Marijuana Abuse and Treatment

Marijuana Abuse and Treatment

Marijuana can be used in many ways. Meaning there are many different ways to smoke it. Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint) or in a pipe.

It can also be smoked in blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with a mixture of marijuana either mixed with some tobacco or not.

When a person smokes a blunt they combine marijuana's active ingredients (THC) with nicotine and other harmful chemicals which then increases a person's high. When smoked, it begins to effect users almost immediately and can last for one to three hours. Marijuana can also be mixed in food, baked in pastries such as brownies cakes or cookies, or brewed as a tea. When it is eaten in food, such as baked in brownies and cookies, the effects take longer to begin, but usually last longer and have a different effect on the brain.

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Marijuana that is eaten will have a much more intense euphoric effect than if it was smoked.

As a more concentrated, resinous form, marijuana is called hashish or hash which is usually dark clay like hard substance, and as a sticky black liquid it's called hash oil.

Marijuana smoke has a pungent and distinctive, usually sweet-and-sour odor.

Sometimes the smell of marijuana smoke may be confused with the scent of a skunk that has just sprayed its odor.

Marijuana Effects on the body

Marijuana smoking may affect the body negatively in many different ways. Most marijuana abusers believe smoking pot does not result in negative effects, scientific research shows us otherwise. Marijuana use can cause many different health problems. Some of the short term effect of marijuana include problems with depth perception, memory loss, increased heart rate and decreased blood pressure. Sometimes marijuana use can also produce anxiety, fear, distrust, paranoia or panic. When high doses of marijuana are smoked or eaten a user will often experience hallucinations and delusions. Marijuana also has a dangerous effect on the heart. When marijuana is ingested by a person their heart will tend to race 20 to 30 beats more than normal. This increased heart rate and the effect of lower blood pressure can greatly increase a person's risk for heart attack.

Marijuana Abuse Treatment

A person who is addicted to marijuana and wishes to discontinue its use forever should enter a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program. These programs are available at a reliable rehabilitation facility. Such programs are designed to avoid relapse and include comprehensive substance abuse and psychiatric evaluations, group therapy, education, social services, individual counseling, promotion of 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

During rehab, a person who is partaking in these programs will usually reflect on how problems with substance abuse develop and the direct and indirect costs of substance abuse. They will also be taught what the triggers are for their individual substance abuse and be given the tools for relapse prevention.

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