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Long Beach, California, has put tight regulations on the retail sale of marijuana, after the state of California passed legalized recreational use in 2016. However, the small city of Bellflower, which is very close to Long Beach, has some of the most lenient recreational marijuana legislation in the state.1 This may motivate people to flood the tiny Los Angeles County city to purchase recreational marijuana, but it can also mean that residents are at risk of higher rates of addiction.

Young adults are the most likely to abuse marijuana in Los Angeles County,2 and changes in the perception of marijuana’s potential for harm, as well as increased dialogue about the medicinal benefits, may contribute to rising rates of use and abuse among young people. About 20% of those 18 to 20 years old used marijuana in 2005; that rate rose to almost 30% in 2015. Similarly, about 19% of those ages 21 to 25 used marijuana in 2005, and that rate also rose to just under 30% in the same time span. In fiscal year 2015-2016, 15% of treatment admissions were for marijuana.2 These numbers may see a rise after the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Despite the very widespread perception that marijuana is essentially harmless, it contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychedelic chemical that may produce euphoria and relaxation but may also trigger anxiety, paranoia, fear, or panic. Some people who consume large amounts of the drug experience a temporary, acute psychosis, and there is evidence that long-term use may increase the risk of schizophrenia in already vulnerable populations.3 Between 2016 and 2017, an average of 11 calls involving marijuana were made to Poison Control each month; 16% of callers were admitted to some type of care unit—critical, noncritical, or psychiatric.2

Some substances have a perception of being safe because they are legal, including marijuana (in areas where medical or recreational use is not forbidden) and prescription painkillers. In fact, the current opioid crisis has been in part fueled by the misperception that drugs prescribed by a doctor can’t be all that harmful. However, we now know that this is completely false, as thousands of people overdose on both illicit and prescription opioids each year.4

If you know someone who is struggling with marijuana or other substance abuse, you have options for treatment. You might feel alone, but you aren’t. There are rehabs all over California and the U.S. that want to help you begin your journey to long-term sobriety now. To find a program near Bellflower or elsewhere, begin by searching our directory, where you can read reviews, access treatment details, and find phone numbers to call for more information.

[1]. Pasadena Star-News. (2018). Marijuana May Be Legal in California, but Cities Are Creating Their Own Cannabis Regulations – and Bans. Here’s How That Affects You.
[2]. County of Los Angeles Public Health. Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC). Impact of Marijuana Use. June 2017.

[3]. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (n.d.). What are marijuana effects?

[4]. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Opioid Overdose.

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