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.

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 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

Psychological Effects of Cannabis Use

It is well known that marijuana creates psychological effects along with the physical ones listed above. The psychological effects caused by marijuana use include:

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

Long-term Impacts of Heavy Marijuana Use

While many may believe that there are no major after effects from marijuana use, the opposite is actually true. There are some serious long-term effects from 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
  • More dense 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

Marijuana 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 THC, increasing its ability to be metabolized as well as its availability in its more psychoactive, state. But this is also why THC stays in the system for much longer than most other drugs – about a month on 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 very 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.

Thankfully, help for overcoming marijuana use can be found at marijuana treatment centers like those provided by Sovereign Health of Arizona.

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Marijuana Treatment Programs

Sovereign Health of Arizona’s rehab for marijuana provides treatment focusing on both the physical and psychological effects of marijuana withdrawal.

Marijuana use can creep up on a recreational user; taking months or even years to develop into dependence, which is why a user may not even realize she has become addicted to marijuana.

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 fresh, apart from marijuana use.

Group and individual counseling and therapy is offered with Sovereign Health of Arizona with an emphasis on wellness, recovery and resiliency.

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 alternative and traditional 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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