Marijuana addiction isn’t something you typically hear about, as it is thought to be more of a safe, non-addictive, recreational drug. Most people think that it’s a one and done experience, but that all depends on the person taking the drug and in what mindset they take it.
The general debate is that marijuana isn’t a dangerous drug because it’s all natural and grows from the earth, but many people know it’s not always as natural as they would like to think it is. Marijuana addiction does exist and is a very real thing for a lot of the clients we see; it’s often a “gateway” addiction since it rarely occurs alone.
Truth: Millions of People are Addicted to Marijuana
Marijuana Affects the Brain and Body
Uses and Why it’s Easily Abused
Before experimentation with marijuana to produce highly potent strains, it was known that THC levels were as low as under one percent and as high as four percent. We now have strains of THC being produced in the 70 percent range.
When marijuana is modified, the effects change, and the problem with raising the level of THC is increased tolerance and reduced cognition, coupled with the fact that no one is affected in the same way. It may have seemed harmless at one time, but it’s not just a simple plant anymore – it’s something much stronger that has long-term effects on the brain.
Every Experience is Different and Not Always Pleasant
- Paranoia experiences
- Anxious and depressed feelings
- Increased effects of mental health conditions
- Increased thoughts of suicide
When their reaction rates are slower, people can put themselves in danger or endanger others in the process. Depending on your existing mental state, these drugs can manipulate the mind and make whatever condition you’re trying to avoid worse. Many of the people we work with suffering from marijuana addiction started at a young age and were never aware of a mental health condition, but over time experienced symptoms amplified by marijuana. Since most people assume marijuana is a pleasant experience, they don’t think it could cause serious problems, but it can also bring on alcoholism or an affinity for other drugs just to counteract these social, mental and physical concerns.