According to the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over 17 million individuals use marijuana, with a large portion of those individuals being young adults and college students.
What Exactly Is Marijuana?
It is a dried mixture of leaves, seeds, steams and flowers of Cannabis sativa or the hemp plant. It is often called weed, pot, herb, grass, reefer or Mary Jane. As a general rule, marijuana users will smoke it in cigars, bongs, or pipes. Some will hand roll in cigarettes. Some may mix in with food, such as brownies, or brew it in tea. Marijuana continues to be one of the most common illicit drugs in the U.S. The primary ingredient in marijuana is known as HTC, which can offer pain relief for its users, can increase appetite and help control nausea. In some states, marijuana has been legalized. In these states, the drug can be prescribed for anxiety, glaucoma, nausea and pain relief.
Signs and Symptoms Associated with the Misuse of Marijuana
Marijuana allows a user to feel calm and content. It will begin to affect a user’s concentration, movement, perfection of time and motivation. It will eventually have a negative impact on relationships with family, friends and colleagues, in addition to the user’s career. It can also lead to financial and economic ruin. Some of the adverse side effects of marijuana misuse include red eyes, dry mouth, irregular heartbeat, headaches, impair mental function, high blood pressure, pulmonary issues, depression, panic attacks, extreme apathy, and sexual issues. Scientific research has shown that habitual marijuana use can result in delusions, paranoia and schizophrenia.
Marijuana Medical Detox Program
Since marijuana doesn’t create a physical dependency, there aren’t really any withdrawal symptoms associated with detoxing from the drug. For that reason, a medical detox really isn’t necessary. However, 12-step programs are available as are holistic programs to help you put an end to your long-term marijuana use. A 12-step program helps you realize that your use of marijuana is a disease and that you need to understand that before you can truly recover. Holistic programs make use of various Eastern remedies, including yoga, meditation and acupuncture to help alleviate your desire to use drugs.
After Marijuana Detox
Once you have been able to discontinue use from marijuana, we highly encourage you to stay with us here at Shadow Mountain Recovery and let us further help you get your life back on track. You’ve only finished half the battle when you’ve discontinued marijuana use. A behavioral education program is also recommended to help you realize that different choices need to be made in life so that you can life a drug-life from here on out. We can help you reassess your life choices and take hold of the reins of your new life.