1- A. (2018, November 19). Marijuana Addiction and Abuse – Understanding Marijuana Abuse. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.addictioncenter.com/drugs/marijuana/
Background- The article discussed what marijuana is and how it affects the body and brain once the smoke is inhaled. It also explained how someone can abuse the drug and become addicted to it. The article also explained how to treat a marijuana addiction.
How I Used It- I used this article for my rebuttal part. It allowed me to explain how someone can abuse the drug. I was able to use a statistic to show the number of Americans that abuse weed.
2- Anxiety Causes & Effects | Covington Behavioral Health Hospital. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.covingtonbh.com/anxiety/signs-symptoms/
Background- The website provided mini-articles on the topic of anxiety. One article discussed what exactly is anxiety and all the different types a person could have. Another article explained the signs and symptoms that come along with the mental health disorder. Lastly, it discussed what can potentially cause anxiety.
How I Used It- The article helped me get a better understanding of what anxiety is and allowed me to explain it in detail for readers. I was able to provide the signs and symptoms for my paper.
3- Author, G. (2018, May 21). What You Need to Know About Anxiety Medication: Pros and Cons. Retrieved from https://www.rtor.org/2018/05/22/anxiety-medication-pros-and-cons/
Background- This article discusses the pharmaceutical medications used to treat anxiety. It also goes into detail about the pros and cons of using each type of anxiety medication.
How I Used It- This article helped me to explain to readers the positives for taking anti-anxiety medicine. It also allowed me to give more information on the medications, how they work, and all the varieties available.
4- Benzodiazepines (BZs). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.anxieties.com/157/benzodiazepines-bzs#.W9EljRNKhAY.
Background- This article discussed one of the many anti-anxiety medications. The medication that I focused on was Benzodiazepines. It explains the benefits and side effects of the medication. The author also talks about the advantageous and disadvantageous.
How I Used It- For my paper, I used the section that talked about Benzodiazepines. I was discussing why medications are the best way to help with anxiety. The article allowed me to show the percentage of people the medicine has helped. Having a statistic to show allowed for extra support for my point of view.
5- Bowden, E. (2018, November 26). Marijuana and Anxiety | Does Marijuana Help Anxiety or Cause it? Retrieved from http://www.therecoveryvillage.com/marijuana-addiction/marijuana-anxiety-marijuana-help-anxiety-cause/#gref.
Background- The article explains what weed is and how it interacts with the body and brain. It then goes on to explain what anxiety is and the different types. Finally, it explains the link between weed and anxiety. The article gives some effects of using weed for anxiety.
How I Used It- I used this article to further explain why not to use weed for helping with anxiety. The article allowed me to have a better understanding of why weed is bad for relieving anxiety. I was able to provide an example from the article(which was weed heightens anxiety) to help support my reasoning.
6- Brande, L. (2017, October 28). Marijuana History and Statistics. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://drugabuse.com/library/marijuana-history-and-statistics/
Background- This article provided the history on marijuana and how it began. The author gave statistics that on topics like who are abusing marijuana, countries using the most, youth and marijuana use, and explaining how dangerous it is.
How I Used It- This article was important to help get my point across that weed can be addictive. It provided me with many informative statistics that supported my point of view. I was able to use a statistic that explained how emergency room visits because of weed went up since 2004.
7- Cai, S. (2000). Physical Exercise and Mental Health: A Content Integrated Approach in Coping with College Sudents’ Anxiety and Depression. Retrieved December 1, 2018, from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.rowan.edu/docview/233005480/fulltextPDF/DF098503B6D14C46PQ/1?accountid=13605.
Background- The journal entry discussed how exercising could help those cope with anxiety. It also explains an experiment they put together to prove that exercising does help. The results showed that the group of students who had anxiety saw a decrease after weeks of doing relaxing exercises.
How I Used it– I used the article to help better prove that exercising does help cope with anxiety. It also allowed me to better understand the effects exercising has on anxiety. It provided me with an example that helped me better explain to the readers why it is good to exercise when you have anxiety.
8- DePietro, M. (n.d.). Marijuana Abuse and Addiction. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.healthline.com/health/marijuana-abuse-and-addiction
Background- The article discusses marijuana abuse and addiction. It provides a list of short-term and long-term symptoms that appear when the drug is being abused or someone is addicted. The author also explains what happens when teenagers start to abuse the drug. The article also gives ways on how to treat the abuse or addiction.
How I Used It- I used this article to further explain that marijuana abuse and addiction are possible. For one part of my paper, I was able to support how using the drug at a young can harm brain function. In another part of my paper, I provided a statistic from this article to show how many people get addicted to marijuana.
