Marijuana Addiction: Weeding Out Dependence
Patrick Stewart. George Clooney. Rihanna. Brad Pitt. Justin Bieber. Snoop Dogg. Jennifer Aniston. Oprah Winfrey. Miley Cyrus.
What does marijuana addiction or its use have to do with these famous people? They are not just A-listers but confirmed potheads or have tried marijuana when they were younger. Just like them, 11 million young adults from 18 to 25 years old were known to have taken marijuana in 2014, according to the report of Substance Abuse Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health survey results.
Marijuana is perhaps the most common form of illegal substance known to man. You roll a joint, smoke it, and enjoy feeling high. However, excessive marijuana intake can lead to substance use disorder or simply put, marijuana addiction.
If you or your loved one has become a marijuana addict, come to us at Stonegate Center and we will discuss options on how you can overcome your addiction. You will find our sprawling center just a mere 30 minutes outside Fort Worth, Texas. Let’s have a look on what is marijuana and how it can lead to addiction.
Marijuana is Mind-Altering
The general cannabis plant has been known for its ancient and religious uses. Cannabis was believed to have originated from Central Asia and spread over to parts of Africa, Europe, and eventually, the U.S. History showed that cannabis had many uses including industrial, (its hemp is a raw material for rope, paper or cloth), recreation, religious practices, and medical.
However, what was originally intended for good use came to be abused. In modern times, marijuana has been utilized beyond medical or industrial purposes. With THC as main driver of intoxication, more people have enjoyed it for its recreational use that sometimes led to addiction.
Marijuana is associated with many names.
Referring to the substance itself:
Referring to the way marijuana is smoked:
Two-Pronged: Legal and Illegal Marijuana
Marijuana was made illegal in most countries during the 20th century. In the U.S., it is still largely illegal but the use for medical purpose is legal in some states. For states where medical marijuana is legal, a person should carry a card that indicates use for a clear medical reason. If a person is found carrying, using or selling marijuana other than for medical use, he or she may be prosecuted for possession. There are different laws and corresponding penalties for illegal possession of marijuana depending on American states.
The excessive use of marijuana has been proven to lead to addiction. As such, Stonegate Center is ready to speak to you or your loved one regarding treatment options. The privacy of its location is also very conducive to one’s journey in recovery.
Rise of THC Extracts
Heard of hash? This is a very potent form of marijuana wherein THC-rich resins extracted from the plant is smoked. This practice, called dabbing, is on the rise. These extracts are quite dangerous due to extremely large amounts of THC absorbed by the body. In fact, this abuse has led some people to the emergency room.
These resin extracts come in various forms, such as:
- Hash oil or honey oil
- Wax or budder
Effects of Marijuana Addiction
There have been various studies that show marijuana is addictive. But just how exactly does it affect the body?
The most common effects of marijuana are:
- Altered senses
- Impaired body movement
- Mood changes
- Impaired thinking and memory
Marijuana addiction may cause physical and mental effects, such as:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Nausea and vomiting
- Temporary hallucinations
- Worsening symptoms among schizophrenic patients
A person suffering from marijuana addiction also has a lower quality of life due to poorer mental and physical health, and experience relationship problems.
Call for Help
It’s better to seek early intervention than wait until it’s too late. Substance abuse ruins lives, relationships, families, careers and causes serious health problems. Help is only a call away, so don’t hesitate to ask for help. It’s better to address addiction early on before it spirals out of control. We urge you to visit our contact page or call our 24/7 helpline at (817) 993-9733 as your first step towards recovery.
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Stonegate Center is structured as a 90-day residential treatment program. We recognize that not all prospective clients can to commit to that length of stay. We require a 45-day minimum commitment with options to extend care based off medical necessity.
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