What Is Marijuana (Weed) Abuse

Medically Reviewed by Dr. K on 17 March 2021

What Is Marijuana (Weed) Abuse?

Prolonged consumption of marijuana may have serious repercussions if kept unchecked. Changes in national legislation indicate that more individuals can purchase marijuana, for both medicinal and recreational usage. Although even though you use it under the law, it's easy to get addicted to it. This is classified as cannabis dependence.

Marijuana contains two key compounds, namely THC and CBD. THC produces a similar compound that our brains produce called anandamide that passes signals between our nerve cells and the rest of our body. Using marijuana (weed) frequently may lead our brain to stop naturally producing anandamide which will cause us to start to depend on the THC derived from marijuana. 

It is estimated that about 30% of marijuana users may have some form of marijuana dependency. Many that began using it by the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to be addicted than those who started later.

Signs of Marijuana Abuse and Addiction

Marijuana abuse occurs when you feel like you always require it, and without its use, you will suffer withdrawal effects. If you stop, you might:

  • have no sense of hunger
  • have irritability
  • have anxiety and restlessness
  • be unable to sleep

When you can't resist smoking marijuana despite the fact that it's impacting your career or relationships, you've developed an addiction. Almost 10% of those who consume pot on a daily basis will develop an addiction to it.

Treatment for Marijuana Abuse and Addiction

Typically, this focuses on altering the behaviour. Among the options are:

Talk therapy:
For certain patients, cognitive behavioural treatment is successful. It assists you in recognising the emotions and habits that contribute to your opioid usage and replacing them with healthy alternatives.

Motivational incentives:
When you give yourself a credit for staying drug-free, this is known as “contingency management." You'll set your goals and rewards with the help of a mental health therapist or an addiction counsellor.

Motivational enhancement therapy (MET):
This is intended to assist you in making a commitment to change your behaviour. It normally just takes two or four hours, and the psychiatrist can see you as a companion rather than a specialist. It's sometimes paired with other forms of treatment.

The Food and Drug Administration has not licenced any medications to combat marijuana misuse, although trials are being conducted to see whether medications used to treat sleep, anxiety, and other problems may be useful. If you have a psychiatric disorder such as anxiety or depression, taking drugs to relieve it can help you from abusing marijuana.

Your doctor will assist you in deciding which medications are more suitable for you.

Get Support

If you or a loved one is battling marijuana addiction, you can contact the Alcohol and Substance Abuse hotline at +603-2727 7434.

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