Many people say that there is no such thing as addiction to marijuana. But marijuana addiction is indeed possible. According to the CDC, of marijuana users who begin using before age 18, 1 in 6 will become addicted.
Marijuana is one of the most popular drugs available due to easy accessibility and various methods of ingestion. Some common methods include rolling it up in paper and smoking it (like a cigarette or a cigar) and smoking it in a pipe. Vaping devices used to vape marijuana oils, concentrates, and extracts are becoming more and more popular.
People who suffer from mental health problems such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia are at much higher risk for marijuana addiction. Like other drugs, marijuana can mask the user’s mental health problems – early on. But as they use it more and more, they build up a tolerance and have to take larger and larger doses.
Marijuana use can have an immensely negative effect on the body and brain. Though a marijuana overdose resulting in death is unlikely, users can experience negative reactions, including:
- extreme confusion
- rapid heart rate
- delusions and hallucinations
- increased blood pressure
- severe nausea and vomiting
These reactions can lead users to do dangerous things that result in injury or death. Marijuana significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination, and reaction time. Causing a motor vehicle accident can result in negative financial consequences and possible injury and death. Marijuana addiction also carries certain long-term health risks, such as lung cancer.
Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as synthetic marijuana, K2, Spice, and Spike, are plants sprayed with unknown chemicals. They bind with the same receptors in the brain as marijuana but have a much more powerful effect. The high from synthetic cannabinoids is both dangerous and unpredictable.
If users stop marijuana abruptly without the right support and program to help them deal with their dependence, they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Our treatment program can provide people with the needed support and help lessen or eliminate the withdrawal symptoms.
For more information about treatment for marijuana addiction at New Horizon Hospital in Houston, Texas, call (281) 397-1530.