In a 2016 article, “Why Weed is More Similar to Heroine and Cocaine Than You Think,” Suzannah Weiss states “new research has found that marijuana can affect the brain in a similar way to other addictive drugs like heroin and cocaine. This articles title should automatically be changed to “Why Weed is completely different than Heroine and Cocaine.” This article gives us a perfect example of not believing what we read. With the many studies that have been out there today, this new study from Columbia University Medical Center found that “weed can suppress the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that regulates the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.” However, this should not indicate that weed is somewhat similar to cocaine being that cocaine blocks the release of not only dopamine, but norepinephrine, and serotonin as well. Cocaine puts a sudden stop to this, resulting in serious outcomes. A study was done on 11 adults between the ages of 21 and 40, who smoked marijuana daily, making them dependent on the drug, in comparison to 12 others who were not addicted. I don’t believe this was necessarily a valid enough test to come to the conclusion that weed is similar to heroine and cocaine.
In addition, today it is very rare to hear that someone is in rehab due to an addiction to marijuana. On the other hand, it is quite common to hear of an individual in rehab due to an addiction to heroin. The constant injection can lead to great harm, including severe addiction and terrible withdrawal from the drug. Unlike marijuana, cocaine causes several health issues and can lead to death. BIG difference. This article is definitely not a reliable one, and marijuana and cocaine do, in fact, have their major differences.