Marijuana is the most widely-used drug within the United States. Recently, national debate has been sparked about legalizing Marijuana and hemp products. Similar to alcohol abuse, the legal standing of marijuana does not change the negative effects that it has on users.
Many people feel that marijuana is so widely accepted that there must not be any negative health symptoms associated with its use. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Repeatedly filling your lungs with smoke causes irritation and damage after multiple uses. This opens the door to lung infections and coughing from chronic lung inflammation. As the body processes marijuana into its system, the heart rate increases until the effects begin to wear off, typically hours later. Marijuana addicts will unintentionally raise their heartrate on a semi-permanent basis, putting their cardiovascular system at a higher risk for a stroke or cardiac arrest.
Weed is considered a recreational drug, used to experience a high that makes the user feel relaxed and/or euphoric. As an addict abuses marijuana on a regular schedule, their normal life can start to seem boring or stressful and the only way they can relax is by using. Losing interest in hobbies, feeling a lack of motivation, or having no desire for normal daily activities are all symptoms of marijuana dependency. Memory and mental tasks are shown to have suffered in long-term marijuana users.
Marijuana addiction is currently treated through mental and behavioral therapies. No medications are in use at this time to aid with withdrawals, although clinical trials are underway with promising results. Sometimes recovering addicts will be given medication to aid with sleep, as restlessness may be experienced when detoxifying.
A main staple to marijuana addiction treatment is to aid patients to creating productive and fulfilling lifestyles. A patient may have been using marijuana for months or years to overcome a boring or troubled life. Patients will also learn to process their feeling through healthy avenues to work through stress, upsets, and other emotional obstacles they may face.
Inpatient and outpatient rehab centers are available for those that require a more intense recovery process. Due to the ease of availability of marijuana, it may be best for some addicts to completely remove themselves from a setting where they could relapse into weed usage.
“Sharing a joint”, “everyone taking a hit”, and other group marijuana products plays a large role in certain social settings, and behavioral therapy teaches recovering patients on how to avoid placing themselves in situations where weed use will be prevalent.
Exercise and workout routines have also proven to be affective for long-term sobriety. Marijuana components such as THC becomes stored in the fat cells of a body, and can arise at a later time to induce intense cravings for weed. By working out and following an active lifestyle such as enrolling in a sports group, sober patients will flush out any old toxins that may be lingering within their cells.
Understanding that you have crossed the line in your marijuana usage is the first step to recovery. When a drug dictates how exciting or boring your life is, it’s time to seek professional help. Take back the reigns and create a life that is worth waking up to!