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 email email@example.com to schedule an appointment to speak with someone.
- You can begin by taking the online alcohol drug assessment.