Marijuana, while not physically addictive, is psychologically so, meaning, you may develop the habit of thinking you need more of it. It’s considered a “gateway” drug because its use may potentially lead to harder and more dangerous substances. Marijuana, also known as pot or weed, is associated with a number of potentially negative health issues, though long-term studies disagree on its health threat level.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug. There are many Marijuana Addiction Symptoms and may include:
- Impaired memory
- Impaired coordination
- Increased heart rate
When large amounts are ingested, especially via food, effects may also include:
- Delusional behavior
- Hallucinatory episodes
The only definitive physical characteristics that might confirm marijuana use are a dry mouth and bloodshot eyes. The active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, is a vasodilator (expanding blood vessels), which leads to the latter of these telltale signs.The symptoms of marijuana addiction may not always be easy to identify. Generally, the casual user under the influence of the drug appears happy and, perhaps, a little “slower” than he or she might otherwise appear. But this type of behavior can, of course, have other origins.
As marijuana typically increases the user’s hunger, he or she may have an overwhelming desire to eat. This is what is commonly known as the “marijuana munchies” and, is due to the effects of THC. The drug tends to stimulate the senses beyond their normal levels so users are often impelled, while high, towards preferred activities and hobbies: music, art, sex, and other sensual pleasures can all be enhanced by the effects of marijuana. Other symptoms of marijuana addiction may include poor or irregular sleeping habits and a hacking cough brought on by the drug’s high levels of tar they are ingesting.
In younger people or teenagers, the signs of marijuana addiction may be a bit easier to spot.
Here are symptoms of marijuana addiction to look out for:
- If the teen suddenly starts performing worse at school, becomes less motivated and less interested; if they start missing classes and school-related events;
- If their appearance takes a turn for the worse and their once coordinated clothing becomes disheveled;
- If the teen isolates him or herself to some drastic degree, preferring to mostly be alone rather than interacting with friends and family;
- If he or she begins to request money from parents or others without a reason or if they are caught stealing at home or in public.
These are all behaviors that may be traced back to marijuana addiction. However, marijuana is not the only possible explanation. If you believe someone you know might be abusing the drug, get as much definitive proof as possible before confronting them and possibly helping them seek treatment.If you need help, contact Marijuana Anonymous or look into marijuana treatment facilities by contacting us.
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