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Overview of Marijuana detox

It wasn’t that long ago that addicts were considered to merely be bad people. Anyone with problematic substance abuse behavior were actually believe to be weak in character and will, lacking in a relationship with God. They were seen as dangerous and worthy of punishment, which is why most substance abusers were imprisoned in jail or insane asylums. The idea was that being imprisoned would force them into sobriety while the fear of future incarceration would discourage them from relapsing. Unfortunately, that’s not how it happened. Although substance abuse remains fairly criminalized today, we came to learn that there was more to substance abuse than meets the eye.

In fact, it was when many of the people who had been incarcerated for substance abuse were released from prison or the asylums that we quickly realized these individuals may not be in control of their own behavior. Many of these individuals returned to their previous misdeeds after getting out of prison despite knowing that they could potentially be sent back to prison. This was what suggested to us that there was something more to addiction, something about the behavior that forced people to behave in ways that defied their sense of reason and was against their best interests.

After years of observation and study, we have come to understand addiction as a very serious, chronic, and progressive brain disease that affects a person’s brain, both in terms of function and even in its very structure. You’d think that knowing the likelihood of becoming addicted would deter people from abusing harmful, addictive substances, but the rate at which people are becoming addicted is faster than the rate of addicts getting sober. There are many treatment options available, including detox treatment for drugs like marijuana, heroin, and benzodiazepines, but the ease with which a person can overcome his or her addiction depends on a number of things, including the drug to which he or she is addicted, the length of time to which he or she has been addicted, whether he or she has attempted recovery previously, and other such factors.

One of the most commonly used and accessible drugs in the U.S.is marijuana. Many have insisted that marijuana cannot be addictive, but there’s been evidence in support of marijuana being a potentially habit-forming. Therefore, the following will describe marijuana its effects, marijuana addiction and withdrawals, and marijuana detox treatment.

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How Detoxing From Marijuana works

The official, scientific name for marijuana is cannabis, or cannabis sativa, and it’s a plant that’s indigenous to Central and South Asia. We’ve found evidence of the inhalation of burning cannabis that dates back five thousand years, used in what we currently believe were spiritual rituals. Marijuana may have had some type of significance for funerary rituals since much of the evidence that exists has been found among artifacts with known importance during early burial rituals. There’s also evidence that cannabis was eaten, including in Egyptian mummies dated to over three thousand years ago. It would come to be used in a number of ancient Asian medicinal practice, but by the 1900s attitudes toward marijuana had become extremely negative.

Marijuana is a psychoactive plant containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the primary psychoactive ingredient in the plant and what gives the substance is main effects. However, tetrahydrocannabinol is one of 483 known, identified compounds in the plant with at least 65 of them being other cannabinoids, which are compounds that offer the psychoactive effects. Although there are still some cultures that use marijuana for medicinal or spiritual purposes, marijuana has been made illegal throughout much of the world. In the United States and a number of other developed countries, there has been increasing support for the legalization of marijuana. Some states of gone so far as legalizing medicinal marijuana, which refers to the use of marijuana for modern, medicinal uses, but there are some states — Colorado and Washington, for example — that have actually legalized recreational marijuana.

As mentioned previously, it was historically assumed that marijuana couldn’t be addictive, but there’s emerging evidence to the contrary. When it comes down to it, any substance that a person imbibes that results in a loss of control is addictive in some capacity. In the case of marijuana, it’s referred to as marijuana use disorder, or cannabis use disorder, and makes marijuana detoxification necessary for addicts to progress in their recoveries.

WHAT DOES THE Marijuana DETOX PROCESS LOOK LIKE?

According to statistics, approximately half of the U.S. population has used marijuana at least once in their lives, making it the most widely used illicit drug in the U.S. With so many people using marijuana, there’s a pretty significant likelihood that individuals will develop marijuana use disorder, which involves a number of trademark signs to indicate a marijuana problem. The most essential sign of a marijuana problem is when a person becomes unable to remain in control of his or her marijuana use. Like other substances, the substance abuse escalates over time because the individual wants to experience greater levels of intoxication; however, due to the quick development of a tolerance, they’re unable to achieve the same level of intoxication that they experienced in the beginning, but the seeking of higher and higher levels of intoxication becomes almost an obsession.

