Not only is marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in America, but many people mistakenly believe marijuana isn’t really a “serious” problem. These days, marijuana is far more potent than the what Baby Boomers remember from the ’60s, and marijuana addiction can ruin lives. For help finding marijuana addiction treatment, call Treatment Solutions at 877-640-1943.
What is marijuana?
Marijuana is a green, brown or gray mixture of dried shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers from the hemp plant (or Cannabis sativa). The term “Cannabis,” according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, refers to both marijuana, as well as other drugs made from the same plant such as sinsemilla, hashish and hash oil.
The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).
Street names for marijuana include: Pot, Weed, Bud, Ganja, Grass, Hash, Herb, Mary Jane, Reefer, Dope and Chronic.
How is marijuana consumed?
Most marijuana users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette called a “joint.” Marijuana can also be smoked in a water pipe known as a “bong,” mixed into food or brewed as tea. Some users, instead of cigarette paper, roll loose marijuana into cigars called “blunts.”
How widespread is marijuana addiction?
According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 15 million Americans aged 12 or older reported marijuana use in the previous month, earning marijuana the title of the most-used illicit drug in the nation. Psychotherapeutic drugs, with more than 6 million users, placed a distant second.
What are marijuana’s short-term effects?
Marijuana produces a high that lasts approximately several hours. During that intoxication period, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, users experience some or all of the following:
- Distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch)
- Trouble with thinking and problem solving
- Loss of motor coordination
- Increased heart rate
- Dry mouth and throat
What are marijuana’s long-term effects?
Marijuana smoke, according to National Institute on Drug Abuse, contains some of the same cancer-causing compounds as tobacco, and sometimes in even higher concentrations. Studies show that someone who smokes five joints per week may be taking in as many cancer-causing chemicals as someone who smokes a full pack of cigarettes every day. In addition to the risk of lung cancer, long-term marijuana users may experience the following:
- Additional stress on the heart, which is a particular concern to users who already suffer from high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries or are prone to strokes.
- Reproductive system problems. Marijuana suppresses the production of male sex hormones, shrinks the testes, and inhibits sperm production. Marijuana has also been shown to inhibit ovulation in women.
- Difficulty concentrating and short-term memory loss
- A weakened immune system. THC has been found to impair the body’s natural disease-fighting abilities, increasing the risk of bacterial infections and tumors.
In 2006, marijuana was involved in 290,563 U.S. emergency room visits, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network. For more information on marijuana, call us today at 877-640-1943.
What are the risks of marijuana addiction during pregnancy?
According to a study from Vanderbilt University, marijuana use at the time of conception and early in pregnancy prevents embryos’ safe passage from the ovary to the uterus, resulting in increased instances of early pregnancy failure. Other studies have shown marijuana use during pregnancy increases the child’s risk of leukemia, and may also hurt the child’s nervous system development. Those nervous system problems could hurt the child’s ability to focus their attention and solve problems in school.
Why is marijuana addiction so hard to overcome?
Marijuana, when used over a long period of time, leaves the addict both physically and psychologically hooked. Marijuana potency has also more than doubled since 1983, according to a report released by the White House in 2003.
Marijuana users who stop taking the drug often experience some or all of the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Intense craving to smoke marijuana again
These symptoms typically last for a week or two before subsiding.
Marijuana addiction treatment can reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms.
During marijuana addiction treatment, clients are offered medications and counseling that make the difficult withdrawal process easier, lessoning and/or eliminating withdrawal symptoms. After withdrawal, or detox, is complete, individual and group counseling sessions teaches ways to stay clean and sober for good, and promotes strategies for relapse prevention and information on helpful, local support groups.
Overcoming addiction isn’t easy, but you don’t have to fight this battle on your own. If you or your loved one is ready to quit smoking pot, Treatment Solutions offers a free referral service to the best marijuana addiction treatment centers available. Call us today at 877-640-1943.
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