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Marijuana Addiction – Information and Treatment
Do you abuse marijuana?
The following questions are based on the American Psychological Association's clinical diagnosis test of marijuana addiction. In the last year:
If you answered "Yes" to 3 or more of these questions, you may have a problem with abusing marijuana. Please keep reading for further information and treatment options available in California.
What is Marijuana, and How is it Used?
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana ("pot," "weed," "herb," etc.) is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant. The major active chemical in marijuana is THC, which causes the mind-altering effects of marijuana intoxication. The amount of THC (which is also the psychoactive ingredient in hashish) determines the potency and, therefore, the effects of marijuana.
How is Marijuana Used?
Most users smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes called joints, among other names; some use pipes or water pipes called bongs. Marijuana is also used to brew tea, and is sometimes mixed into foods.
Marijuana is a Serious Problem in the U.S.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S., with 15.2 million past-month users), according to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). That year, marijuana was used by 75.6% of current illicit drug users and was the only drug used by 53% percent of them.
Short and Long-Term Effects of Marijuana Abuse
When marijuana is smoked, its active ingredient, THC, travels throughout the body (including the brain) to produce its many effects. THC attaches to sites called cannabinoid receptors on nerve cells in the brain, affecting the way those cells work. Cannabinoid receptors are abundant in parts of the brain that regulate movement, coordination, learning and memory, higher cognitive functions such as judgment, and pleasure.
Short and long-term effects of marijuana abuse are detailed below.
Short-Term Effects of Marijuana Use
Long-Term Effects of Marijuana Use
* Marijuana smoke contains some of the same cancer-causing compounds as tobacco, sometimes in higher concentrations. Studies show that someone who smokes five joints per week may be taking in as many cancer-causing chemicals as someone who smokes a full pack of cigarettes every day, thus long-term use poses a risk of cancer.
Treatment for Marijuana Abuse Available in Northern California
Rehab Options for Addiction to Marijuana
If you're looking to be free of marijuana abuse, seek rehabilitation at Support Systems Homes. Our treatments for marijuana abuse & addiction are described below. If you would be better served by more than one, we may combine several treatments.
Residential treatment also offers the chance to form support networks with others in recovery and to learn about making healthy lifestyle choices (nutrition, exercise).Support Systems Homes will help you develop a plan for reaching and staying clean long-term.
Community-Based Self-Help Groups:
Call Support Systems Homes for Help with Marijuana Abuse
Marijuana addiction needs professional treatment, like any other abused drug. Support Systems Homes' rehab programs cover marijuana detox, treatment for addiction, and supportive rehab centers.
If you or someone you know may be abusing marijuana in Northern California, call us at (800) 811-1800 to discuss treatment options. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further Resources and Information
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
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