Recover From Marijuana Use

Recover From Marijuana Use

According to the United Nations 2010 World Drug Report, marijuana (cannabis) is the most widely used illicit substance in the world. Marijuana is most commonly seen in an herbal form consisting of cannabis leaves. Marijuana has become increasing prevalent in pop culture and is used by many people for a variety of reasons. While others use it recreationally, seeking a high, others attach spiritual significance to the drug while others use it for medicinal purposes. The primary active chemical in marijuana is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. For years the legal status of marijuana has been a topic of heated debate. While many argue that the drug is no more dangerous than alcohol, others say that it is a gateway drug, leading users to harder, more dangerous drug use.

Is Marijuana Addictive?

There are people, typically those who use marijuana, who argue that marijuana is not physically addictive. In some ways this is true, as marijuana is not associated with the same type of dependence as other drugs. Marijuana addiction is typically characterized as an emotional or psychological addiction. Most addiction experts agree, however, that this distinction is arbitrary and inconsequential. Regular marijuana users tend to exhibit many of the same characteristics seen in other drug users, such as change in social patterns, drug seeking behavior and a perceived need for the drug.

Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

Often the only evidence of physical dependence is the withdrawal symptoms that occur when use of a drug is discontinued. Despite arguments about whether or not marijuana is addictive, withdrawal symptoms exist and therefore point to addiction. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms can include the following:

  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Cravings for marijuana

Marijuana withdrawal symptoms can last over a month.

Marijuana Detoxification and Recovery

Marijuana detox is often dismissed as mild if not non-existent, because it does not always result in overt physical symptoms. While the symptoms that accompany marijuana detox are not dangerous or life-threatening, they are often enough to keep people from quitting the drug completely. For this reason, a rehab facility is still the best place to recover from marijuana use.

Because the struggles that come with marijuana withdrawals can be primarily psychological, therapy can be very helpful. A rehab facility can provide a relaxing environment and therapeutic support to take the place of the soothing effects of marijuana and allow for recovery.

Get Help and Recover from Marijuana Use

If you or someone close to you struggle with marijuana use and want to quit, we can help. Call our 24 hour toll-free helpline today to speak with a representative who can assist you in finding the treatment that’s right for you. Don’t let marijuana rob you of your ambitions and your dreams. Start recovering today. Call now.