Extensive marijuana use can lead to addiction. Learn the long-term effects of marijuana use.
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What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is one of the most abused drugs — second only to tobacco. Its popularity is due to the ease of availability and the wide range of ingestion methods, including smoking as a blunt or a joint and eating in the form of an edible.
Consistent intake can lead individuals to become addicted to marijuana; the THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) produces euphoria creating a sense of relaxation for users altering time, motor skills, and memory. Now that recreational marijuana has become legalized in some U.S. cities, it’s vital that we monitor marijuana addiction and abuse.
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Marijuana Facts & Statistics
Is marijuana addictive? Despite remaining controversial to some, the National Institute on Drug Abuse claims that 30% of those using marijuana will experience some degree of addiction. Other researchers through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report that approximately 1 in 10 marijuana users will become addicted and of those who start before the age of 18 the rate of addiction rises to 1 in 6 (2). Marijuana and addiction are typically tied to an underlying health problem such as anxiety or depression. There are several addictive qualities of marijuana but one of the most common is its ability to help the user relax, especially those who suffer from an underlying health problem such as depression or anxiety.
Below are other Marijuana addiction facts.
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Casual Use vs. Addiction
Marijuana addiction often starts in the form of casual use (1). The simplest way to know if you have crossed over from a casual user to addiction is to ask yourself if your body can function the same without it. If you are unsure then there are several marijuana addiction symptoms and signs to pay attention to.
Signs of marijuana addiction include:
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Long-Term Effects of Marijuana Use
As of now, there is little to no evidence of long-term effects in adults; however, there is evidence of long-term effects in adolescents. Because your brain is still developing at a young age it is at a higher risk of long-term damage. Those who become addicted to marijuana from a young age run the risk of permanent brain damage in the form of lost IQ points. Other long-term effects may include panic attacks, memory loss, inhibited mental development, lung infections, mood swings, and reduced ability to learn.
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Marijuana Addiction Treatment in Kansas
Since 1992 those seeking treatment for marijuana dependence and abuse have increased 142% (5). Arista Recovery is among the marijuana addiction treatment centers that are actively working to help those negatively affected by marijuana use. Marijuana addiction help can come in the form of therapy and or intentional lifestyle changes.
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Our Marijuana addiction and treatment center offers a combination of therapy, lifestyle changes, and continuous support for those experiencing addiction who are motivated to make a change.
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Commonly Asked Questions
Yes, it is possible to become addicted to marijuana. Studies show that 1 out of 10 individuals who use will become addicted, and for individuals who start before the age of 18, the number drops to 1 out of 6 people.
Yes, marijuana has the potential to become addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), roughly 30% of those who use marijuana will experience marijuana use disorder.
For marijuana to become addictive it varies from person to person based on genes, social environment, and many other factors. Marijuana can cause addiction based on the potency of the THC, frequency of use, and how early the individual had begun using.
To help someone overcome marijuana abuse and addiction show love, educate, and ask if they are willing to be treated.
1. First, show love by never using words of blame as displaying you care for them and want to help them discover their reason to quit.
2. Second, educate the individual on how their actions are specifically and negatively affecting them and those they love through recounting specific moments and events from the past.
3. Lastly, ask if they are willing to seek out treatment in the form of therapy or a rehab center.
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