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While marijuana is more legal and more socially acceptable, it can still be habit-forming and require treatment.

Fast Facts About Marijuana

Many people are familiar with marijuana, also known as “cannabis,” “pot,” “weed.” “bud,” and “ganja.” Because of its availability and affordability, it’s often the first street drug that individuals encounter. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug that has the properties of a depressant, stimulant, as well as a hallucinogen. 

The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, THC (short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) comes from the female cannabis plants. This chemical compound is responsible for the “high” that accompanies marijuana use, no matter how it’s administered. 

While the most common way of using marijuana involves smoking it through a hand-rolled cigarette known as a joint, or through a water pipe known as a bong, other options have grown in popularity. 

For example, many people prefer to inhale it through a vaporizer (i.e., a vape pen). Also, edible marijuana is increasingly popular, as the psychoactive compounds are incorporated into foods like candies, cookies, and other items. Stronger types of marijuana can be developed by isolating the female plants and concentrating the resin, to create hash (or hashish) oil, a waxy “budder” substance or a hard candy-like “shatter.”

Each year, there are approximately 2.6 million new users of marijuana in the U.S. With its growing availability, more and more people are relying on marijuana on a daily basis.

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

Any drug — including marijuana — becomes addictive when it causes negative situations, but you still can’t stop. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 9% of people who use marijuana will come to depend on it; of those who start using marijuana in their teens, 17% will become dependent.

To be clear, marijuana isn’t as addictive as many other drugs, it can still lead to addiction and withdrawal symptoms, including sleep disturbances, mood disorders, cravings, poor appetite, restlessness and irritability.

In clinical research studies, THC was shown to change neural pathways in the brain, creating a necessity for the substance to ensure functioning. Other studies have suggested that using marijuana in adolescence is often associated with drug abuse and as an adult.

Signs Of Marijuana Use And Abuse

It’s not always easy to tell if you or someone you care about is capable of using marijuana recreationally, or if that use is a disorder. Here are a few signs to consider: 

  • Development of a tolerance for marijuana
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when limiting quantity
  • Loss of control over marijuana use
  • Spending a lot of time dealing with marijuana (i.e., getting high, finding marijuana)
  • Isolating from friends and family 
  • Changing social circles to include only those who use marijuana
  • Regularly using marijuana as a means to escape reality and life’s stressors
  • Lack of attention to responsibilities
  • Lying, cheating and/or stealing to get marijuana
  • Trying (but failing) to cut down on use

If these patterns seem familiar to you, don’t panic. Right Path Rehab has experience dealing with cannabis and marijuana dependence, and we can help you too.

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Treating Marijuana Addiction

While there is no particular medication to treat marijuana addiction, our medically supervised detox can help to manage withdrawal symptoms such as sleeplessness. Meanwhile, therapeutic treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy have proven to be highly effective in treating marijuana abuse and dependence. Here at Right Path Rehab, we’ve seen it work well for many of our clients.

If you’re ready to put marijuana use behind you, we’re here to help make it happen. Simply call or click to get in touch, and Right Path Rehab will get you started on the road to recovery now.

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MEDICALLY REVIEWED BY

Alexis Ecoff MA, LMFT, MCAP
As the Clinical Director for Right Path Recovery in San Diego, Alexis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of counseling and therapy. She has a strong academic background with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Alexis is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy in California, Florida, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
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