Marijuana, also known as cannabis or pot, has been used by humans for a long time. Ancient cultures didn’t grow the plant to get high, but to be used as herbal medicine. This probably started in Asia around 500 B.C. In America, it dates back to the early colonists. Were colonials getting high? Nobody knows for sure. But contrary to popular beliefs, you can develop an addiction to marijuana that requires you to attend a marijuana rehab program.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a substance that’s derived from the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant contains chemicals that can act on your brain and change your mood or consciousness. The psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant that gives off this effect is THC. For cannabis to be considered marijuana, it must contain a THC concentration of 0.3% or higher.
Due to its psychoactive properties, it is possible to develop an addiction to marijuana. The substance’s calming nature can also be used for medicinal purposes though as well.
How Do People Use Marijuana?
There are several different ways people use marijuana. The primary ways that people use marijuana include:
- Smoking it by rolling it up like a cigarette
- Smoking in a pipe or bong
- Eating it by cooking or baking with it
- Brewing it like in a tea
- Smoking the oils from the plant (dabbing)
- Using vaporizers (vaping it)
What Are the Short and Long-term Effects of Marijuana?
- Altered senses such as seeing brighter colors
- Altered sense of time. (minutes may seem like hours)
- Mood changes
- Difficulties with body movement
- Problems with thinking, problem-solving, and memory
- Increased appetite
When chronically using marijuana over a longer period of time, it could lead to the following issues:
- Issues with brain development. Individuals who start using marijuana as teenagers may have trouble with thinking, memory, and learning.
- Coughing and breathing problems if you smoke frequently.
- Problems with child development during and after pregnancy if you smoke marijuana while pregnant.
- Gum disease
- Testicular cancer
The short and long-term effects of marijuana use may vary among individuals.
Is Marijuana Addictive?
Yes. After using marijuana for a while, it is possible to get addicted. You are more likely to become addicted to marijuana if you use it on a daily basis or if you start using it at a young age though.
A sign of marijuana addiction is having constant strong need and craving for the substance. Another sign of marijuana addiction is an increase in tolerance to the substance. This means that you are always needing to smoke larger and larger amounts of marijuana to reach the same high.
Individuals that suffer from an addiction to marijuana will also experience withdrawal symptoms when they minimize or discontinue their use of the substance. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms tend to reach their peak during the first week of no longer using the substance.
Heavy marijuana users and addicts will experience marijuana withdrawal symptoms for up to 2 weeks or longer after discontinuing their use of the substance. Like with any other substance addiction, to overcome marijuana addiction, individuals should attend marijuana rehab.
Is There a Difference Between Marijuana Addiction and Dependence?
Yes there is a difference, and it is as follows:
Like with any substance addiction, an addiction to marijuana is characterized by an inability to stop using the substance despite it having obvious negative effects on one’s life. As a result, people that suffer from a marijuana addiction are willing to do almost anything to continue their use of the substance.
Marijuana addiction is also characterized by the substance causing chemical changes in the brain. The best way to overcome marijuana addiction is to attend marijuana rehab.
Marijuana dependence is characterized by the experience of withdrawal symptoms whenever one minimizes or discontinues their use of the substance. Because dependence comes before addiction, all individuals that suffer from marijuana addiction experience the effects of marijuana dependence. On the other hand, not all individuals that suffer from marijuana dependence experience all the effects of marijuana addiction.
Can a Person Overdose on Marijuana?
Yes, it is possible to overdose on marijuana with a very high dosage of the substance. Signs of marijuana overdose include the following:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Paranoia and hallucinations in rare cases
Marijuana is made up of many compounds including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These compounds stay in the body’s system after use, but there are many factors that affect how long they stay there. These factors also impact the severity of the withdrawal symptoms that a person may experience while detoxing from the substance and thus the length of marijuana detox itself.
Marijuana detox is the process of ridding the body of all marijuana. Individuals that attend detox for marijuana use do so prior to attending marijuana rehab. Detox from marijuana rarely requires medical attention. Thus, although it’s always best to attend medical detox, individuals that are detoxing from marijuana can’t receive medication-assisted treatment to help them manage their withdrawal symptoms throughout the detox process.
Despite marijuana being a milder substance that doesn’t require medical attention during its detox, many individuals fail to complete marijuana detox because they relapse midway through the detox process. Thus, the supervision that medical detox provides is very useful when detoxing from marijuana. This is particularly true for heavy, long-term marijuana users with severe marijuana addictions that are detoxing from the substance.
