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 the marijuana addiction treatment program at Addiction Rehab Centers today by calling 844.910.0686.
What Is Marijuana?
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:
- Mary Jane
If you or someone you love is using or abusing marijuana, finding treatment is critical.
Is Marijuana Addictive?
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.
Common Marijuana Drug Combinations
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:
- Combining marijuana with benzodiazepines (such as Xanax and valium), alcohol or opioids may result in extreme drowsiness. The person should not drive or get into other potentially harmful situations. If the individual doesn’t take precautions, the results can be fatal.
- Combining marijuana with diabetes drugs or insulin can be dangerous since it can mess with blood glucose levels. If a person is prescribed marijuana for medical use, they must talk to their doctor to adjust the doses accordingly.
- Combining marijuana with anti-inflammatory or anti-coagulant drugs can make a person bleed profusely
If you’re using marijuana in combination with other substances, our addiction treatment programs can help.
Contact Addiction Rehab Centers Today
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:
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Holistic therapy
- Biofeedback therapy
To learn about the benefits of our marijuana addiction treatment program, please contact Addiction Rehab Centers today at 844.910.0686.