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Marijuana and Addiction

Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant. While there are many industrial uses for this plant, when most people think of marijuana, they think of its ‘recreational’ uses.

The key ingredient in marijuana that causes altered mental states is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which is known to most people simply as THC.

Human understanding of THC and its effects has increased over the years
As a matter of fact, this increased knowledge of weed is actually what is at the root of many marijuana problems today, as THC has become increasingly concentrated in marijuana over the last two decades or so.

The concentrations of THC in weed that is bought on the street today are many times what they used to be twenty to twenty-five years ago. This makes marijuana today much more addictive and also much more potentially damaging to the mind.

Among many of the potential problems that weed addiction can cause are problems with logical thinking and memory
When a person is high, they have the illusion of being smarter than they were previously, while mental function is actually considerably degraded.

The effects even spill over into everyday life, so that there are problems with memory and concentration even when one is not high.

People also seem to experience a lack of direction in life, and those with once-promising careers may find themselves completely side-tracked, and working in low-paying unskilled jobs due to their marijuana addiction. Of course, I’m not saying this happens to everyone, but it can and does happen to a great many users of marijuana.

One’s success in quitting marijuana depends a great deal upon the reasons one started using it in the first place
If you used marijuana to suppress the effects of problems you were facing, facing those problems again might cause a relapse. The key, of course, is to find answers other than marijuana.

Building a good support structure is essential, but one has to be careful when doing this
If one has a weed addiction, most of one’s friends are also users, and they hardly form the best environment in which to quit weed.

Try to ask friends and family who are non-users to support you in quitting weed. Besides this, psychological counseling can also help a marijuana user, especially if underlying problems were what caused the marijuana use in the first place.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, known as CBT for short, has been known to be quite effective in dealing with a marijuana addiction. CBT focuses upon re-directing a person’s thoughts and correcting factors in the environment that caused the addiction in the first place.

Motivational interviewing, also known as MI, is another psychological method that has considerable success in treating a marijuana addiction. MI is very good in the initial stages of quitting weed, as it has been shown to be very effective in creating the motivation necessary to step away from a weed addiction. Psychotherapy involving the whole family has also shown to be very successful in treating a weed addiction.

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