Is Marijuana More Addictive Than We Think? A New Study Shows that Marijuana Can be Just as Addictive as Other Drugs
Marijuana is one of the hottest sociopolitical topics today. The acceptance of medical marijuana in dozens of states and the recent recreational approval in two western states has put a focus on positive aspects of marijuana use in terms of pain reduction and other possible benefits. However, scientists are still trying to discover if marijuana is more addictive than other recreational drugs and legal intoxicants. Researchers are also trying to pinpoint exactly how marijuana affects the brain and what long-term effects it might have. Two new studies that were published this fall begin to shed light on marijuana’s more addictive qualities and psychoactive powers.
A number of recent news stories have tied the Bitcoin currency to drug purchases. The online currency had become popular among a lot of people out there, who were interested in the idea of deregulated currency. It could be exchanged for using any number of different currencies worldwide. But it has recently been discovered that many drug traders were using it to facilitate their purchases. This currency was appealing to many people, because they were largely untraceable. This allowed people to buy drugs on different black market operations online. Some are hoping that recent drug sting operations will curb the use of Bitcoins in this trade area.
The Silk Road
Notably, the FBI has recently shut down the popular Silk Road drug market that had been created online. This drug trade had been created by internet users who could create secretive identities that would prevent people from tracking their sales. Access to the Silk Road was restricted to only a few different types of traders out there. Once the FBI began to trail these users, they noticed that they were frequently using Bitcoins as the currency of choice for their purchases. This has caused many to wonder if this currency has been used elsewhere to help traffic drugs.
The Bitcoin currency has always been volatile, since it is not backed by any major country out there. It operates independently, so many have wondered whether it could remain stable for very long. Some people have also noticed that the value of Bitcoin currency has rapidly declined recently. This has coincided with the shutdown of the Silk Road drug operations. Not surprisingly, many people are concluding that much of the value of Bitcoin currency is tied to drug use and trade around the world. Many people will want to think about whether they will want to continue using this currency, since it has extensive ties to the drug trade.
The unclear future of Bitcoins
Many investors will be curious to see what happens to the value of Bitcoin currency in the future. Now that the FBI has shut down the Silk Road, there are many who will want to find whether there are any other major online drug trade operations. If these are shut down as well, it may further hurt the value of Bitcoin currency. Users may want to think about whether they can continue to use the Bitcoin if it declines in value like this for much longer. It may not last long if it relies too heavily on illegal drug trade to maintain its value.
If you know someone who has been affected by drug use, you may want to check out some drug rehabilitation options. There are many excellent online resources out there that can inform people about what they may want to do. Try to learn about some drug treatment centers in your area that may link you up with the right options for you. If you check out some of these options, you may be able to get the treatment you or your loved ones need to beat drug addiction.
A Lake County Cop Receives DUI and Has Previous Charges On His Record
This Lake County cop receives DUI charges in a state vehicle, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Police commander Dave Britton of the Lake County Gang Intellegence Unit was charged with driving while intoxicated, endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident. Two people were injured in the incident in which Britton hit two cars while speeding. On January 31 the officer was driving down Main Street with a blood alcohol level three times greater than the legal limit when he hit a car he was trying to pass in the rear bumper and careened into another vehicle waiting at a traffic light. Witnesses say that Britton stopped and looked into both vehicles before fleeing the scene only to be pulled over at a Walgreen’s later.
Jennifer Ridha Smuggled Drugs for Cameron Douglas
Jennifer Ridha has written a book titled “Criminal That I am” that describes her relationship with Cameron Douglas, son of actor Michael Douglas and convicted drug felon.
Douglas was arrested in 2009 for selling meth and heroin at New York’s Gansevoort hotel. Ridha served on his legal defense team and soon formed a romantic attachment to the troubled actor, who had only a few B-list movie credits. She also provided Douglas with Xanax while he was incarcerated because he claimed to have anxiety.
The Increase of Drug Dependent Infants
As heroin addiction increases across the United States, dependency on other opioids is also growing. Those are prescription medications like morphine, Vicodin, OxyContin, codeine, and other similar drugs. With pregnant addicts, the drugs pass through the placenta, and the baby becomes an opioid addict like its mother. Because of the proliferation of these opioids, a frighteningly increasing number of drug dependent infants are thrown into addiction before they take their first breath.