In its own way, marijuana or cannabis may be one of the most controversial drugs in the world. It's the only street drug to be recommended for medical use in the same form that is used for illicit drug abuse purposes.
Arguments for medical marijuana are largely based on the supposed therapeutic effects and the harmless qualities of the drug. But is this actually the case? If the drug were actually harmless, one would assume that people were not becoming addicted, not suffering adverse effects and not needing rehabilitation to become drug-free if they want to. Is this the case?
There is evidence that marijuana is itself addictive and that it also paves the path to use of other drugs. While lasting recovery is achievable at Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers around the world, it would be better if the true nature of the drug were realized by more people before they made the choice to start.
Marijuana and Rehabilitation
Around the world, between 125 and 200 million people abuse cannabis each year. In the US, 2.4 million new people start using marijuana every year, average age about 18.
In 2009, more than 360,000 Americans who were using marijuana and could not stop without help went to rehab. About 45% were under 21 and the majority were 24 or younger. Twenty-five percent of these 360,000 people started using marijuana by the time they were twelve years old and another 32% had started by the time they were 14. It's likely that either marijuana or alcohol was the first drug they started abusing.
The mental effects of marijuana can become more severe if the drug is used on a daily basis or in the event of higher dosages. This fact becomes significant when the rising potency of marijuana is considered. Over the last two decades, the average THC (tetrahydrocannabinol - the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana) content has increased from less than 4% to more than 10%. Some samples have THC contents of 25% or even higher.
Recovery from addiction to marijuana requires the same steps as recovery from any other addiction. The damage done to relationships, to one's ability to think clearly and one's ability to reach goals must be rehabilitated. With marijuana, each of these areas takes a hit.
Narconon Drug Rehab Centers Help People Find Lasting Sobriety
At Narconon centers on six continents tens of thousands of people have sought help for addiction to marijuana, cocaine or other drugs. In the long-term, residential Narconon treatment program, each person has the time to fully detoxify from the effects of drugs. A sauna-based program that incorporates daily exercise and a strict nutritional regimen enables each person to flush out drug residues left behind in fatty tissues of the body. According to information published by the Brookhaven National Laboratory, THC tends to be stored in fatty tissue as it is fat-soluble. The combination of sauna, nutrition and exercise enable these residues to be flushed out, improving mood, cravings and energy.
Each person in recovery also has the support needed to discover and repair the reasons drug abuse started. And to complete recovery from addiction, each person learns the life skills that are vital to staying drug free even when faced by challenging situations. It takes a very well-rounded program like this to turn addiction into lasting sobriety.
At a Narconon program, no drugs are ever used as part of addiction treatment. The goal is a completely drug-free life. In seven out of ten cases, graduates of the Narconon drug rehab program accomplish this goal, one of the best success rates in this field.
Marijuana's Effects on Perception and Thinking
Research shows that marijuana causes distorted perceptions, poor coordination and difficulty thinking and solving problems. This can result in learning and memory problems. And since the effects of using marijuana can last for weeks, a person using the drug every day may be experiencing a constant reduction of their intellectual ability.
Marijuana's Effects on One's Life
According to the United Nations, among those who become long-term marijuana abusers, lower income and higher unemployment are common, along with a higher rate of being unmarried. Heavy use or use of high-potency marijuana is associated with mental health problems such as psychosis or schizophrenia. Chronic use can result in anxiety and depression.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) also reports that heavy marijuana smokers suffered damage to social life and to employment or careers due to work absences, accidents, workers' compensation claims and frequent job turnover. NIDA notes that marijuana use may aggravate existing problems to the point that minor problems become serious ones.
Helping a Loved One
When someone you care about is abusing cannabis and can't find a way to stop on their own, contact the international offices of Narconon to find a location of a Narconon drug rehab near you. This can be the beginning of a new sober life for your loved one and it can mean that you can have your loved one back again, the way they were before drugs changed things. Get all the details today on how Narconon helps end addiction to marijuana.
- http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/infofacts/marijuana (Drug Facts: Marijuana)
- Marijuana Potency