October 29, 2015

Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana addiction affects many people of different age groups around the world and it does not seem to be something that will die down anytime soon. In fact, marijuana has approximately 119 million to 224 million users across the globe – and that’s only when the population over 18 years of age is taken into account. Marijuana has more than 200 slang names, including weed, pot and Mary Jane, amongst many others.

Marijuana addiction

Marijuana refers to flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, which have been dried and shredded. This is either smoked using a pipe, rolled up as a cigarette (or a joint) or smoked using water pipes known as bongs. It is sometimes known as a gateway drug, which simply means that the use of marijuana can lead to the use of other drugs. It is not uncommon for marijuana smokers to be introduced to this drug by way of a joint or bong and, in some cases, a tolerance is built fairly quickly so users start looking for something better or stronger.

Marijuana addiction Effects

Some of the more immediate effects of smoking marijuana include a dry mouth, red eyes, increased heart rate, lowered concentration, weakened motor skills and insatiable hunger. At times psychosis (an episode in which someone becomes detached from reality), fantasies, anxiety, panic attacks and paranoia have been reported. Cannabis also interferes with coordination, causing problems with balance, walking and driving.

Marijuana addiction and social consequences

Apart from all of this, marijuana addiction also has many personal and social consequences for users, including family and relationship issues, making marijuana rehab a necessity. At Twin Rivers, we have over 30 years of experience in dealing with addiction. Our professional detoxification and counselling programmes are customised to each individual client and we have empowered many with the tools to start living more productive and fulfilling lives. Whether it is you or a loved one suffering from marijuana addiction, contact us today for expert help.