Though the scale of benefits and risks continues to be a hot topic, the truth is marijuana can be an addictive substance with damaging consequences.
It’s also true one can become addicted and marijuana can negatively impact work, school and family life.
While marijuana may not be insidious, it is still hard to refute that what’s been legalized for recreational use and chronic pain management can be addictive and detrimental to the mind, body and relationships.
Sovereign Health of Arizona provides marijuana rehab and helps individuals restore productivity and brain function after marijuana abuse.
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 you determine the severity of the problem. These symptoms can include:
- An upset stomach, irritability, anxiety or depression when not high means a physical dependence has already been developed
- Angst that you “need” pot to relax and becoming dependent on it for relaxation
- Developing a tolerance
- Smoking more marijuana than intended
- Spending most of free time or transitional time between work and family time getting 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
A high from marijuana use will develop within minutes when smoked and lasts for several hours, depending on individual tolerance levels. Signs of marijuana use include:
- Dry mouth
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased appetite
- Red, puffy eyes
- Slowed reflexes