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Although marijuana is now legal in 11 states and medically legal in many more, it is still a substance that can lead to addiction. The problem with marijuana legalization is the advertisement on social media. Marijuana on social media can easily influence young people and reduce the negative image it holds in society.
Although marijuana use does not develop into a problem for everyone, some people struggle hugely with marijuana addiction. Marijuana can control and rip away life as they know it.
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What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is the flower of either Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa. Many people smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes, but it can also be smoked through pipes, water pipes, or rolled in cigar wraps. Also able to be brewed into a tea, marijuana is typically sold or consumed for medicinal purposes in foods.
These foods are known as edibles and are typically in the form of brownies, cookies, or candies. Vaporizers are a newer method of consuming marijuana.
What is THC?
The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana is responsible for most of the intoxicating effects. It is called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, known more commonly as THC. This chemical is in the resin produced by the leaves and buds of the female cannabis plant. Marijuana also contains more than 500 other chemicals, and 100 of them relate chemically to THC.
These chemicals are known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids can be a cause of cancer when smoked. Ingesting marijuana and THC is not known to be a cause of cancer.
What is CBD?
Also known as Cannabidiol, CBD is the non-psychoactive compound in marijuana that comes from the hemp plant. The hemp plant has been approved by the FDA to treat conditions like pain, insomnia, and anxiety. It is not addictive and does not provide the user with a “high” as THC does.
In the last few years, cannabis processing has advanced. This advancement has created a market for concentrated products such as oil to be made from CBD. Rosin is a sap-like product that is created by heat and pressure. Rosin production has created the opportunity to ingest CBD more cleanly and in safer methods.
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What is Involved With Drug Rehab for Marijuana?
Most drug rehab for marijuana involves therapy. This therapy aims to provide you with the resources to cope with or avoid triggers to use marijuana. The main purpose is to avoid relapse when presented with the opportunity to use it.
Is Marijuana Addictive?
Advocates for the drug do not believe so and would argue it is a drug that is organic, harmless, and safe. But this is not entirely true. Studies suggest that 9% of people who abuse marijuana will develop an addiction eventually. This risk rises by 8% when users begin their use while teens.
The risk rises even more, to 25-50%, for those who use the drug every day. Marijuana does not cause the withdrawal symptoms of heroin or cocaine, but it can be habitually addictive and cause physical withdrawal symptoms.
Effects of Marijuana Abuse
There are both short-term and long-term effects of marijuana abuse. Some of these range from very mild, while others are a bit more intense and dangerous.
- Short-term memory problems
- Very bad anxiety that can lead to paranoia
- Odd, strange behavior
- Seeing, hearing, or smelling things that are not there, including hallucinations
- Not being able to tell imagination from reality, known as psychosis
- Lowered reaction time
- Increased heart rate
- Risk of stroke
- Problems with coordination
- Unable to drive safely
- Erectile disfunction
- Decline in IQ, up to 8 points for heavy users that began as an adolescent
- Poor school performance
- Higher chance of dropping out of school
- Impaired thinking
- Inability to perform complex tasks
- Potential development of opiate abuse to keep chasing the high
- Antisocial behavior such as stealing money or lying
- Financial difficulties
- Greater chances of being unemployed or unable to keep a job
Withdrawal From Marijuana
Withdrawal does not always occur when decreasing marijuana use; it depends on an individual’s usage and dependency level. For some people, a decrease in use may only result in minor physical and psychological discomfort. This discomfort might include headaches or restlessness.
For those with a severe addiction, more intense withdrawal symptoms may occur. These symptoms can include sweating, fever, chills, or hallucinations. The longer you have used the drug, the more severe the symptoms will be. Not all people who use this drug will experience withdrawal, and most symptoms will subside after about a month.
The most common mild symptoms include:
- Mood swings
- Feeling agitated or irritable
- Stomach pains
- Appetite loss
- Weight loss
- Insomnia or fatigue
Do I Need Detox for Marijuana Withdrawal?
Withdrawal from this drug can be uncomfortable, but you should go through a medically supervised detox if you have a co-occurring disorder. A co-occurring disorder might include addiction to other types of drugs or alcohol or mental health conditions.
Specifically, if you are addicted to benzodiazepines or alcohol, your marijuana withdrawal experience might be even worse than normal. By going through medical detox, you can slowly ease off of it and reduce your usage.
Medical staff can take care of any additional symptoms you have in a safe environment and prevent you from using it. Recovering at a rehab center helps to prevent relapse.
Other reasons you might choose a detox program:
- Having a mental disorder that co-occurs with your addiction: Since many people use this drug to self-medicate a mental health problem, medical detox focuses on both of these struggles.
- After you have made multiple attempts to quit the drug but are unable to do so: Since habitual instinct can be hard to break, it is easier to do so with the help of medical professionals.
- If you do not live in a stable or substance-free environment: If your living situation encourages you to use substances, quitting your addiction can feel impossible. Going through a detox program can provide a safe place to get sober.
Signs You May Need Addiction Treatment for Marijuana
- You have cravings for the drug
- You have developed a tolerance for the drug
- Your tolerance has led to the need to take higher doses of the drug
- You hoard the drug
- You spend money that should go to household expenses on the drug
- You avoid work, hobbies, or social situations that do not involve the drug to use the drug
- You are taking risks while using the drug
- You have attempted to stop using the drug and failed.
- You need to use the drug either daily or several times per day
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Although marijuana is powerful, and it can cause addictions, you are never alone in overcoming it. If you or someone you love is struggling to stop marijuana use, call us at Resurgence Behavioral Health.
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