Marijuana dependence and abuse is becoming more prevalent as more people are gaining access to the drug. There is an ongoing discussion as to the addictive properties of marijuana. Despite the common misconception, that marijuana is not addictive, it happens to be one of the top drug addictions treated in rehabilitation. It is listed by patients as the primary drug of abuse however according the National Institute on Drug Abuse people with Marijuana disorders, especially young adults often abuse cocaine and alcohol also.
The levels of the marijuana dependence will depend heavily on the length of use and the common or average dosage over that period. Marijuana is a mind-altering drug, meaning that it has the capacity to change the chemical composition in the brain, and any drug that can change the chemical makeup of the brain has the capacity to produce a chemical dependence.
Studies show that behavioral therapies can reduce marijuana abuse. Drug Treatment Centers Waterbury offers a full rehabilitation program equipped with medical detox, therapy, and aftercare. For help now, dial (203) 528-0018.
Marijuana is derived from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, and it goes by a number of different names, including weed, bud, herb, pot, grass, Mary Jane, Ganja and numerous other street names. The most common method of ingesting marijuana is through smoking it, which can be done in numerous ways, such as smoking it as a hand-rolled cigarette, through pipes or water pipes known as bongs, and in re-rolled cigars.
There are people who brew marijuana and drink it as tea, and then there are those who bake it into foods, such as brownies and consume it by eating the baked goods. However, the rapid absorption methods of smoking are, by far, the most common method of introducing marijuana into the body.
The primary psychoactive chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol, more commonly referred to as THC. This chemical is found in the resin that is produced by the buds and leaves of the female cannabis plant. This plant also has an additional 500 chemicals, 100 of which have chemical properties similar to THC.
Without question, marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, with more than 19.8 million people having used the drug in the past month. These numbers reveal that 81 percent of illicit drug use is attributed to the use of marijuana. Although marijuana use can be observed across all demographics, the use of the drug is most prevalent among youth and young adults.
Due to the fact that most people don’t see marijuana as being a hard drug, and others don’t view it as a drug at all, there are large groups of people who refuse to acknowledge their addiction to the drug. Because marijuana is a drug that allows for a certain level of functionality, it can be easy for a person to convince themselves that they are not addicted to the drug due to the fact that they are able to effectively manage their lives.
There is a large group of people who don’t discover that they are dependent on marijuana until they are placed in a situation in which they have to stop using the drug. It is at that point that they discover that they are having a problem with dependency.
Like any other addiction, the person who decides to confront their addiction will benefit from participating in a drug treatment program that is offered by a residential substance abuse treatment facility. By checking into Drug Treatment Centers Waterbury accepting the treatment you are choosing a life free from addiction and the burden of dependence. Call now: (203) 528-0018.
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