Marijuana refers to the leaves, flowers, and extracts of the plant Cannabis sativa and several closely related species commonly known as hemp. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States and is known by a large variety of names including cannabis, pot, weed, grass, hash, and many others. It is grown widely across the globe and is the only major recreational drug grown within the US.
Continued use of marijuana has negative effects on all aspects of life. Here are the signs and behaviors to look for that constitute marijuana abuse:
- Loud talking and laughing during early states of intoxication.
- Memory loss or forgetfulness, impaired learning.
- Extreme tiredness.
- Inability to concentrate.
- Lack of coordination.
- Increased appetite, especially craving for sweets.
- Inability to stop using.
- Interferes with responsibilities.
- Lack of interest in hobbies.
- Feeling like using the drug will make you feel better or fix problems.
- Driving or doing other dangerous activity while under the influence.
- Spending most of the day thinking about or trying to obtain marijuana.
The precise effects an individual will experience using marijuana depends on how much marijuana is consumed, it’s potency and how it is ingested. Smoking produces euphoric effects quickly, sometimes within minutes. Eating marijuana-infused food causes the THC to be absorbed more slowly, with intoxication beginning between 30 minutes to 2 hours after ingestion, and the effects can be difficult for the user to predict. Marijuana can have negative effects on an individual’s physical and mental health, especially in someone who uses marijuana for a long period of time. Such negative effects include rapid heartbeat, anxiety, paranoia, weight gain from increased hunger, constant mucus-filled cough. Smoking marijuana allows more carcinogens into the lungs than cigarettes; therefore it has been attributed to lung cancer and other problems with the lungs. Studies have shown that continued marijuana abuse has serious effects on the brain. Like most other drugs of abuse, individuals who use marijuana for long periods of time can develop a dependence on it. Signs of dependence in a user include the need to use marijuana to cope with everyday tasks and the experience of cravings and anxiety when marijuana is not available.
The treatment for marijuana abuse and dependence has many similarities to treatments for addictions to other drugs. We offer a Traditional program for individuals addicted to marijuana, as well as a Co-occurring program for those who have both a substance use disorder and a mental health diagnosis. Our range of custom treatments options includes medication and behavioral therapies.
If you or a loved one is experiencing the negative effects of meth and want to stop, we are here to help. We are a facility with a “small town” feel. No one gets overlooked. We believe in an individualized approach provided by trained professionals who care. Our approach to clients in either Traditional or Co-occurring programs is “strengths based.” Whereas some rehabs have the idea of breaking clients down and building them back up again, we “meet them where they’re at.” We build on the strengths that the client already has and work to make them stronger and more resilient. We provide non-judgmental therapy. We don’t believe in guilt trips; we believe in the healing power of recovery and the client’s capacity to change.