Cannabis Abuse

The Dangers of Cannabis Abuse

Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Although it has recently been legalized in the state of California and permitted in some capacity across 30 US states, it is still illegal at the federal level and can be abused. Marijuana use disorder (MUD) is defined as the continued use of cannabis despite impairment in psychological, physical, or social functioning. It is estimated that marijuana use disorder affects 6.3 percent of the population – almost 20 million people – at some point in their lives.

Although a moderate amount of marijuana consumption has no proven adverse effects, long-term abuse can lead to severe physical and mental ailments. Marijuana smoke has many of the same harmful properties as tobacco, which can damage your lungs and place you at a higher risk of lung infections. Marijuana ingestion can also increase your chances of a heart attack or stroke due to the increased heart rate that accompanies marijuana use. It can also aggravate pre-existing heart conditions over time in long-term users and the elderly. Cannabis use can also have mental health effects such as decreasing performance in memory-related tasks and exacerbating symptoms in schizophrenics. Marijuana can also be damaging in the short-term; it was the second most common reason for drug-related emergency room visits in 2010 after cocaine.

Symptoms & Signs That You Need Help

It is a common misconception that you cannot become addicted to cannabis. Although marijuana abuse is not nearly as common as addiction to other substances, marijuana use disorder is still a possibility for anyone who uses the substance. It can be difficult to recognize when you or a loved one is abusing cannabis, so look out for signs such as dangerous behavior when under the influence, requiring more cannabis than usual to get you high, and withdrawal symptoms when you stop using cannabis. Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Decreased appetite and weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Strong cravings for cannabis
  • Extreme irritability
  • Feeling agitated, anxious, or restless
  • Depression and/or anxiety

If you find yourself experiencing these withdrawal symptoms when ceasing cannabis use, or if you find that you cannot stop using cannabis for extended periods of time, it’s time to seek help for your use. Marijuana abuse treatments are highly effective and have great success rates, so reach out to Twin Town Treatment Centers if you believe you or someone you know may have marijuana use disorder.

How Twin Town Can Help

Many people who have frequently used marijuana for a long period of time struggle to cease using the drug on their own. If you or a loved one are ready to discuss treatment for marijuana use disorder, Twin Town Treatment Center is here to help you. We offer inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, support groups, and therapy to aid you in overcoming your abuse and start on the path to a better, healthier life.