Marijuana addiction is a serious problem that can have a detrimental effect on you personally, physically and mentally. If you are struggling with marijuana abuse, you will likely need professional help to overcome your addiction and adapt to a new life of sobriety. To get the help you need, contact Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers in Los Angeles and Malibu at 866-889-3665 today.
Learn About Teen Marijuana Addiction
Marijuana is a drug derived from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The leaves, flowers, stems and seeds may all be used to create a dried substance that can be smoked through hand-rolled cigarettes or a pipe. The plant substance can also be transformed into a sticky liquid known as hash oil or a resin known as hashish. In addition to smoking, cannabis can also be baked into edibles and consumed or brewed into tea.
Marijuana is one of the most widely used substances among teens today. In 2014, 44.4 percent of 12th graders and 33.7 percent of 10th graders reported using marijuana at some point during their lifetime, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Addiction rates are higher for those that begin using the substance at a younger age, with one in six marijuana users that start as teens becoming addicted.
Marijuana’s Effect on the Body
Marijuana that is smoked enters the bloodstream faster than pot that is consumed in edibles. The short-term effects of marijuana include:
- Altered senses
- Different time perception
- Diminished coordination
- Decreased reaction time
- Mental confusion, difficulty problem-solving
- Increased appetite
The “high” from marijuana is often followed by a period of depression or fatigue. Effects of the drug may be different or more intense if use is accompanied by use of other substances, such as alcohol.
The long-term effects of marijuana are still being researched, but scientists have discovered that marijuana use that begins at a younger age could have a negative impact on mental function well into adulthood. One study found that those who smoke marijuana regularly during the teen years lost an average of eight IQ points, which were not recovered in adulthood. Marijuana addiction also has a detrimental effect on the lungs, increasing the risk of frequent coughs and lung infections.
Signs & Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction
Contrary to what many people think today, users can indeed become addicted to marijuana. Signs of marijuana addiction might include:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Persistent cough
- Ongoing memory problems
- Impaired coordination
- More time getting, using and recovering from the drug
- Continued use despite legal, personal and professional problems
- Symptoms of withdrawal if the person tries to stop using
If a user becomes addicted to marijuana, withdrawal symptoms might appear if usage is stopped. Those signs might include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Irritability and anxiety
- Decreased appetite
- Cravings for the drug