What Happens When Marijuana Addicts Don’t Get Treatment?

What Happens When Marijuana Addicts Don’t Get Treatment?

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 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.

What Is Marijuana Burnout?

Whether you are a marijuana user yourself or a concerned friend, you probably know the stereotypes about marijuana and those who use it regularly. Sadly, the stereotypes exist because they are based largely in reality. The image of the stoner on the couch, munching on chips, unmotivated to do anything at all, may not apply to everyone – but anyone can end up there. While marijuana has not been shown to be physically addictive, many users report a psychological and emotional attachment to the drug that is just as powerful.

Long-term use can destroy a person’s ambition and take away her motivation to do much of anything. The term ‘burnout’ was actually coined by marijuana users themselves. It refers to the state of long-term users who have become slow, dull. These individuals are often zoned-out and sometimes seemingly unaware that people around them are even interacting with them.

Health Effects of Marijuana Abuse

Unfortunately, many people underestimate how detrimental marijuana use can be to the body. For whatever reason, many people do not think of marijuana as being as harmful as cigarettes. The truth is, however, that marijuana smoke contains more cancer-causing agents than tobacco smoke. Additionally, marijuana can be worse on a person’s lungs because it is rarely, if ever, filtered like some cigarettes. Like cigarettes, the damage done by marijuana on the lungs, and other parts of the body including the heart, only increases the longer a person goes without quitting and/or getting treatment. Studies have even found that marijuana can affect a person’s fertility as well, and can cause premature birth and low birth weight if used by pregnant women.

Get Help and Get Treatment for Marijuana Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with marijuana abuse, we want to help. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with an addiction counselor. Waiting another day, or another week, or another month only continues the damage being done to your body and your mind. Marijuana has effectively stolen the futures of too many people. Take yours back. Treatment, recovery and a drug-free future are priceless. Call today.