Making the Decision to Quit Marijuana

Making the Decision to Quit Marijuana

Classified as a mind-altering intoxicant, stimulant, psychedelic and depressant, marijuana has a direct effect on all parts of the body. The reason that marijuana has a universal impact on the body is because the main active chemical in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), binds to the protein receptors in nerve cells and is absorbed by the fatty tissues in various organs of the body. Although use affects the entire body, the brain is the most impacted as marijuana influences pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, time perception and movement.

Impact of Marijuana Abuse

The physical impacts of marijuana abuse include the following:

  • Blood shot eyes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Respiratory problems
  • Increased risk of lung infection
  • Impaired immune system

The mental impacts of marijuana abuse include the following problems:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty with learning
  • Impaired memory
  • Distortion of perception
  • Decreased problem-solving skills
  • Lack of alertness
  • Trouble organizing and using information.
  • Forgetfulness

The social and behavioral impacts of marijuana abuse include the following:

  • Rapid, loud talking and bursts of laughter
  • Feeling sleepy
  • Emitting an odor similar to burnt rope
  • Distorted sense of time
  • Craving for sweets
  • Increased appetite

Marijuana Withdrawal Effects

When a person decides to discontinue using marijuana, some of the withdrawal symptoms may include the following conditions:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Aggression and irritability
  • Extreme cravings

Why Do Teens Abuse Marijuana?

Being the most used drug by teens, much research has been done to understand why teens abuse marijuana. Most of the findings are not surprising and include the following motivating factors:

  • Curiosity
  • Desire to fit into a social group
  • Copying older siblings or friends who are using
  • Peer pressure
  • Being cool
  • Escape from problems at school, home life, or with friends
  • Pursuit of pleasure and reduction of pain

Benefits of Quitting Marijuana Abuse

Both teen and adult abusers of marijuana can receive significant benefits from quitting including the following:

  • Save money. Some abusers spend as much as $20 per day on marijuana. Teens with limited funding are at risk of stealing or other illegal ways to make money.
  • Better health. You have greater stamina and more desire to exercise and eat well.
  • Improved relationships. You have a greater opportunity to have constructive, positive relationships with family members, friends, colleagues and teammates.
  • Improved sleep patterns. While smoking marijuana may give you the sense that it is helping you fall asleep, it does the opposite and interrupts your sleep cycle. Getting a good night’s sleep helps you stay healthy and reduces stress.
  • Balanced emotional state. People who smoke marijuana for a long period of time may suffer from anxiety and uncontrollable mood swings.
  • Increased opportunities. When you stop smoking marijuana, you have more interest in other things in life, you have increased mental capacity to learn new things and you have more drive to complete tasks.

Get Help for Marijuana Addiction

Determining when marijuana has moved from therapeutic benefit for pain management to abuse is often difficult to do. However, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about marijuana addiction treatment. We are here to help.