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Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana is a drug made up of the flowers and leaves of cannabis plants.

People usually smoke marijuana in ‘joints’ mixed with tobacco, in pipes, or water pipes. You can also mix marijuana into food or inhale it through a vaporizer.

The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC has a wide range of positive and negative effects on the mind and body, including relaxation, mild euphoria, distrust, and anxiety. The cannabis plant also contains more than a hundred other ‘cannabinoid’ compounds that are chemically related to THC.

Marijuana has a range of medical and therapeutic benefits, including chronic pain relief and aiding sleep. It is also an addictive substance, and long-term use in younger people may lead to memory problems and mental health issues.

Marijuana use is currently legal for medical purposes in thirty-six states and recreational purposes in seventeen states. It remains an illegal Schedule I drug under federal law.

Marijuana is the most common addictive drug in the United States after tobacco and alcohol. In 2018, more than 11.8 million young adults said they had used marijuana in the past year. Research by SAMSHA estimates that 4.0 million people in the United States suffered from a marijuana use disorder in 2015.

Marijuana addiction and abuse can take over your life. Obtaining and using marijuana can become your most important priority, leading to neglect of friends, family members, and work-life.

At Cirque Lodge, we offer an enriching rehabilitation experience where you can make a fresh start in life. Our evidence-based, individualized treatment program takes a holistic healing approach to help you rebuild yourself and your relationships with others.

You will find our private and luxurious treatment facilities surrounded by the breathtaking Rocky Mountains of Utah. It is the perfect place to overcome addiction and begin a joyful and productive life.

Marijuana Addiction Overview

Marijuana Addiction and Dependency

Repeated use of marijuana over a period of time may lead to marijuana use disorder (or cannabis use disorder).

Marijuana use disorder refers to the problematic use of marijuana. This usually involves dependence, and in severe cases, addiction. Research suggests that up to 30% of users may have some kind of marijuana use disorder.

The physical dependence on marijuana develops when your brain adapts to the large amounts of cannabinoids by decreasing its natural production of endocannabinoid or reducing its sensitivity to them. You become dependent on marijuana just to feel normal.

If you suddenly stop using marijuana, you usually experience a range of withdrawal symptoms as your body readjusts. These may include irritability, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, decreased appetite, and other forms of discomfort.

Physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms are not the same as addiction. Addiction is when you compulsively seek or use marijuana, even when it is harmful to your well-being. There is no clear indicator of how many people are addicted to marijuana, and estimates vary widely. This is partly because many studies measure dependence instead of addiction, even though it is possible to depend on a substance without being addicted.

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Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Use Disorder

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) lists eleven signs and symptoms that can help identify if someone may be struggling with dependence, addiction, or some degree of marijuana use disorder.

If you are worried about your or your loved one’s marijuana use, it may be helpful to read through the list below. If you recognize any signs or symptoms, please contact us immediately. Our team of medical experts is available 24-hours a day to offer advice and support.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Using marijuana more often and in higher amounts than you intended
  • Trying to use less marijuana but being unable to
  • Devoting considerable time and money to acquiring marijuana
  • Craving marijuana when not using it
  • Failing to perform everyday tasks and obligations because of marijuana
  • Using marijuana even when it causes problems in the home, workplace, or social life
  • Losing interest in hobbies and using marijuana instead
  • Continuing to use marijuana in harmful situations
  • Developing a tolerance to marijuana and needing more to feel the same effects
  • Experiencing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when you stop using marijuana
  • In rare cases, marijuana use can cause dangerous psychotic symptoms, including hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. Psychosis can be dangerous to yourself and others and may require immediate medical care.

Short-Term Effects of Marijuana

When you smoke marijuana, the drug passes quickly from your lungs into your bloodstream and to your brain. You begin to experience the effects almost immediately.

You may experience:

  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
  • Laughter
  • Altered perception of time
  • Increased appetite

Marijuana may also cause adverse side effects. These effects are more common if you take high-potency marijuana or you have a low tolerance.

Side-effects may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Distrust
  • Panic
  • Temporary acute psychosis, including hallucinations, delusions, and a loss of personal identity

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Long-Term Effects of Marijuana

The long-term effects of marijuana are still unclear and lack consensus in scientific research.

Several studies suggest that people who use marijuana may be at increased risk of psychiatric disorders, including psychosis, depression, and anxiety. Recent research suggests that smoking high-potency marijuana each day could increase this risk by up to five times. Marijuana users who have pre-existing genetic conditions or other vulnerabilities may be most at risk of developing a psychiatric disorder.

While these studies appear to establish a relationship between marijuana use and psychiatric disorders, it is not yet determined that one causes the other. Some studies have found no link between the two.

Long-term use of marijuana may also lead to lung problems and cognitive impairment, especially among adolescents.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that the most effective treatments for substance use disorders offer an individualized program that aims to treat the entire person.

At Cirque Lodge, we begin our program with an in-depth assessment of the causes and circumstances of your marijuana abuse or addiction. Our expert medical team then uses their extensive knowledge and experience to design an individualized treatment plan to suit you.

Our rehab programs combine different evidence-based treatment approaches to offer a holistic healing experience, and we aim to treat your entire person. We identify any co-occurring mental health disorders or social issues and treat them alongside your addiction. We also involve your family in the rehabilitation experience.

Our treatment options include:

Recovery from marijuana addiction can be a lifelong process. At Cirque Lodge, we offer a recovery-orientated program. We focus on personal growth and spiritual development, so you have the strength to overcome any challenges ahead. The spectacular scenery surrounding the center offers inspiration and motivation for your journey.

Our support does not end when you leave the center. Our continuing care program connects you with local and online groups to offer continued support in the years ahead. We welcome you back to Cirque Lodge for reunions, retreats, and guesting privilege so that you can renew your energy and commitment to recovery.

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