9- Harvard Health Publishing. (n.d.). Benzodiazepines (and the alternatives). Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Benzodiazepines_and_the_alternatives
Background- The article from Harvard Health explains the evolution of anti-anxiety medicine. It also explains how Benzodiazepines react with the brain and begin to calm the user. They talk about the pills absorption and its effects. The article goes into alternative treatments as well.
How I Used It- The article helped me to get a better understanding of how the medication works and reacts with the body and brain. I was able to use this article to help further explain how medications bring relief to people who have anxiety. The support helped to show that medications are fast acting and can help control anxiety compared to weed.
10- Marlow, A. (2017, May 24). 6 Daily Hacks That Help Manage High-Functioning Anxiety. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/hacks-high-functioning-anxiety#1
Background- This article discussed six ways to help with anxiety. The six ways were how to better cope with anxiety. Some of the ways are to come to terms with the disorder, having a mantra, and creating a support group. The article centered around self-helping ways and not medications.
How I Used It- I used this article to show the ways someone with anxiety can cope with their disorder. The six ways helped to further explain that coping with anxiety is possible and that medication is not always needed.
11- N. (2007, June). Weeding Out the Grass. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://d14rmgtrwzf5a.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/2463-brain-power-grades-6-9.pdf
Background- This article was more for a teacher to use with her students. It is composed of mini article and activities about the brain and substances. I focused on the article about weed. The article on weed explained what happens in each part of the brain when the drug is in your system. It also discussed neurotransmitter and the relationship between them and weed. The article went into detail about the effect of marijuana and withdrawal.
How I Used It- I used this article to further explain what happens to the brain and body functions when weed enters the body. It also allowed me to explain the rule THC plays in brain functionality.
12- Ncpic. (n.d.). Five reasons not to treat depression with weed. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://cannabissupport.com.au/news/weed-watch-blog/2016/august-2016/five-reasons-not-to-treat-depression-with-weed/
Background- The focus of this article is explaining why not to use weed to help with anxiety. It gives five examples of why using weed is a bad idea. The examples are it can lead to a dependency, not able to measure how much needs to be taken, a possibility of making the disorder worse, lead to bigger issues and can cause a different reaction for everyone.
How I Used It- The article helped me to prove once again that medication is better than weed. It helped me to get a better understanding of why weed is not the best option which allowed me to better explain it to the readers. I used the examples in the article to help prove my point. I specifically referenced that weed heightens anxiety and can bring about panic attacks.
13- Stoner, S. A. (2017, June). Effects of Marijuana on Mental Health: Anxiety Disorders. Retrieved from http://adai.uw.edu/pubs/pdf/2017mjanxiety.pdf
Background- The article discusses the connection between anxiety and weed. It also explains the benefit of using weed to help relieve anxiety. Part of the article goes into detail about the endocannabinoid system and what happens when someone has anxiety and when someone smokes weed. The other parts of the article discuss the data that what recorded on using weed as a treatment option.
How I Used It- I was not able to use the source in my research paper. After reading the article it informed me more on marijuana and what happens when it is smoked. It also helped me to better understand the relationship between weed and anxiety. I wasn’t able to use it because it did not support my argument.
14- Vestal, C. (2018, June 24). Marijuana addiction is real but many users don’t realize that. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/marijuana-addiction-is-real-but-many-users-dont-realize-that/2018/06/22/4c2f557c-6e5f-11e8-bd50-b80389a4e569_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0ba785d55218
Background- This article discussed marijuana addiction specifically in California. It also explains how the potency of weed has increased over the years. The author talks about how the National Institute on Drug Abuse is having a hard time convincing people weed is addictive. The article provides an interview from a California native who got addicted to weed and had to go to a rehab center.
How I Used It- I used this article in the part of my paper that discussed addiction. I specifically used the part of the interviewed kid. His experience allowed me to give a real-life example to my readers. The kid’s story also helped to further support my position on weed its ability to become addictive.
15- What is Addiction. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/addiction/what-is-addiction
Background- The article explains what addiction is and what happens when someone becomes addicted to a substance. It lists some effects that appear when substance abuse is happening. The author provided four categories of symptoms that follow a substance abuse. The article also goes into detail on how to treat an addiction and how to prevent one.
How I Used It- I used this article to help explain what an addiction is. The article allowed me to provide what regions of brain functionality become affected by substance addiction. This allowed me to connect it with weed and the parts of the brain that become affected when someone is addicted to the drug.