Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. Over 94 million people in the U.S. have admitted using it at least once. To learn more statistics about who uses marijuana (cannabis), explore this infographic.
More on what to expect during marijuana rehab here.
The way marijuana is administered determines its onset of effects. Smoked marijuana = seconds or minutes to kick in. Oral consumption of weed = 20-45 minutes to onset. More here.
Yes! Addiction is more than the substances someone uses. It’s a disease centered in our thinking and our actions. More on why pot smokers can benefit from rehab here.
Do you suspect that someone you know is addicted to marijuana? Do you perhaps think that you are becoming an addict yourself? How can you know for sure?
Marijuana abuse occurs when you use marijuana for non-medical reasons. More on the definition of drug abuse as related to weed.
What does smoking marijuana do to you and is it bad for you? More on the effects of smoked weed here.
There is no medical indication for use of marijuana in youth. So how can you tell if your kids is under the influence? We explore here.
Yes, you can get high on marijuana. More on how psychoactive ingredients work in the brain to create euphoria, and MJ’s addictive potential here.
Yes, you can overdose on marijuana (THC). Signs of overdose include nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, or acute paranoia. More here on how to address marijuana overdose and its complications.
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Abuse of marijuana
Marijuana does have potential medical use for conditions like for chronic pain caused by cancer, surgery and neuropathic conditions like fibromyalgia, and to control spasm symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis, and to improve appetite on cancer patients. However, marijuana is a drug that is easily abused because of its mind-altering and addictive effects. These effects can cause people to get hooked to marijuana. This applies even to marijuana used for medical purposes. Marijuana abuse is the continued pattern of use of cannabis and its products for euphoric effect.
Individuals abusing marijuana often exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
- Conflict and distraught relationships with the family due to marijuana use
- Instances of using marijuana during crucial moments at home, work or school, and using on dangerous situations
- like driving or operating machinery
- Neglect of responsibilities at work, home or school due to marijuana use
- Repeated problems with the police and the law due to marijuana us
Marijuana abuse can cause serious problems in your life, career, legal standing, and overall health. Abusers of marijuana often choose to spend time getting and using the drug instead of giving meaningful time to their families and friends. Marijuana abusers often have conflict with their close relationships and colleagues due to their inability to perform and finish responsibilities at work, home or school. They also have history of repeated arrests and incarcerations due to violations of local drug possession laws. They also suffer from numerous health problems and physical disabilities brought by marijuana use. Because of these social, legal, financial and health risks of using, people who want to quit may require marijuana addiction treatment.
Risks of marijuana abuse
Abusing marijuana can be a threat to your life. The mind and perception-altering effects of marijuana can compromise your safety because you become less aware of your surroundings. When under influence of marijuana, you might get hurt from falls, slips or meet an accident if you drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. You might become a victim of violence or traffic accident due to marijuana-induced psychosis or panic symptoms. In addition, marijuana sold in the streets may have additional hallucinogens added to increase its weight and potency that could result to serious health issues.
Is it possible to overdose on marijuana? Yes, you can overdose on marijuana, although cases are very rare. Overdosing on marijuana rarely needs medical help; if it does happen, the focus is prevention of harm from his or her surroundings. Still if you feel the need for medical help on marijuana overdose, call 911 or your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
THC in marijuana has a fairly large safety margin. The lethal dose of THC in animals is reported to be more than 3 grams per kilograms of body weight. You need to take at least 210 grams of THC to reach this if your bodyweight is 70 kilograms.
A person who overdoses on marijuana may exhibit the following symptoms:
- bizarre behavior
- changes in gait
- dryness and irritation of the nose and/or throat
- fast heart rate
- low muscle tone
- slowness in movement