- Parent Category: Rehab
- Category: Addiction
- Written by Stop Admin
Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. It is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves derived from the hemp plant Cannabis Sativa. The main active chemical in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol; THC for short.
Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint) or in a pipe. It is also smoked in blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana. Since the blunt retains the tobacco leaf used to wrap the cigar, this mode of delivery combines marijuana's active ingredients with nicotine and other harmful chemicals. Marijuana can also be mixed in food or brewed as a tea.
Marijuana addiction has the same characteristics as any other addiction to other drugs including alcohol, tobacco or even caffeine. It even has the same characteristics as addiction to cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The obsession with the drug, thinking about it all the time, where to get it, when to get it, is there enough, is it good enough, will I have the money for it are frequently asked questions.
Another characteristic of marijuana addiction is the physical craving that comes when the body adapts to the drug and begins to develop a tolerance to it. Anyone who has been smoking marijuana for awhile can tell that they must smoke more now to feel the same effect that just a few hits used to produce. It's not about the quality of the marijuana it's the bodies’ defense mechanism as it readjusts to keep balance with the frequent supply of new chemicals being delivered by the marijuana.
Long-term marijuana abuse can lead to addiction which is, compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite its known harmful effects upon their life in the context of family, school, work, and recreational activities. Long-term marijuana abusers who try to quit report irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and drug craving, all of which make it difficult to quit. These withdrawal symptoms begin within about 1 day following abstinence, peak at 2-3 days, and subside within 1 or 2 weeks following drug cessation.
Marijuana addiction can be defeated like any other addiction. The biggest factor is the person being willing to admit they have a problem. Once they admit they have a marijuana addiction it can be handled and they can return to their life way it was before they became addicted.