It becomes quite difficult for the individual to concentrate since seeking and using the drug is the individual’s primary concern. Once it becomes so habitual that everything else in the addict’s life becomes unimportant, he or she reaches the point where it’s difficult to function without the marijuana. The addiction is much less physical than with other drugs, but it still have a great level of effect.

Those who doubt that marijuana is actually addictive should try to remember what it is the drug contains that create its effects. The THC and other cannabinoids in marijuana are responsible for the drug’s psychoactive effects, altering the brain’s chemical balance in the process. Due to the continued use of marijuana over extended periods of time, the brain inevitably becomes dependent on the cannabinoids and their effects. Some of the effects of cannabinoids include a dramatic decrease in energy and alertness, an increase in appetite, impulsivity and difficulty making rational and responsible decisions, intoxication and mild euphoria, and impaired memory. Therefore, the withdrawal symptoms are virtually the opposite extremes of these effects.

There are a number of withdrawal symptoms that a marijuana addict experiences after having become dependent and having developed a marijuana habit. One of the most prominent withdrawal symptoms is anxiety; however, some of the other symptoms include insomnia and having difficulty sleeping, depression, sudden and inexplicable changes in mood, lack of appetite, irritability, nausea and stomach cramps, headaches, and intense cravings.

Marijuana Detox Withdrawals

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Those who doubt that marijuana is actually addictive should try to remember what it is the drug contains that create its effects. The THC and other cannabinoids in marijuana are responsible for the drug’s psychoactive effects, altering the brain’s chemical balance in the process. Due to the continued use of marijuana over extended periods of time, the brain inevitably becomes dependent on the cannabinoids and their effects. Some of the effects of cannabinoids include a dramatic decrease in energy and alertness, an increase in appetite, impulsivity and difficulty making rational and responsible decisions, intoxication and mild euphoria, and impaired memory. Therefore, the withdrawal symptoms are virtually the opposite extremes of these effects.

There are a number of withdrawal symptoms that a marijuana addict experiences after having become dependent and having developed a marijuana habit. One of the most prominent withdrawal symptoms is anxiety; however, some of the other symptoms include insomnia and having difficulty sleeping, depression, sudden and inexplicable changes in mood, lack of appetite, irritability, nausea and stomach cramps, headaches, and intense cravings.

List of Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea

Can you detox from Marijuana at home?

One of the reasons that discourage people from recovery is the experience of withdrawal symptoms. When people are in active addiction, they often experience withdrawal symptoms during the times when they’re unable to obtain their substance or substances of choice; whether it’s due to a lack of funds or because the substance(s) are unavailable, they inevitably experience withdrawal symptoms at their fullest intensity, causing them to be fearful of being without their substance(s) of choice.

What they don’t realize is that detox treatment programs make it easier for addicts to break their physical dependence on marijuana or other substances without the experience of painful withdrawal symptoms. Although it’s possible for addicts to detox at successfully detox at home on their own, the fact that withdrawal symptoms can potentially become dangerous is why healthcare providers encourage addicts to detox in inpatient, medical detox programs that can offer them comfort, relaxation, a safe and drug-free environment, and continuous, 24-hour medical supervision that will ensure their safety during the detoxification process.

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How long does it take to detox from Marijuana

Everyone is different. When a person becomes addicted to marijuana or another substance, the circumstances that led to his or her addiction are different from others’ circumstances. Moreover, when an addict begins seeking treatment for addiction, he or she must find the therapeutic techniques and type of programming that best address his or her specific needs. In short, every addict’s needs are different. Some marijuana addicts might require a lot of time to detox while others may detox quickly.

However, it’s been found that the worst of the marijuana withdrawal symptoms typically last only a week or two. Other symptoms — particularly the insomnia and headaches — could persist for a month or two beyond the last instance of marijuana use, but these post-acute withdrawal symptoms, or PAWS, are considered to be much easier to manage and don’t deter a person from progressing into more advanced phases of recovery.

  • According to estimates from the United Nations, 158.8 million people around the world use marijuana regularly, which is nearly 4 percent of the global population.
  • It’s estimated that in 2006, there was more than 10,000 tons of marijuana produced in the United States.
  • In surveys, approximately 58 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 indicate they can easily obtain marijuana.
  • Studies have found that 62 percent of individuals aged 26 or older who tried marijuana before age 15 went on to use cocaine later in life. Additionally, about 54 percent would go on to recreationally abuse prescription drugs.
  • Each year, more than 2.1 million Americans use marijuana for the first time.