Women and Marijuana Addiction

Women and Marijuana Addiction

According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. It is used most commonly among adolescents and young adults, and is used by both men and women. But each group who uses this drug has unique reasons for use and unique dangers to their bodies and minds.

How Marijuana Affects Everyone

Marijuana use affects the brain and body. The chemical THC enters the bloodstream and affects the brain’s reward system, causing euphoria and relaxation. Marijuana use can impair judgment, cause memory problems, and affect the part of the brain associated with coordination and balance. It can also cause short-term psychosis including hallucinations and delusions. Users can also suffer from heart issues, sleep problems, reproductive problems, respiratory problems, and addiction.

Some people use marijuana for a long time and do not experience the worst of these negative effects. Others experience them with inconsistent use. Each case of marijuana dependence and addiction is different. Likewise, the most common motivations behind use and certain resulting negative effects differ between men and women.

How and Why Do Women Use Marijuana?

In 2009, a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that 8 million America women smoked marijuana in the last year. Among them were many upper class women who indulged in the habit to relax after work or other responsibilities. Many adults who smoke marijuana believe it improves their cognitive functioning, social interactions, and self-awareness. But researchers argue that it clouds perceptions, acting as a buffer for individuals who do not want to face their problems. Users often believe their perceptions of themselves are strong while high, but research suggests otherwise.

Women are becoming more and more open to admitting to marijuana use. Female celebrities often feel they have nothing to hide, and the habit does not seem to carry the same weighty legal consequences it once did. But what are women risking when they use marijuana?

Like men, women’s primary reasons for marijuana abuse include social relaxation and coping with negative circumstances. But some studies suggest that marijuana use may have more noticeable effects on women than on men. Among these are the effects on the reproductive system, including:

  • Fertility – marijuana use disrupts the menstrual cycle
  • Pregnancy and birth – disrupts the supply of oxygen and nutrients to fetus
  • Breast milk – THC passes from the mother to the baby through breast milk

Women who smoke marijuana should understand the risk to their mental and physical health of chronic use.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment for Women

During marijuana addiction treatment, women are offered medications, counseling, and therapy that help them not only get marijuana out of their systems, but also face the underlying issues that led to use and addiction.

Help for Marijuana Addiction

If you or a loved one is addicted to marijuana, call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator about your treatment options. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the personalized treatment you deserve. Please call today.