Marijuana Detox and Withdrawal (Hashish)

Marijuana Detox and Withdrawal (Hahish)

Marijuana | Use, Abuse & Addiction

Marijuana is a green-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves and flowers of Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant. It is known familiarly as bud, herb, ganja, grass, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, roach and weed,

among other aliases. More than one in three Americans have tried marijuana, and one in 11 people who use it will become addicted. Teens who smoke pot have a one in six chance of becoming addicted. Marijuana is the single most commonly abused substance and the drug of choice among new illicit drug users potentially on a path towards Marijuana / Hashish detox and withdrawal.

Marijuana is primarily smoked, hand-rolled into cigarettes known as joints or a cigar, called a blunt, or used in a water pipe called a bong. It can also be used to brew tea or mixed into dessert foods like brownies, cookies or candy.

When smoked, THC and other chemicals pass from the lungs to the bloodstream, moving through the body quickly to the brain, affecting virtually every organ in the body, including the nervous and immune systems. THC activates the brain’s reward system, stimulating neurons to release higher levels of dopamine. This flood of dopamine contributes the to the high that is so alluring to recreational users. THC directly impacts the brain’s chemistry; over time the organ relies on the drug to function normally. After a person inhales the smoke from marijuana, their heart rate speeds up, breathing passages relax and become enlarged, and blood vessels in their eyes expand, displaying a telltale sign associated with use: bloodshot eyes. One’s heart rate can increase by as much as two times for up to three hours! Other physical symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slowed reactions time
    The risk of auto accidents while driving under the influence of marijuana is more than doubled!

Marijuana irritates the throat and lungs, and can cause a heavy cough during use. Chest colds and lung infections are common among those who use marijuana. It can increase bleeding, lower blood pressure and affect blood sugar, as well.

The effects – a pleasant euphoria, sense of relaxation, potentially heightened sensory perception, an altered perception of time and increased appetite — are experienced almost immediately. The aforementioned effects are the more pleasant results of pot smoking; some people experience anxiety, distrust fear or panic, usually if they have taken too much, the stash has a high potency or they are new to using. The effects of smoking marijuana can last one to three hours; if the substance is ingested, the effects can continue for several hours.

Marijuana can impair the thought process, short-term memory and the ability to learn and perform complicated tasks Users are unable to focus their attention and lack coordination.

Large doses can result in acute psychosis with hallucinations, delusions and loss of personal identity. These are temporary, albeit extremely unpleasant, reactions!

Long-term effects of marijuana use may include a reduced resistance to common illnesses, a suppressed immune system, reduction of male sex hormones and sexual capacity among male users, and the destruction of lung fibers and lesions on the brain.

The use of this mind-altering drug is widespread among teens, young adults and the general population. In 2017 the trends in Prevalence of Marijuana / Hashish use in past month were reported by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 9.6% for Ages 12 or Older, 6.5% Ages 12 to 17, 22.1% Ages 18 to 25, and 7.9% Ages 26 or Older.

Regular users will find that a tolerance builds up and more of the drug is needed to achieve the same high. Marijuana / Hashish has the potential to cause problems in one’s daily life leading to detox and withdrawal. Addicts may display pronounced apathy, drowsiness and lack of motivation. They will continue to use even if they feel that said use is problematic. The urge to use is insatiable to them and they do not feel “normal” without the drug, which has become a top priority in their lives, over social or occupational responsibilities.

The challenges an addict may have to confront, along with their heavy abuse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include:

  • An increased probability of dropping out of school or abandoning goals
  • More workers’ compensation claims
  • Less career successes, marked by increased absences from work
  • Relationship problems
  • Worsening mental and physical health

Frequent users report anxiety, chills, craving the drug, a decreased appetite, difficulty sleeping, fluctuating emotions, gastrointestinal symptoms, headaches, irritability, moodiness, nausea and restlessness among the withdrawal symptoms they experience when they stop using. These generally last two to three weeks, dissipating over time.

Conclusion: Treatment can help addicts overcome the emotional hurdles associated with quitting. Anti-anxiety medications can help with stress and panic attacks that often occur after stopping marijuana use.

Marijuana / Hashish In-patient tracks for detox and withdrawal in conjunction with solid outpatient programs are available to help you take control of your life again. Ask for help to quit; you are not alone and there are resources available!

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