Marijuana

One of the most addictive and commonly used drugs across the United States, marijuana is quite popular due to its euphoric effects. Though its benefits tend to outrun its side-effects, the truth is that marijuana is an addictive substance with dangerous consequences.

Further, it is still hard to refute that what’s been legalized for recreational use and chronic pain management can be addictive and detrimental to one’s mind, body and relationships. Being addictive in nature and with the ability to change the brain structure, marijuana’s long-term use and abuse can cause psychological and physical dependence that can develop into an addiction.

Though men are more likely to fall for substance addiction including alcohol and drugs, women face tougher challenges and tend to progress more quickly from using addictive substances to developing a dependence on it. A leading behavioral healthcare provider for women, Sovereign Health of Arizona provides marijuana rehab and helps women restore productivity and brain function after marijuana abuse. A comprehensive marijuana detox treatment for long-lasting recovery at our state-of-the-art treatment center may involve a combination of medically supervised detox program followed by intense psychotherapies and experiential therapies.

Abusing marijuana

Some marijuana users who are already vulnerable to stress, depression, mental illness or genetic predisposition end up displaying classic behaviors that define addiction which, in this case, is Marijuana Use Disorder.

Recognizing signs of marijuana use disorder can help a health care professional determine the severity of the problem. The symptoms of marijuana use disorder can include the following.

  • An upset stomach, irritability, anxiety or depression when not high means a physical dependence has already developed.
  • Constant anxiety that requires pot to relax and becoming dependent on it for relaxation.
  • Developing a drug tolerance requiring more of the drug to achieve the same effects.
  • Smoking more marijuana than intended, even after knowing its side-effects.
  • Spending most of one’s free time between work and family commitments to get high due to an inability to control cravings.
  • Spending considerable time and effort toward planning to procure or procuring marijuana.

Side effects of marijuana use disorder

When smoked, a high from marijuana use will develop within minutes and can last for several hours, depending on individual tolerance levels. Some of the common signs of marijuana use include the following:

  • Dry mouth
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased appetite
  • Red, puffy eyes
  • Slowed reflexes

When abused for a longer duration, marijuana can have some serious side effects including impaired memory, suicidal thoughts, impaired cognitive abilities, and increased risk of lung cancer.

Psychological effects of cannabis use

It is well known that marijuana has psychological effects along with the physical ones listed above. These include:

  • Distorted perception of time
  • Euphoria
  • Mood swings from calmness to high anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Random or disjointed thoughts
  • Short-term memory loss

Long-term impact of heavy marijuana use

While many may believe that there are no major after effects of marijuana use, the opposite is actually true. There are some serious long-term effects of marijuana use which make rehab for weed abuse vital. These long-term effects can include:

  • A smaller orbitofrontal cortex which is the predominant brain region for decision-making and interpreting emotions.
  • Denser cross-brain connections, which researchers gather are the brain’s way to bridge and compensate for discrepancies in abnormal sizes of brain regions.
  • Lower IQ.

Inside the body

Cannabis, also known as weed or herb, has notable painkilling and anti-nausea effects when smoked or ingested after being heated, though mild effects can be experienced at room temperature.

When consumed as an edible product, the heat also increases the fat solubility of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the chemical responsible for most of the marijuana’s psychological effects, increasing its ability to be metabolized as well as its availability in its more psychoactive state. It is also why THC stays in the system for much longer than most other drugs – about a month on an average – since the molecules are bonded to fat cells.

The psychological effects of marijuana use disorder can last many months or even years after the individual stops smoking. Anxiety and depression are common outcomes of marijuana abuse and these two medical conditions are likely cyclical – leading to an individual’s desire to self-medicate or require a pharmaceutical medication to treat the condition appropriately.

Compared to men, women respond to substances differently. More sensitive to the effects of some drugs, women who use addictive substances such as drugs and alcohol may be more likely to have panic attacks, anxiety, depression, and may even experience negative physical symptoms including damage to their heart and blood vessels.

Thankfully, help for overcoming marijuana use can be found at marijuana treatment centers like those provided by Sovereign Health. A leading U.S. drug rehab center, Sovereign’s marijuana detox centers offer evidence-based treatment for drug addiction that combines medically-supervised detoxification treatment along with psychotherapies with complementary and experiential treatments and activities.

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Marijuana treatment programs

Marijuana use can creep up on a recreational user; taking months or even years to develop into a dependence, which is why a user may not even realize that she has become addicted. Since most people don’t yet take marijuana use disorder seriously, marijuana treatment programs for those seeking recovery is best with like-minded patients also looking to start afresh.

Sovereign Health of Arizona’s rehab for marijuana provides treatment focusing on both the physical and psychological effects of marijuana withdrawal. In addition to offering all our clients clinically proven treatment for substance abuse, the treatment team at Sovereign Health of Arizona offers our clients group and individual counseling and therapies with an emphasis on wellness, recovery, and resiliency of all our clients.

Why choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health is a premier treatment provider here in the U.S., licensed to treat mental health in all its manifestations: addiction, mental disorder and the dual diagnosis of co-occurring disorders. We specialize in tailor-fit recovery, mindful of each patient’s rehabilitation and therapeutic needs. We are Joint Commission-accredited and as such, offer multiple levels of care at each of our marijuana rehabilitation centers nationwide.

Sovereign Health is a refreshingly progressive treatment provider, combining cutting-edge recovery modalities with scientifically-proven and experiential therapies to promote lasting recovery from behavioral health issues. To learn more about our marijuana rehab program at our Arizona location, please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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