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Marijuana is the most commonly abused substance in the United States, and after its legalization in certain states, the use has increased even further. It is relatively easy to access marijuana as compared to other drugs. The use of marijuana can cause several physical and mental side effects. Contrary to popular belief, regular use of marijuana can produce symptoms of dependence. If you’re battling an addiction to marijuana, please contact us to find out more about our substance abuse treatment program at Addiction Rehab Centers today by calling 844.910.0686.
Commonly, marijuana is called ‘pot’ or ‘weed,’ and it is obtained from a plant named ‘cannabis Sativa. The leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds of this plant can become a drug that people consume in several forms. The powdered form of the substance is dried marijuana. Marijuana is also available in a viscous, wax-like liquid called dab. This form contains excessive amounts of THC (delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main chemical associated with the feelings of euphoria produced by the drug. Most of the time, people consume marijuana by smoking dried leaves and stems of the plant. People also often use marijuana to make edibles such as brownies, gummies, etc.
There are several street names that people may call the drug. Some of them include:
If you or someone you love is using or abusing marijuana, finding treatment is critical.
Whether or not marijuana is addictive continues to be a controversial topic. Scientific research shows that it is possible to become addicted to marijuana, and roughly 30% of marijuana abusers end up developing dependence. The possibility of becoming addicted to it increases a great deal when someone starts using it at an early age.
The main chemical present in marijuana that causes addiction is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. When a person smokes marijuana, their lungs absorb the chemical into the blood. It reaches the brain through the bloodstream, where it produces its effects. THC causes the euphoric high that people use marijuana to obtain.
Continued use of marijuana is also associated with the development of tolerance. Tolerance is the earliest sign of addiction. Gradually, the brain becomes used to functioning in the presence of THC. When this chemical is not available, it fails to function normally and exhibits a violent reaction called withdrawal. At this stage, the patient needs proper treatment to make a successful recovery. So, marijuana is addictive, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse also considers it an addictive drug. However, some people are more likely to develop an addiction than other substances.
People often combine marijuana with other drugs to achieve a better and more potent high. An accidental combination is also possible when a patient takes medications for specific medical conditions and smokes marijuana afterward. A few combinations include:
If you’re using marijuana in combination with other substances, our addiction treatment programs can help.
At Addiction Rehab Centers, we’re committed to putting an end to marijuana’s hold on people’s lives. To that end, we provide a wide array of therapeutic options to help our patients overcome marijuana addiction. Our treatments include:
To learn about the benefits of our marijuana addiction treatment program, please contact Addiction Rehab Centers today at 844.910.0686.