Marijuana (Cannabis) Treatment
Cannabis or Marijuana is a plant that contains several chemicals that affect the body in different ways, however, the main chemical that gives users a high is called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Street names for marijuana include: pot, dope, ganja, grass, mary jane, reefer and weed. It is a psychoactive drug that alters perception and depending on how it is consumed, the effects can vary. Smoking marijuana results in a quicker, shorter-lived high compared to taking it orally. The drug is traditionally dried out, ground up and smoked, however, there are many other forms that are used these days.
Some of these forms are called ‘edibles’. Edibles are foods, such as baked goods, candies, and even savory dishes that contain the active ingredient, THC, and produce similar effects one would experience from smoking it. Another form that people consume is a resin-like substance which is a gathered from the plant that and when concentrated it gives the user a much more intense high. This is referred to as ‘dabs’, ‘wax’, ‘budder’ and shatter. The substance can consist of a wax-like texture, a sticky liquid, or a firm crystallized material that is comparable to candy which is typically inhaled through vaporizing it. Dabs can be dangerous when inhaled because harsh chemicals such as butane and isopropyl alcohol are normally used when making it. The effects of dabs can be immediate and can last for many hours due to its high concentration of THC.
Although marijuana addiction does not cause deadly overdoses, side effects include memory loss, depression, irritability, hallucinations, and even psychosis. In fact, marijuana has the second highest rates (following cocaine) of emergency room visits caused by abusing an illicit substance. These hospital visits are mainly due to people who were intoxicated and also used marijuana which led to accidents.
Typically, users experience the following effects from using marijuana:
- Increased appetite
- Reduced anxiety
- Mild hallucinations
Australia is known to have a strong marijuana culture and has one of the highest cannabis usage rates in the world. Many people start off as recreational users and end up forming a daily habit. This will then negatively impact their work, relationships and social life. Individuals can develop a psychological dependence to this drug after prolonged use. When a person uses marjiuana, cannabinoid receptors in the brain are stimulated by a neurotransmitter called Anandamide. THC mimics and blocks the actions natural neurotransmitters like Anandamide, resulting in the body no longer producing sufficient Anandamide by itself. Therefore, the user’s brain gets reprogrammed in a way that it needs marijuana just to feel a sense of normality. When the user stops smoking marijuana, they often experience the effects of withdrawal because of the resulting lack of Anandamide. Having the willingness to quit using marijuana, but being unable to do so, is a strong indication of an addiction.
There are also risks of using marijuana that can adversely affect a person’s life. These risks can turn into more immediate consequences such as:
- Falling behind in school
- Decreased motivation
- Legal complications
- Having problems at work
- An impaired ability to learn and remember things
Our Online Assessment Form will let us know what type of treatment is required before the patient commences our marijuana rehab program.