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Cannabis (Marijuana) Addiction
Updated on 16/09/2021
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Cannabis, or Marijuana as it is otherwise known, is an illegal drug derived from the cannabis Sativa plant.

The most consistently used and abused drug in the United Kingdom [1], approximately 29.6% of adults in England and Wales take advantage of the side effects that Cannabis has each year. [2]

While Cannabis is often used recreationally, many individuals use Cannabis as a form of pain relief or to alleviate the symptoms associated with mental health disorders, such as anxiety.

Although many individuals believe that consuming Cannabis is not harmful, reports show that more than 55,000 people require Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction treatment in any given year due to the physical and psychological ramifications of Cannabis abuse and dependency. [3]

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What Is A Cannabis (Marijuana) Addiction?

A Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction or a Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD), as they are medically referred to, are psychological substance disorders that essentially see individuals become reliant on the short term effects of Cannabis use.

Upon consumption, Cannabis helps many individuals relax and feel calm for a short period.  However, these short term effects gradually diminish.

Over time, the brain becomes dependent on the effects that consuming Cannabis provides, leaving many to experience intense cravings.  These cravings ultimately signal that a Cannabis (Marijuana) Addiction has developed.

What Causes A Cannabis (Marijuana) Addiction?

Cannabis (Marijuana) addictions arise from many different factors.  However, mental health disorders are one of the leading causes.

This is because, as touched on above, Cannabis use reduces the symptoms and pessimistic feelings associated with mental health disorders.

Other causes of a Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Peer pressure
  • Problematic Cannabis use
  • Genetics
  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement

Irrespective of the cause of a Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction, various treatment options are available for people from all walks of life to take advantage of.

Signs and Symptoms Of A Cannabis (Marijuana) Addiction

Due to their very nature, Cannabis misuse and dependency’s give way to several physical and psychological symptoms. Ketamine Addiction Treatment & Rehab

Significantly impairing an individual’s health, the symptoms associated with Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction ultimately highlight that the brain and body struggle to cope.

However, the symptoms of Cannabis abuse often go ignored and result in more than [4] 16,994 hospital admissions being made in England each year.  

Identifying the symptoms of Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction is of utmost importance.  However, many fail to familiarise themselves with the symptoms that indicate that professional treatment is needed.

Below, we have outlined several common symptoms of Cannabis misuse and dependency.

 

Physical Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite
  • Reduced interest in appearance

 

Psychological Symptoms

  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Poor judgement
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia

 

Behavioural Symptoms

  • Changes to routine
  • Secretive behaviour
  • Isolation
  • Changes in interests
  • Financial difficulty
  • Broken relationships

Though the symptoms noted above are commonly associated with Cannabis abuse and addictions, it is important to remember that the signs and symptoms vary from person to person.

Some individuals will only experience a few of the physical and psychological symptoms, while others will come to encounter a multitude of symptoms.

Treatment Options for Cannabis (Marijuana) Addiction

Treatment options for Cannabis (Marijuana) addictions greatly vary and depend on the rehab attended, the severity of addiction, the symptoms an individual experiences. The physical and psychological impact addiction has had.

Usually, treatment for Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction includes:

Detoxification is the first stage in addiction treatment. Medically induced detox initiates the withdrawal process, which essentially removes harmful toxins from the body and brain. Following detoxification, rehabilitation treatment programmes are encountered.What Treatments Are Best For Legal High Addictions

Rehabilitation treatment programmes include cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling sessions. Combined, these particular treatments ensure that underlying causes of addiction can be identified and overcome.

As Cannabis (Marijuana) addictions often arise due to mental health disorders, some individuals require dual diagnosis treatment. This particular treatment sees an individual simultaneously progress through addiction and mental health treatment to maximise their recovery efforts.

Although the above treatments are exceptionally beneficial, no one person is the same. Likewise, no one addiction is the same. Considering this, customised treatment programmes are supplied to those who require treatment.

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Regardless of the severity of your Cannabis addiction, the symptoms you have come to experience and the length of time your cannabis dependency has been present, we can support you.

Through the employment of our self-referral service, we will distinguish the treatment that will benefit you, and we will locate a suitable rehab on your behalf.

To secure our help, call us today on 0800 012 6088. Alternatively, please chat with us online today and request a callback.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Side Effects Of Cannabis Use?
Cannabis use and abuse are associated with various short and long-term side effects. The short-term side effects of Cannabis use include reduced concentration, memory problems, reduced reaction time and increased heart rate. These particular side effects alleviate within ten hours. The long-term side effects of Cannabis use include reduced mental health, poor cognitive function, heart problems, lung cancer and organ failure. These side effects are long-lasting and often require medical treatment.
How Long Does Cannabis (Marijuana) Addiction Treatment Take?
Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction treatment typically takes between 28 and 90 days to complete. The intensity of addiction and how an individual responds to treatment will ascertain how long treatment is required. If you are personally in need of addiction treatment, you must consider that recovering from a Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction is a lifelong process. With this in mind, we advise that you avoid putting a time frame on your addiction treatment and recovery.
Is Support Available Upon Completing Cannabis (Marijuana) Addiction?
Yes, upon completing Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction treatment, you will be equipped with 12-months of aftercare and a relapse prevention plan. Aftercare support will see you encouraged to attend weekly group therapy sessions at your chosen rehab. Recovery support groups will also be recommended.

References

  • [1] consistently used and abused drug in the United Kingdom - https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/articles/drugmisuseinenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2020
  • [2] 29.6% of adults in England and Wales take advantage of the side effects that Cannabis has each year. - https://www.statista.com/statistics/976850/cannabis-use-in-the-uk/
  • [3] more than 55,000 people require Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction treatment in any given year due to the physical and psychological ramifications of Cannabis abuse and dependency. - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47950785
  • [4] more than - https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/statistics-on-drug-misuse/2020/part-1-hospital-admissions-related-to-drug-misuse
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