Why does The Well now try to use the word “cannabis” and not “marijuana?”
- “Cannabis” is objective--it’s the scientific name of a genus which contains several species of psychotropic (mind altering) plants.
- “Marijuana” is a word associated with 20th century propaganda campaigns.
Changing attitudes around cannabis
Though cannabis laws in the United States are changing, it is still illegal to possess in Virginia. And while cannabis use rates seem to be increasing among young people, many VCU students choose to abstain.
The not so great news about cannabis...
- Once widely thought to be non-addictive, research has shown that some heavy users do feel a compulsion to use and experience mild withdrawal symptoms like sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, and lack of appetite when they abstain. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3371269/
- Cannabis use is also associated with poorer learning outcomes and sleep. Source:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014019711000148X
Concerned about cannabis use?
- You can contact the Assistant Director for Substance Education and Recovery Support at (804) 828-2086 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
- Take the online alcohol drug assessment
- Or check out Australia’s excellent quitting cannabis workbook
Want more information about cannabis? Check out our new Marijuana 101 edition of the Stall Seat Journal. You can also download it here: Marijuana 101