While many people think marijuana is harmless, the truth is marijuana use leads to a variety of health problems. For example, cancer, long-term memory loss and even mental health challenges are possible consequences of marijuana use. Despite what you may see in movies or read on the internet, marijuana is not safe.
- Marijuana addiction is characterized by the prolonged use of marijuana over time. Eventually the user desires to use more despite health problems.
- Marijuana usersoften develop a tolerance to the drug that makes them want to use more in order to achieve a high.
- Those addicted to marijuana are unable to slow down or discontinue their use of the drug and often rationalize their use as not being a problem.
- Marijuana use can enhance a user’s sensory perception and levels of euphoria. Then the user often experiences slowed reaction time, feelings of drowsiness, and increased heart rate and appetite.As long-term user persists, individuals can have problems with learning and memory.1
- Because the drug impairs short-term memory and judgment and distorts perception, it can impair performance at work or in an academic setting.2
- Marijuana use can also cause a shift away from friends and family towards a new “drug-friendly” crowd that also uses drugs.
- Marijuana is considered to be both emotionally and mentally addictive.Essentially, the drug becomes part of your persona.
- Marijuana is much stronger today than it was in the past. Studies show thatTHC levels went from 4% in 1995 to 12% in 2014.3
- The active ingredient in marijuana is THC which leads to altered senses, mood changes, and difficulties with making decisions.4
- Depression and anxiety have been closely linked with heavy, prolonged use of marijuana.5
- Women who use marijuana while pregnant are at risk for have babies with neurological disorders and have problems with visual stimuli and attention span.
Drug treatment programs have been found to be successful in the treatment of marijuana addiction. In particular, group and individual therapy indrug rehab have brought about great, sustainable changes in those who want to be drug free.
Don’t think that marijuana is simply a harmless drug. If you or someone you know is facing problems with drugs, please give us a call. At Michael’s House, we have comprehensive drug treatment programs tailored to fit your individual needs. Please don’t wait any longer, make the call today. Contact Michael’s House at 760-548-4032 for more information.
1 “Commonly Abused Drug Charts.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. January 2018.
2 “Marijuana.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. December 2017.
3 Blaszczak-Boxe, Agata. “Potent Pot: Marijuana Is Stronger Now Than It Was 20 Years Ago.” Live Science. 8 February 2016.
4 “Marijuana.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. August 2017.
5 Hall-Flavin, Daniel K. M.D. Marijuana and Depression: What’s The Link?, Mayo Clinic. 6 November 2015.