Weed: Addiction and Treatment

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Addiction & Treatment

Weed is a term that is used to describe any variety of the cannabis plant that can be smoked, eaten, or vaporized to alter one’s state of mind. It has been used for medicinal purposes throughout recorded history and today its use may be legalized in some countries and decriminalized in others. Weed or marijuana is most often smoked as a recreational drug but it’s also been ground into pills for medical uses. Not all weed plants are psychoactive; some have high levels of cannabidiol (CBD), which does not produce intoxication effects when ingested in even very high doses.


The psychoactive properties of weed are what make it so popular and controversial. Marijuana is a mind-altering drug, producing mild to strong euphoria and distortions in time perception. The consumption of weed can lead to different effects depending on the amount of THC consumed in the body. Short-term use has also been proven to have analgesic, antiemetic, muscle relaxant, and bronchodilator effects. 

When an individual consumes marijuana, it takes a while to feel any effects because THC needs to accumulate in their system before it has any effect. A person would need to consume high amounts of cannabis regularly for several days before they start feeling the effects of withdrawal and addiction. Conversely, marijuana usage can cause acute adverse effects including panic attacks where the user feels like they are being threatened by something stalking them or that they’re in grave danger.

  • Affected attitude and beliefs
  • A lack of cooperation
  • Reasoning and problem-solving challenges
  • Learning disruptions and memory recall issues
  • A diminished appetite


Marijuana symptoms include:

  • Increased heart rate, 
  • Dry mouth, 
  • Slowed reaction time, 
  • Drowsiness, 
  • Fatigue  
  • Possible addiction.

Allowing yourself to be tempted by this drug will only harm your life in the long run. In brief: Marijuana has very negative effects on the user’s body that can lead to health complications or even death if used too often.


Marijuana addiction is a gradual process that starts when the user begins to use marijuana more and more often. Once the tolerance for marijuana is high, the user will have to use it in order to feel anything. This cycle of marijuana usage causes users to become addicted.

  • Marijuana addiction treatment can be difficult because it requires finding how long someone has been using it and then developing a plan of treatment based on their level of dependence. The treatment must also be tailored according to a medical condition, age, and other factors like employment status or family obligations.
  • Marijuana addiction treatment is not a cure for marijuana addiction, but it does treat the symptoms. Participants in Drug Detox Austin Texas are offered counseling and use medications to reduce their cravings for marijuana. It also helps with reducing anxiety and depression when abstaining from marijuana. This is usually only offered in inpatient rehab centers because it takes commitment to stop using for the long term. 
  • There are some medications that can help people stay away from drugs, but there are many other programs that are available as part of a drug rehabilitation program such as group classes or individual counseling sessions. Each program is different and takes a different amount of time to complete. Some drug rehab centers are based on the 12 steps, which are a series of instructions with steps that each participant must follow to remain sober. 
  • Other programs do not use any one specific therapy or treatment method and instead offer many services and drugs in an attempt to help people with addiction heal. Treatment clinics also use testing in order to determine the level of drugs being used by the patient. 
  • Some marijuana addiction treatment programs may include inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, halfway houses, sober living homes, intensive outpatient rehab, group homes, or long-term residential treatment. Based on the individual and their habit issue, each has pros and cons of its own.

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