Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States¹.
Marijuana is referred to by a large variety of names including pot, dope, weed, grass, and hash. The increasing social acceptance of marijuana makes it one of the most difficult drugs to give up in today’s society. Many people with an addiction do not feel as though they have a problem, and in many cases the people around them do not see it as a life-threatening problem either.
While there are a great number of people who can control the amount and frequency at which they use marijuana, those who need to seek treatment for a marijuana addiction are predominantly individuals who chronically use marijuana on a daily basis. Usually, they have attempted to quit on their own or promised they would stop using, only to find that they were unable to do it on their own.
If you or a loved one is in need of marijuana addiction treatment, Destination Hope is ready to help you achieve sobriety. The first step begins with detox. Our marijuana treatment specialists can connect you with a detox center that will help you undergo medically supervised detox so you can enter our facilities free of drugs and any other substances.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a mixture of dried flowers, leaves, and stems from the plant Cannabis Sativa. The marijuana plant contains the mind-altering chemical THC along with other similar compounds which have physical and psychological effects on the user. THC acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals. These natural chemicals play a role in normal brain development and function. Marijuana over-activates parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors. This causes the “high” that people feel.
Marijuana contains the mind-altering and highly addictive chemical THC that over-activates brain receptors that normally react to natural THC-like chemicals in the body, producing a high feeling. Marijuana affects brain development, which is especially concerning in young people. It can also have physical effects, like difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, and intense nausea and vomiting. Long-term use has been linked to certain mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts among teens².