Understanding Marijuana Addiction

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The most commonly used illegal substance in America is marijuana. This substance consists of the dried leaves of a bushy plant, and they are typically rolled into cigars as well as cigarettes and then smoked. When someone smokes marijuana, they will experience a euphoric and relaxing high, which will alter their memory, senses, perception of time and motor skills.

In some states in America, marijuana has recently become legal, which makes it a controversial substance. There are some medicinal benefits to marijuana, such as appetite stimulation, nausea and vomiting control and pain relief. For this reason, medical marijuana is allowed in the following states:

  • Washington
  • Vermont
  • Rhode Island
  • Puerto Rico
  • Pennsylvania
  • Oregon
  • Ohio
  • North Dakota (pending)
  • New York
  • New Mexico
  • New Jersey
  • New Hampshire
  • Nevada
  • Montana
  • Minnesota
  • Michigan
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Illinois
  • Hawaii
  • Guam
  • Florida
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Delaware
  • Connecticut
  • Colorado
  • California
  • Arkansas (pending)
  • Arizona
  • Alaska

Some of these states also allow for the recreational use of marijuana, including:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Given the recent legal status of the substance in many states, the question about whether or not marijuana is addictive is on many people’s minds. This is a controversial question, but the short answer is yes, marijuana can be addictive. Fortunately, however, marijuana treatment is available.

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a substance that comes from the cannabis sativa plant. When people are talking about marijuana, they are typically talking about the flowers, dried leaves, seeds and stems of the plant. The chemical in the plant that produces the high feeling is called THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.

There are several ways that people consume marijuana: smoking a marijuana cigarette that is called a joint, smoking dried cannabis in a water pipe or glass pipe, consuming edibles like gummy candies or cookies and smoking cannabis resins, which is known as dabbing.

There are many street names for marijuana including:

  • Weed
  • Pot
  • Mary Jane
  • Reefer
  • Herb
  • Bud
  • Kush
  • Grass
  • Ganja
  • Dope
  • Hemp
  • Puff
  • Hash
  • Blaze
  • J
  • Wax
  • Shatter
  • Dabs

The Risks of Marijuana Addiction

While the addiction to marijuana is not as common as alcohol addiction or opiate addiction, it can be risky for the person who is abusing the substance and also the loved ones of the person using it. Marijuana addiction has a number of risks that include:

  • Decreased energy
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Risk of lung cancer
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased risk of heart attack
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Mental impairment

Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

While marijuana withdrawal symptoms are not as dangerous as alcohol withdrawal symptoms or benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms, it can still be an uncomfortable process for a person to stop using marijuana.

Some marijuana withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fever
  • Low appetite or weight loss
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Shakiness
  • Extreme sweating
  • Stomach pain

These symptoms are more severe the longer a person has been using marijuana or if the person used a large amount of marijuana. Detox centers are available to assist medically with withdrawal symptoms. It is also possible for patients to go through detox in treatment centers where they will be able to begin a treatment program immediately.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment

There is a popular misconception that you cannot become addicted to marijuana. However, marijuana addiction and marijuana use disorder are very real issues that need to be addressed. Drug addiction is a medical disease that must be treated. Drug addiction rehabilitation is often needed. This is typically provided in the form of an inpatient treatment program, a partial hospitalization program and/or an outpatient treatment program at a treatment center like The Recovery Village Ridgefield.

The Recovery Village Ridgefield is located only 30 minutes from Portland, Oregon and less than three hours from Seattle, Washington. The addiction specialists and medical professionals on staff here understand what you are going through and are committed to helping you overcome marijuana addiction.

If you are considering seeking treatment for your marijuana addiction, give us a call. One of our addiction specialists is available to speak with you 24 hours a day in a 100% confidential conversation. It’s never too late to ask for the help that you deserve.

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