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Marijuana has gained a reputation as a safe drug that doesn’t cause any significant harm on users. Some even support the drug’s medical use in easing pain from cancer and other ailments. A growing legalization movement has led a number of state governments to legalize marijuana for medical and/or recreational use.

In spite of this popular perception, marijuana is an addictive drug that can negatively impact one’s work, school and family life through chronic abuse.

Sovereign Health provides marijuana detoxification and helps individuals restore productivity and brain function after marijuana abuse.

Abusing Marijuana

Some marijuana users, with vulnerabilities to stress, depression, mental illness or genetic predisposition, do end up exhibiting classic behaviors that define marijuana addiction, or what’s called Marijuana Use Disorder.

Cannabis dependence is actually much more common than dependence on other drugs due to the sheer number of people who use marijuana. Recognizing the signs of marijuana addiction can help determine the severity of the problem:

  • Angst that you “need” pot to relax and becoming dependent on it for relaxation
  • Developing a tolerance
  • An upset stomach, irritability, anxiety or depression when not high
  • Smoking more marijuana than intended
  • Spending most of one’s free time or transitional time between work and family time getting high due to an inability to control cravings
  • Spending considerable time and effort toward planning to procure or procuring marijuana
What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Side Effects of Marijuana Use Disorder

The onset of primary physical effects of marijuana is almost instantly when smoked and last for several hours, depending on individual tolerance levels. These include:

  • Red, puffy eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased appetite
  • Reduced reaction time

Psychological Effects of Cannabis Use:

  • Euphoria
  • Mood alterations ranging from calmness to high levels of anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Random or disjointed thoughts
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Distorted perception of time

Long-Term Impacts of Heavy Marijuana Use

  • Within the brain, a smaller orbitofrontal cortex – the predominant region for decision-making and interpreting emotions
  • Dense cross-brain connections, which researchers deduce are the brain’s way to bridge and compensate for disparities in abnormal sizes of  brain regions
  • Lower IQ scores
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Cannabis, also known as weed or herb, has analgesic (painkilling) and antiemetic (anti-nausea) effects when smoked or ingested (with heat prior). Although its main psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is commonly believed to require heat to “unlock” it, THC and its other compounds are technically psychoactive at room temperature, just considerably less effective.

In all three species of plants (Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis), THC is produced with carboxylic acid attached to it, requiring heat or even cold as a catalyst to separate the acid from the molecule. This increases its ability to bind with receptors in the brain and the rest of the body more profoundly, effectively boosting its psychoactive potential.

When used in edible form, the heat also increases the fat solubility of THC, increasing its stability and availability in its more psychoactive, decarboxylated state. For this reason, THC takes the most amount of time among all the other drugs (about a month for people with an average BMI) to leave their system since the molecules are bonded to fat cells.

Most of these symptoms will wear off as the drug itself wears off, but for some, the psychological effects of marijuana can last many months or even years after the individual stops smoking. Anxiety and depression are very common outcomes of marijuana addiction, and these two medical conditions are likely to lead to an individual’s desire to self-medicate or a need for prescribed medication to treat the condition appropriately.

For those struggling with marijuana addiction recovery, help can be found at a marijuana rehab center, normally starting with a marijuana detox program which will give the individual a fresh start on the road to sobriety.

Marijuana Treatment Program

Sovereign Health’s marijuana addiction treatment provides rehabilitation that focuses on both the physical and psychological effects of marijuana withdrawal.

Marijuana use can take months or even years to develop into dependence, which is why a user may not even realize that he or she has become addicted to marijuana. Hence, we aim to educate and inform not just our patients, but the general public as well about the hidden consequences that marijuana use disorder brings with it.

Withdrawal symptoms may not be too difficult, depending on the severity of addiction. In most cases the best marijuana detoxification is on the foundation of residential treatment with like-minded patients also looking to recover from marijuana use disorder. Group and individual counseling and therapy as per the patient’s needs and an emphasis on wellness, recovery and resiliency.

What our Clients Say!

‘We learned to talk about things in a safe environment & know we won’t be judged because we all have things we have to work towards here.’

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health is a leading treatment provider here in the U.S. in customizing recovery according to each patient’s rehabilitation and therapeutic needs. We offer:

  • Joint Commission-accredited facilities
  • Treatment for dual diagnosis of marijuana use disorder along with co-occurring disorders such as mental illness, trauma and eating disorders
  • Multiple tracks for tailored treatment plans

Marijuana Sovereign Health is a refreshingly innovative treatment provider, combining cutting-edge rehabilitation modalities with traditional and alternative therapies to promote lasting recovery from mental or behavioral health issues.