Marijuana is the most commonly used addictive substance after tobacco and alcohol. Commonly known as weed, grass, bud, herb, pot, ganja and Mary Jane, marijuana can be anything from dried leaves, stems, flowers, to seeds obtained from the plant species “cannabis sativa” or “cannabis indica”. Marijuana’s high addiction potential is attributed to the presence of a mind-altering chemical called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Marijuana is known as a “gateway” drug due to its strong addiction potential. It is consumed in multiple ways like:
Athena’s marijuana detox programs offer behavioral tools to help people struggling with marijuana addiction recover successfully. We use tried and tested therapies to help people overcome marijuana addiction, which may include:
The intoxicating or mind-altering effects of marijuana are attributed to increased secretion of dopamine levels in the human body, which gives a sense of extreme euphoria or pleasure. It is also responsible for the addiction potential of marijuana, which over a long period of time may lead to tolerance and hence, addiction.
People addicted to marijuana are also vulnerable to experimenting with other drugs. Although marijuana has no direct correlation with the abuse of other illicit drugs, it has such a huge addiction potential that the user may require complete detoxification at a credible rehabilitation center.
Marijuana is a plant extract from the genus Cannabis that contains more than 60 types of cannabinoids or active constituents of cannabis.
Of these 60 constituents, only two are commercially studied
The following chart explains how marijuana affects the brain.
Both THC and CBD can have different effects on one’s mind and the body, which can be segregated into short-term and long-term effects:
The above explains how marijuana completes its process of intoxicating people. It produces the following effects:
Marijuana use, over a period of time, starts affecting brain development, in some cases, permanently.
Marijuana is generally consumed in the form of hand-rolled cigarettes (joints) or in pipes or water pipes (bongs). However, charas, ganja, and hash are some of its widely abused forms. It is completely banned in India. However, it is sold as shakes laced with regulated amount of marijuana (called “thandai”) at licensed shops in certain parts of India. In addition, it is also abused by mixing it with edibles like cookies, candies, tea, and brownies.
The following symptoms may indicate marijuana abuse:
Athena’s marijuana addiction rehab centers provide treatment programs that focus on both the physical and psychological effects of marijuana withdrawal. For more information about our treatment programs and marijuana detox treatment offered at our specialized marijuana detox centers, please call our 24/7 helpline 9289086193. Alternatively, you can also chat online with one of our representatives for further assistance.