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Marijuana Addiction


Is Marijuana Addictive?

There is a common misconception that marijuana is not addictive, and for many people, this is true. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 42% of Canadians report having used marijuana at some point in their lives, but many of them only tried it once or twice. However, marijuana has the same addictive potential as any other substance.

Much like alcohol, marijuana affects people in a wide variety of different ways. Some people become relaxed and “mellow”, while others become more energetic and talkative. In large doses, it can cause toxic psychosis, in which the individual experiences hallucinations, paranoia and self-deception.

Marijuana addiction is a very real problem which is often aggravated by use of the drug in conjunction with other substances.

marijuana is less harmful

I’ve heard that Marijuana is less Harmful than Cigarettes

Actually, most marijuana has a higher health risk than tobacco. Not only does it contain more tar than tobacco, it has over four hundred chemicals in it, many of which are known to cause cancer.

Regular smoking of marijuana can result in chronic coughs and bronchitis, and for those with asthma, it can increase the severity and frequency of attacks. It increases the risk of several cancers, and it can aggravate the symptoms of several conditions, including schizophrenia.

What about Medical Marijuana?

Many people believe that marijuana is “good for you” because of its increasing use for medical purposes. While some medical benefits have been established, these apply to specific strains of marijuana which are used to treat a small number of conditions. The fact that certain kinds of marijuana have a medical use does not mean that marijuana is healthy for general everyday use.

When should I seek marijuana addiction help?

Some warning signs that you can look out for in yourself or a loved one include the following:

  • Declining performance at work or school
  • Lowered sense of personal, family or financial responsibility
  • Poor speech and memory function
  • Inability to think clearly and learn new things

Symptoms of withdrawal after going without marijuana for a period of time –these include anxiety or nervousness, insomnia and gastrointestinal problems

Marijuana addiction treatment

Addiction Rehab Toronto provides a safe, supportive environment in which people with a marijuana addiction can recover, build a network of support and gain the tools they need to lead a positive, productive life that is free of marijuana and other substances. We follow a holistic approach of treating the human being rather than the addiction, and we also offer support for close friends and family members.

To learn more about how we can help you, please visit our marijuana addiction treatment page.

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