To millions of Americans, marijuana seems harmless. Some people consider it to be “non-addictive” as they know it can be used for medicinal purposes. There are seemingly no significant health risks the come with marijuana use. Marijuana, for these reasons, is the most commonly used illicit drug. In 2009, there were 16.7 million users in the United States, an increase from 15.2 million in 2008. In fact, 2.4 million of those marijuana users were under 18 the first time they tried the drug.
Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is addictive, and admissions to marijuana addiction programs have doubled in the last few years. Marijuana addiction, just like an addiction to any other drug, requires a professional detox program to give patients the best chance at recovery.
Marijuana is the plant Cannabis sativa. As aforementioned, it is commonly used throughout the United States. It can be smoked or ingested, and causes the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that produces euphoric effects. Marijuana also affects the areas of the brain that stimulate hunger and sleep, causing users to feel relaxed and have cases of the “munchies.”
Unlike some opiates and narcotics, marijuana is not physically addictive. Marijuana causes psychological addiction which results in an uncontrollable urge to obtain and use the drug. Marijuana addiction does not cause a physiological dependency in the body, but the person craves the drug because they wish to experience its effects. Marijuana can still cause tolerance, even though it is not physically addictive. Tolerance occurs when an individual no longer experiences the same effects after using marijuana for a longer period of time, and therefore must take a higher dosage.
What many marijuana users fail to understand is that long-term use comes with potentially serious complications. These complications can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
Marijuana is not a physically addictive substance, so it is treated differently than a physical addiction. Physical addictions cause physical withdrawal symptoms, but marijuana withdrawal is not the result of a physical dependency. Marijuana withdrawal causes psychological cravings, but it does not place the patient at risk. Therefore, marijuana rehab patients may consider outpatient treatment as a viable option for them. Outpatient programs are more flexible and less expensive than inpatient programs, and ideally suited for someone with a psychological drug addiction.
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