What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a drug that comes from the cannabis plant and is classified as a depressant, stimulant, and hallucinogen. The legality of marijuana use has been heavily debated for decades, with some U.S. states having recently legalized its use. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Marijuana is the most commonly used addictive drug after tobacco and alcohol, with more than 11.8 million young adults using marijuana in 2018 alone.

This drug is most commonly smoked but can also be eaten by being incorporated into food, which is an increasingly popular method of use.  

Negative Effects of Marijuana

Using marijuana can cause adverse reactions. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, is the active chemical found in marijuana. It’s responsible for the high and sense alteration that occurs as a result of consuming this drug. Marijuana use can result in mood changes and impaired motor functioning. Additionally, it causes cognitive issues, like memory problems and problem-solving malfunction.

The smoke of marijuana can irritate the lungs, causing breathing issues, lung infections, and chronic coughing. This may especially be the case in people who are older or suffer from respiratory problems. Since marijuana affects the brain, pregnant women who use the drug may put their babies at risk for developing brain impairment issues. Affected infants are born with deficiencies that affect their attention spans or memories.

Continued marijuana use may also cause hallucinations and paranoia. People who have pre-existing conditions, such as schizophrenia, may experience a worsening in their symptoms as a result of marijuana use. 

Although marijuana does not contribute to overdose fatalities, the sedative properties of the drug impairs users, leading to potentially reckless behavior. Recently, there has been a growing concern among the medical community regarding the increasing potency of marijuana. In a study conducted by the University of Mississippi and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, The percentage of THC in marijuana has been steadily increasing within the last few decades, resulting in a greater risk for developing an addiction.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Marijuana is not classified as a physically addictive drug. But, it is addictive in the sense that people can become psychologically dependent on it. It does have the ability to cause problems that mirror those of addiction. Even if a person uses it for medical purposes, like any other medication, it can have negative side effects. If you or your loved one knows firsthand how marijuana use can affect the body and mind, there is help.

We at Rehab Carolinas want you to know that you are not alone. We are dedicated to helping you find the support and treatment you deserve. Call us today to find out how we can help.