Marijuana: Harmless or Illicit?


There’s been a lot of talk about the legalization of Marijuana lately, the “harmless” drug that’s famous for its impossibility of overdose and very few side effects, right? According to, “Marijuana is the most common illicit drug used in the United States. After a period of decline in the last decade, its use has been increasing among young people since 2007, corresponding to a diminishing perception of the drug’s risks that may be associated with increased public debate over the drug’s legal status.” While the physical side effects and consequences of using marijuana may be low compared to other illegal or prescription substances, the effect on one’s ability to live a happy and fulfilling life certainly bring up a red flag.

More and more adolescents and adults believe that smoking marijuana is a healthy and harmless way to cope with life.   In today’s culture, it is much easier to turn to a substance for a quick and easy way to solve a problem than to put in the work to fix it. The problem with this idea is that the substance won’t always be there to catch the fall and many people are left feeling depressed, anxious, confused, and hurt. The same cure-all that they used for many years now doesn’t work the same way, has caused financial stress, or has created a barrier between them and their cherished ones.

The quick and easy fix will always come with a plethora of side effects and negative consequences. Take a look at the fast food industry for example: yes, it does quickly and easily fix hunger, but causes a wide array of health and financial issues compared to grocery shopping and cooking a healthy meal at home. The “easier, softer” way comes with a lot of baggage. The results accomplished by putting in the work and being patient with yourself are well worth it. Learn to live happily without substances, get fulfillment again in the things that you once enjoyed, and watch your life flourish with possibility. Call Susan Berlin at Susan Berlin & Associates and take the hand of someone who can help you walk through this journey to a better life.


Ashley Madden, the author of this post, is a talented writer that works for Lakeview Health as their Aftercare Coordinator. She is a person in long-term recovery and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in mental health counseling.  Her passion and dedication to the field of addiction and recovery moves me, as do her words.