According to Marijuana anonymous, the most common marijuana withdrawal symptoms that people experience while detoxing are insomnia, depression, and headaches.
Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, other marijuana withdrawal symptoms that people will likely experience during marijuana detox include the following:
- Cravings for marijuana
- Vivid dreams or nightmares (starts about a week after discontinuing marijuana use and lasts about a month or more)
- Irritability or anger and aggression
- Fever and dehydration
- Loss of concentration
- Body shakes and tremors
- Coughing up phlegm
- Decreased appetite
After completing a marijuana detox, the next step to achieving addiction recovery is to attend marijuana rehab. Individuals that attend marijuana rehab can receive an inpatient form of addiction treatment or an outpatient form of addiction treatment. The form of addiction treatment that a person overcoming marijuana addiction should attend depends on the severity of his or her addiction.
Individuals that suffer from severe marijuana addictions can look into receiving inpatient addiction treatment. Inpatient addiction treatment programs are rehab programs that require their patients to live in rehab facilities while receiving care. The purpose of having inpatient rehab patients live in rehab facilities is so that they can receive 24/7 care and monitoring.
Because marijuana is a milder substance, individuals that are looking to attend an inpatient addiction treatment program for marijuana addiction may want to attend residential inpatient treatment rather than standard inpatient treatment.
The difference between residential inpatient treatment and standard inpatient treatment is that residential treatment programs are more casual in nature. Thus, residential treatment patients get more free time to themselves and free time to participate in holistic forms of addiction treatment than standard inpatient treatment patients do.
Because marijuana is a milder substance overall, most people that attend marijuana addiction treatment attend an outpatient treatment program. Outpatient treatment programs allow individuals to live in their own homes when they’re not actively receiving treatment. There are three different types of outpatient treatment programs.
The most intense type of outpatient treatment is partial hospitalization program (PHP) treatment. PHP treatment requires patients to attend rehab five to eight hours a day, five to seven days a week. When not attending rehab during these hours, PHP patients can live in their own homes and tend to their daily life responsibilities. PHP treatment is for individuals with moderate to severe level addictions.
The second most intense type of outpatient treatment is intensive outpatient program (IOP) treatment. This type of outpatient treatment program requires patients to attend rehab for approximately a few hours a day, a few days a week.
Like with all outpatient forms of rehab, individuals that attend IOP treatment can live in their own homes and tend to their normal life responsibilities when not attending rehab sessions. IOP treatment is for people with moderate-level addictions.
Outpatient Program (OP) Treatment
Standard outpatient program (OP) treatment is the least intense form of outpatient treatment. Individuals that attend standard outpatient program treatment must attend rehab for approximately a couple of hours a day, once or twice a week. In between OP rehab sessions, individuals can live in their own homes and live their normal lives.
OP treatment is for people with mild substance addictions. Because marijuana is a milder substance in general, many people that attend marijuana rehab may want to attend an outpatient program or an intensive outpatient program to help them achieve sobriety.
Addiction Therapy During Marijuana Rehab
According to a study entitled “Marijuana Dependence and Its Treatment,” there are four addiction therapy options that have proved to be successful during marijuana rehab. These forms of addiction therapy include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Contingency Management
- Support Groups
Receive Marijuana Rehab At Little Creek Recovery
You don’t have to live your life constantly in pursuit of that next high. Once you achieve recovery from your marijuana addiction, you’ll be surprised at how much more effective you can be and all of the things that you’ll be better able to accomplish.
If you’re a male looking to attend an inpatient treatment program for marijuana addiction, Little Creek Lodge is the perfect place for you to do so. This is because we here at Little Creek specialize in providing inpatient addiction treatment for male patients only.
If you’re a woman looking to attend marijuana rehab here at Little Creek Recovery, don’t worry, we still have rehab options for you, as all of our outpatient treatment programs are co-ed.
Little Creek Recovery is an alcohol and drug treatment center located in Pennsylvania. Here at Little Creek, our mission is to build a strong addiction recovery foundation for our patients by integrating internalized recovery through therapeutic and 12-step models, with a focus on the spiritual paradigm. Therefore, any individual that attends rehab at Little Creek Lodge will receive addiction treatment that will treat their bodies, minds, and souls.
To learn more about Little Creek Recovery and all of our addiction treatment programs, therapies, and services, contact us today! The professionals here at Little Creek Recovery are here to help you reach your addiction recovery goals.