The ‘Gateway Drug’ is Alcohol, Not Marijuana
According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report, Marijuana remains the most commonly used illicit drug, and it is also the third most popular recreational drug in the United States, behind alcohol and tobacco.
According to recent estimates, more than 24 million people used marijuana at one time and 14 million used it regularly. However, there is a lot of misinformation about marijuana and its consequences.
A team of scientists at the University of Florida discovered that the theory of an “introductory drug” was not related to marijuana, but to alcohol.
Guttman’s scale shows that alcohol is the drug of entry, resulting in the consumption of tobacco, marijuana and other illicit substances. Students who drank alcohol were more likely to consume legal and illegal drugs.
According to co-author Adam E. Barry, the study aimed to highlight some of the previous iterations. Apparently, although the most recent gateway theory is that it starts with cannabis and turns into “harder drugs”, the truth is that it stems from the development of licensed substances, including alcohol, and turns into illicit substances.
Yale researchers also found that alcohol and cigarettes were more likely to abuse opiates than marijuana.
The study analyzed samples from 14,577 seniors in 120 public and private schools in the United States. Researchers compared drug abuse rates between non-drinkers and non-drinkers, and found that seniors who had been drinking at least once in their lifetime smoked cigarettes 13 times more often than men. marijuana and other narcotics 16 times more often 13. Consume cocaine more frequently.
Alcohol was also the most commonly used substance in the samples and 72.2% of students admitted to having consumed it at some point in their lives. On the other hand, 45% of students reported smoking cigarettes and 43.3% reported marijuana.
The study concluded that priority should be given to alcohol in school-based substance abuse prevention programs, as this could significantly influence the use of other substances.
Dr. Karen Van Gundy, Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire, agrees, arguing that the use of other illicit drugs by marijuana smokers depends on social factors such as stress and unemployment, and not because they are a joint venture. US smoked eighth grade.
He says that marijuana is not the most common and is rarely the first illegal drug because smoking and drinking before the legal age generally precedes marijuana use.
On the other hand, researchers have already discovered that cannabis can reduce the brain damage caused by alcohol and that a chemical, cannabidiol, can be an effective tool in the treatment of alcohol-related neurodegeneration.