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Treatment for Marijuana Addiction...

At Active Recovery Solutions, we understand how marijuana addiction can affect your life. We will tailor an innovative treatment program that will address your needs— body, mind, and spirit—so you can get your life back on track. Your individualized drug rehab program might include outpatient detox, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and a wide array of other treatment services designed to ensure you receive world-class addiction treatment and achieve sustained recovery.

How Marijuana Addiction Can Happen

Marijuana is the most popular recreational drug used in society today, and it knows no barriers in terms of age, race, sex, or social status. 41.5% of the U.S. population over the age of 12 has used marijuana at least once in their lifetime. Although some states have decriminalized the use of marijuana with a doctor’s prescription for medical necessity, it still remains a controlled substance.

Marijuana is composed from a mixture of the stems, seeds and flowers of the Cannabis sativa hemp plant. The primary method of use is smoking it as a rolled cigarette or “joint,” in a pipe, or in a water pipe known as a bong. It can also be ingested orally as a concentrated liquid in tincture form, or by cooking it in food or tea. Typically, the effects of the drug last longer with oral ingestion. Marijuana is known by many names, such as weed, dope, grass, pot, ganja and hash. There are also trademarked names for its many varieties, including Blue Dream, Northern Lights, etc. Hashish is a highly concentrated resin extracted from the bud of the female plant that is used either in clumps that are smoked alone or added to pot, or as a sticky, tar-like liquid ingested by itself or in beverages.

Although there are over 400 chemicals in a marijuana plant, the one responsible for altering brain function is THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Marijuana growers genetically enhance their plants to increase its levels of TCH, making it even more powerful and addictive.

When marijuana is smoked, THC travels from the lungs into the bloodstream, carrying the chemical throughout the body to the brain. When it reaches the brain, THC binds to specific cannabinoid receptors on the nerve cells that influence pleasure, memory, concentration, coordination, and perception of time. This cellular reaction in the brain’s pleasure centers is what causes the high. THC also binds to the fatty tissues in the body, and therefore can be detected in users for weeks after it has been used.

Common Misconceptions about Marijuana

Part of marijuana’s widespread appeal is based on the misconception that it’s a “safe” drug. Although most people don’t think it’s addictive, nearly 4.3 million Americans are using it at abusive or dependency levels.

Marijuana is a psychotropic drug, the effects of which can be mildly psychedelic. Although the high usually brings feelings of relaxation and sensuous pleasure, users may also experience extreme paranoia and anxiety. It’s also considered a “gateway” drug, which means it often leads to the use of other more dangerous drugs, such as heroin or cocaine.

Physical Side Effects of Marijuana Use

In the short-term, marijuana causes reddening of the eyes, burning or irritation of the mouth and throat, suppression of motor control and loss of coordination, distorted perception, and increased heart rate.

Since marijuana contains 3-5 times the level of carbon monoxide than tobacco, it damages the lungs and respiratory tissues, which can lead to chronic bronchitis and even cancer. It also causes an increased risk for heart attack due to its effect on blood pressure and heart rate. Repeated use of marijuana can lead to infertility in females and a drastic decrease in sperm count in males.

Long-term marijuana use causes changes in brain pathways that are consistent with the use of other major drugs. The cumulative effect can impair one’s cognitive abilities, causing memory loss, difficulty concentrating or processing information, and lack of judgment. However, studies have proven that some cognitive abilities may be restored after discontinuing marijuana use.

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