide a temporary escape, the problems will never go away until you choose to treat the problem from within. When we use substances to cover up issues we only hurt ourselves more.

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana/marijuana-gateway-drug

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