STDs and Marijuana Addiction

STDs and Marijuana Addiction

Many people believe there are no negative side effects to using marijuana, but they are wrong. While considerably fewer problems accompany marijuana abuse as opposed to abusing other drugs, using this powerful mind-altering substance still causes considerable problems. In fact, people who abuse marijuana may experience a reduced sex drive, insomnia and other sleep disruptions, decreased immunity, heart problems and the possibility of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). However, rehab can address not only drug abuse, but also any co-occurring issue like an STD.

How Can Marijuana Users Contract STDs?

Smoking marijuana is a social experience for many users. It is a common practice for smokers to share blunts and pipes during smoking sessions, but this practice can spread oral herpes, an infection of the mouth. This virus can cause painful sores in the following areas:

  • Lips
  • Gums
  • Tongue
  • Roof of mouth
  • Inside cheeks
  • Face and neck

While some users prefer to take precautions from this by burning the end of a pipe before smoking after others, this practice can sometimes be seen as impolite, which discourages such prevention.

Not only can herpes spread through shared paraphernalia, marijuana can also affect the immune system’s ability to fight off the virus once it develops. Marijuana possesses immunosuppressive properties that make it more difficult for the body to fight infection. Additionally, smoking marijuana could prolong the infection and cause medications to be less effective. In short, marijuana abuse may not only lead to an STD, but it may also prolong the problem and make the body less capable to overcome it.

Marijuana abuse also increases the likelihood of risky behavior, especially in young people. It is a gateway drug that encourages the use of alcohol, more dangerous drugs and unhealthy sexual practices. Marijuana users may also be less likely to practice safe sex, which puts them more at risk for sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS. These problems can cause progressive failure of the immune system, thereby making STDs more likely to endure.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Marijuana addiction is largely psychological; people who depend on marijuana to function are addicted and will probably exhibit the following problems:

  • Compulsive drug-seeking behavior
  • Disregard for negative side effects
  • Decreased interest in activities and social events that do not involve marijuana

Marijuana addiction treatment will include a medically assisted detox and then psychological treatment for the patient. This treatment will involve counseling and other forms of therapy that will help patients expose the roots of their addictions to prevent it from occurring again.

Help for Marijuana Addiction

If you are addicted to marijuana and are ready for recovery, call our toll-free helpline to speak with a trained counselor about your treatment needs. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day, so don’t wait a moment longer to find professional help.