Marijuana Addiction Facts
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a natural plant-sourced substance used as an intoxicant. Marijuana’s leaves, stems, seeds and roots are used in a variety of ways. Marijuana is usually smoked to get high. It has many chemical compounds. The one cited most often if THC, medically listed as tetrahydrocannabinol — where the term cannabis is derived.
How is Marijuana Used?
While it can be found in oil form, its most common use is the smoking of its leaves in a small cigarette called a joint. The ground-up leaves can also be smoked in a pipe-like contraption called a bong that delivers a higher initial dose per inhalation. Marijuana can also be ingested with food, and marijuana “cookies” and “brownies” are often served at parties.
Some users inhale the airborne compounds of marijuana sans smoke with a vaporizer — hence, “vaping.” Yet another method is to dip a tobacco cigarette into or coat it with marijuana oil. Some users report the effects of doing so are much greater than smoking a joint, often too much so. Active repeated use leads to marijuana addiction.
Marijuana Addiction Symptoms
Limited and chronic marijuana use has a range of symptoms, most rather unpleasant. A pot user can develop anxiety and become depressed and paranoid. Two of the most trumpeted effects are short-term memory loss, or forgetfulness, insomnia and increased appetite. The latter is referred to as “the munchies.” Red, dry eyes, a dry mouth and dizziness, especially in a new user, can result.
The only upside — if it can be called that — is that many of these symptoms lessen in intensity a few hours if marijuana use is abated. However, ass use grows, so does tolerance, and tolerance results in dependence wherein the effects of these symptoms are mitigated. Marijuana addiction has also been linked to increased risk of diabetes, liver diseases and low testosterone levels.
Marijuana Addiction Withdrawal
Physical side effects of marijuana withdrawal aren’t as temporary as once touted. The most immediate effects will subside within weeks. The non-physical effects will be harder to undo. The resultant anxiety may not go away, and the same goes for depression, social aversion and other tendencies. Prolonged use won’t be without some aftereffects. Carcinogens are present in pot smoke as with any cigarette, and smoke inhalation can contribute to the usual suspects like shortness of breath, pneumonia and emphysema.
Marijuana Addiction Treatment
Marijuana addiction recovery is a gradual process. Its duration depends on the individual and the term and severity of use of the drug. Marijuana Addiction Treatment is the actual procedure, and recovery will only be the result when it is deemed successful.
Marijuana Anonymous exists along with other support groups to implement twelve-step recovery models similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Impatient and outpatient rehab sessions can ensure marijuana addiction recovery without the likelihood of relapse. Marijuana addiction treatment also exists in the form of behavioral therapy to curb associative impulses that might otherwise pave the way for a relapse. It cannot be stated enough that marijuana addiction treatment is a ladder that must be climbed to reach normalcy in an experienced user.