Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Marijuana, formally known as cannabis, is a drug derived from the cannabis plant.

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal substance in the United States, as per the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Another study, quoting statistics from other research, shows that 1 in 11 users of marijuana from age 15 or older become addicted. It is also the second leading substance for which people receive treatment for drug or substance abuse, according to this report.

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Marijuana is actually used in some places for its medicinal properties. It helps people dealing with chronic pain and even muscle spasms. It is also sometimes used for helping patients in chemotherapy. In fact, some studies have found that cannabis and cannabinoids (drugs from cannabis) are effective in dealing with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Studies have also been inconclusive if it helps heal with Post-traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD).

 

What Are The Effects Of Marijuana Use?

In the short term, intake of marijuana directly can:

  • A jump in the heart rate: Normally, the heart beats around 70 to 80 beats per minute. Within a few minutes of taking in marijuana, the heart may beat as fast as 90 to 130 beats per minute,
  • A euphoric and calming “high,”
  • Most of the muscles get into a relaxed phase,
  • Hunger pangs or an increase in appetite,
  • Higher sensory perceptions, like colors, are now more vivid,
  • A state of continuous laughing,
  • Changes in the subjective perception of time.

 

If the cannabis was consumed through eating or drinking, like in a brownie or as an ingredient in a beverage, the onset of effects may be delayed by 30 minutes to an hour. Smoking cannabis results in a more or less immediate onset of effects. While the effects of taking marijuana generally last an hour to three hours, some trace amounts can still be found in the body for days, sometimes even weeks.

Marijuana use can bring some unwanted effects. These are:

  • Difficulty in breathing. Sometimes, the respiratory system is impaired. People who are using marijuana long-term may get a chronic cough and are at a higher risk for lung infections.
  • Due to the increase in heart beats per minute, this may increase the risk of cardiovascular attacks. In fact, it may worsen any existing cardiovascular problems.
  • Dependency on the substance may occur. Intense craving may come and make everyday life more difficult for those who suffer from marijuana addiction disorders.
  • Memory and mental health may be affected. Some cases have led to schizophrenia.

 

What Can Be Done To Help Those Suffering From a Marijuana Abuse Disorder?

Ranch Creek Recovery is a holistic addiction treatment center that employs both traditional and alternative therapies to help people suffering from any substance addiction disorders. While many reject the idea that marijuana is an addictive drug, our “body, mind, and spirit” recognized that psychological addiction is very possible and can be difficult to break. Our empathetic and experienced staff works with each patient closely to develop a treatment plan which is fine-tuned for his or her individual recovery needs. We also employ other more holistic therapies like equine-assisted therapy and gong sound therapy with more conventional techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy and group therapy. Call today to find out how to get started on marijuana addiction treatment.

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