Marijuana Addiction Jupiter

Marijuana has become one of the most popular illegal drugs worldwide. This mind-altering psychoactive drug comes from the sativa plant and contains about 400 chemicals. The active ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). This is the main chemical that causes the psychoactive effect. There are some popular names for marijuana such as Aunt Mary, Dope, Hash, Gangster, Ganja, Grass, Herb, Joint, Mary Jane, Kif, Mota, Pot, Weed, and Yerba.

Marijuana is generally smoked as a cigarette or in a pipe. A cigar that has been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana it is called a blunt. Blunts can also have other drugs in them. Marijuana can also be mixed with foods and brewed as a tea. When weed is smoked, the THC goes through the lungs and into the bloodstream. This helps the chemical go to other organs throughout the body, which may include the brain where cannabinoid receptors which influence memory, pleasure, concentration, thought, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement are.
Short-term effects may include problems with recollection and learning, distorted perception, difficulty in thinking and problem-solving, and loss of coordination. Marijuana can affect perception and coordination and lead to serious impairments in driving abilities. Long-term abuse of marijuana is linked to A motivational Syndrome which causes apathy, impairment of judgment, memory and concentration, and lack of motivation, drive and concern in the pursuit of personal or professional goals. Long term abuse can lead to mental mis-perception, panic responses and hallucinations. Professionals in the addiction field have also found a link between marijuana addiction and other psychotic disorders such depression and schizophrenia. This is especially for teens that have a genetic predisposition.

Individuals experimenting with marijuana oftentimes use other more dangerous illegal drugs. This disorder is called a dual diagnosis which may require skilled medical assistance and the services offered at addiction treatment facilities. If you are struggling with chemical dependency, seek help at 561-768-7644.

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