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An Introduction To Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana is one of the most widely used and abused illicit drug in the United States. Many consider marijuana to be one of the least addictive drugs however this is far from the truth. Millions of people around the globe continue to use and abuse marijuana despite the negative consequences that have occurred them because of its use.

In order to fully understand the dangers of marijuana addiction, it must firstly be mentioned that marijuana is basically a dried blend of certain parts of cannabis - the mixture is either smoked in the form of cigarettes or pipes, or it is used for infusion, to create a strong tea. In certain countries, marijuana is even used as an ingredient in certain foods.

In addition to the potential health problems that this addiction can trigger, marijuana abuse can also have an impact on one's social life as it can lower the user's ability to concentrate and can even affect his freedom, given the fact that marijuana is illegal in most countries around the world. In spite of the wealth of negative consequences, millions of people worldwide still choose to consume marijuana due to its temporary euphoric effects.

A Closer Look At The Most Common Signs Of Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana addiction can trigger a variety of signs, and can have a tremendous impact on the a person's overall life. Generally speaking, the substance will start to take control over the life of the user and the user will experience financial difficulties, as buying the marijuana requires a considerable financial investment. If the problem is not addressed as quickly as possible, it can propagate and result in numerous physiological and psychological problems.

At the same time, long-term marijuana abuse can also trigger tolerance to the substance, which means that the person in question will require increasingly more amounts of marijuana to satisfy the cravings. At the same time, the user will experience a series of withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit using marijuana, symptoms that prevent many people from overcoming their addiction.

In comparison to other serious street drugs like cocaine, heroin or ecstasy, marijuana is considered to be amongst the least severe in terms of tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. Some of the most common addiction signs and symptoms include decreased pulse, nervousness, mood swings and a violent behavior coupled with the gradual loss of appetite and insomnia. Moreover, the increased cravings for sweets, the lack of coordination as well as loud bursts of laughter are three of the most common signs of marijuana addiction.

The Dangers Of Marijuana Abuse

The dangers associated with marijuana consumption are many - despite the fact that marijuana is widely used around the world for relaxation purposes and for personal use, it is often accompanied by a series of adverse reactions. Hypertension and arrhythmia along with an increase in the heart rate can pose a serious health threat to those who already have pre-existing health or heart conditions. The smoke rapidly reaches two of the most important organs in the body, the brain and the lungs, and both of them can suffer damage in the long term.

The main problem with marijuana abuse is that, even though it triggers an overall feeling of joy and happiness along with heightened sensory perception, after the effects of the herb subside the user will experience fear, anxiety, panic attacks and even depression. Moreover, marijuana consumption also has a negative impact on one's short-term memory and ability to focus, therefore the user finds it a lot more difficult to concentrate, to drive heady duty machinery or to study.

Treatment And Statistics For Marijuana Abuse

When it comes to marijuana addiction treatment, it must be said that there are two treatment options: inpatient and outpatient. The outpatient treatment option is the most common treatment choice. However, the number of people who have checked themselves into inpatient rehab centers in order to overcome marijuana addiction has gone up over the past several years, in the United States.

The most commonly used treatment options are family-based, group meetings and one-on-one meetings with a specialized psychologist, along with behavioral treatments. At the time being, most rehab centers rely mainly on these treatment options rather than using medication to help the patients deal with their addiction. Certain medications may be used in order to help the patient deal with the withdrawal symptoms, which may arise if he has been abusing marijuana for a long time.

As statistics reveal, approximately 9% of the American citizens have tries marijuana at least once. Moreover, statistics have also shown that marijuana abuse is extremely common amongst students, especially amongst seniors at high school - approximately one out of three students have smoked pot at least once.


In conclusion, marijuana addiction is a real problem that affects millions of Americans, but it can be treated with professional help and with enough ambition and determination. Recent statistics have shown that teenagers and students are the most exposed and most prone to this type of addiction, and marijuana addiction has gone up by over 100% over the past two decades.

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