Marijuana Addiction and Treatment

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of dried flowers of cannabis sativa plant. People can take marijuana through smoking or eating cannabis-infused edibles. Despite the fact that marijuana contains over 400 chemicals, only two of them are very active namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC has psychoactive properties while CDD has non-psychoactive properties. Marijuana can be used for both medical and recreational purposes but recreational use is common and often results in marijuana abuse.

How does Marijuana Work?

The THC in marijuana is what makes marijuana users high. Human brain has chemicals similar to those of THC. Such striking similarities enable the human body to recognize THC and change how the brain functions and communicates. A lot of marijuana users have confessed that smoking or ingesting weed is relaxing or mellow and creates a feeling of light-headedness and haziness.

Marijuana contains several cannabinoids which affect your body’s cannabinoid receptors that are responsible for problem-solving, learning, short-term memory and learning.

Marijuana Tolerance

Unlike most Schedule 1 substances, marijuana tolerance is easier to overcome. But as the impact of drug varies from one individual to another, some will find it very difficult to overcome.

If you develop tolerance to marijuana, for the next dose you will need more marijuana to get to the current level of high.

Up to date, doctors haven’t yet found out why marijuana intolerance occurs. But the fact is that by developing intolerance it doesn’t necessarily mean you are addicted or you will develop intolerance.

What is Marijuana Abuse?

If you use marijuana for non-medical reasons then you are abusing it. Recent reports show that marijuana is the most commonly abused psychoactive drug in the US. As much as it is less dangerous than other Schedule 1 substances such as cocaine and heroin, Marijuana Abuse can cause serious negative side effects on your health.

Use of marijuana for recreational purpose has significantly increased in recent years. Some states such as California have legalized recreational marijuana use, increasing the risk of abuse.

Young people in the US are suffering from drug use so the nation needs to put more effort in its drug fight to salvage the otherwise lost generation.

Is Marijuana Dangerous?

The federal government classifies marijuana as Schedule 1 drug alongside heroin and cocaine, but some states have legalized use for medical and even recreational purposes.

Currently, 5 percent of weed addicts in the US are young people aged 24 and younger and the number is rising every day.

As much as marijuana is less toxic than other schedule one drugs, it has adverse effects such as distortions of space and time perceptions as well as impaired coordination, and all of these significantly contribute to traffic accidents and other accidents.

Contrary to what most students’ belief, marijuana use impairs learning and memory and problem-solving.

Should I Stop Taking Marijuana?

While many people say that there are no withdrawal symptoms for marijuana, many studies are opposed to this.

Regardless of whether the causes are psychological or physical, the results are physical. Some people have reported mental and emotional changes after stopping use of their drug of choice. Unfortunately, doctors and counselors rarely predict correctly before quitting individuals who will be uncomfortable or not. But good thing is most stoners are able to quit marijuana with minimal or no side effects.

If your career involves drug testing such as athletes, it is highly recommended that you avoid using weed as the THC in weed takes much longer to fully clear from the body than other conventional drugs. This means some parts of your body will retain the THC even for some months after you quit use, and may end up ruining your career.

If you have failed to fight the urge to fight urge to use marijuana, are seeking assistance how to decrease your use of cannabis, have decided to quit marijuana but have a problem coping with withdrawal symptoms, or have questions about your care or conditions, then you need to consult an expert to assist.

Who Abuses Marijuana?

Medical marijuana patients

As much as use of marijuana for medical purposes is legal in several states, some patients end up abusing marijuana. Patients might be tempted to overdose medical marijuana upon realizing that it makes them high as well as some few other benefits.

Others

Marijuana use is common among all groups of people. Now that more states are planning to legalize recreational weed, we expect to have more and more weed users.

Quitting Marijuana

Quittingmarijuana addiction is easier than cocaine, heroin and some Schedule 1 drugs so you may not necessarily need specialized attention. But if you ever find a problem you can always get help it.

Marijuana residues can store in your body’s fat residues indefinitely, more so fat soluble residues such as THC. These may later reactivate in your body and cause you to crave for marijuana as before. By getting a customized marijuana quitting plan you can completely get rid of all marijuana toxins lodged in your body.

By seeking professional help, you are assured of completely getting over marijuana to lead a happy and comfortable drug-free life.

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