Clinically Reviewed on: 15/03/2022 1:00 pm by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)
All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.
Across the world, cannabis is consumed on a regular basis by millions of individuals. Deemed to be somewhat harmless, many have sadly become reliant on cannabis and have, as a result, developed an addiction to the drug.
When an addiction to cannabis arises, the only way to overcome it is to undergo a cannabis detox programme. Offered by various private drug and alcohol rehabs across the country, cannabis detox enables individuals to regain control of their lives and overcome their addiction.
If you have recently referred yourself to our rehab or are looking to refer yourself to a drug rehab for cannabis addiction treatment, we have provided a wealth of information below that will offer insight into cannabis detox.
Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the United Kingdom, with 29.6% of adults reporting to have used cannabis at least once in their lifetime.
Known to act as an antidepressant that temporarily soothes pessimistic thoughts and feelings, cannabis enables the body and mind to slow down for a short period.
Unlike other drugs, cannabis is a natural substance that is harvested from a plant. It is usually smoked, either when mixed with tobacco or in a bong or pipe. However, it can also be mixed into food, such as cakes or biscuits, to provide users with a desired high.
Although cannabis is legal in some countries and is even used to treat and alleviate the severity of various medical conditions such as Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis, in the United Kingdom, cannabis is classified as a class B drug. Therefore cannabis consumption is illegal when considering recreational use. Yet, many individuals continue to consume cannabis.
Sadly, as the number of individuals abusing cannabis soars, cannabis addictions are prevalent.
Although many people believe that cannabis is safe to use as it is naturally occurring, various pessimistic physical and psychological side effects come hand-in-hand with consuming and abusing cannabis. Sadly, these often go overlooked as the drug enables users to feel happy and relaxed for a short time.
To help you understand the side effects and dangers associated with cannabis use, we have delved into the symptoms that often occur when cannabis is abused frequently.
In addition to the above, cannabis use often sees individuals become overly aware of their senses. This sees them focusing on individual objects. Cannabis use can also make many believe time is slowing down.
Furthermore, as cannabis use affects how the brain works, abusing the drug gradually makes it difficult for an individual to learn, concentrate and stay motivated. This is particularly dangerous in younger people as their brains have not yet fully developed.
If you have come to experience any of the side effects and dangers of cannabis use or have become addicted to cannabis, you will require medical treatment and rehabilitation for cannabis addiction. Rehabilitation for a cannabis addiction will require you to undergo a cannabis detox.
As and when you commence treatment for your addiction, cannabis detox will be medically induced by a doctor and recovery staff. This detox will essentially flush harmful toxins from your body and brain. As a result, you will begin to recover from the short and long-term side effects experienced.
Although many individuals that have become addicted to cannabis believe that they can implement detox and withdraw from cannabis independently, this is not advised. Cannabis addictions require professional treatment. Without professional treatment such as cannabis detox, a relapse is almost guaranteed.
As you progress through cannabis detox treatment, it is inevitable that you will start to experience some of the withdrawal associated with drug withdrawal.
Withdrawal symptoms can vary between each individual depending on the severity of the addiction and are often unpleasant and symptoms of withdrawal usually pass within a few weeks but can last longer in chronic long term marijuana users. By completing a cannabis detox at a private drug and alcohol rehab treatment centre, you are provided with around the clock care and support. This ensures you are as comfortable as possible while experiencing any withdrawal effects.
If the symptoms you experience during withdrawal become too intense for you to cope with, medical professionals can prescribe a short course of medication that treats the symptoms of withdrawal. This is helpful in many cases of addiction so the individual can concentrate on their rehabilitation and engage with a treatment programme.
To help you prepare for the withdrawal symptoms you may experience, we have provided a number of the commonly experienced symptoms below.
Please remember that although the above withdrawal symptoms are entirely common, you may not experience all of the symptoms listed above. Many individuals will usually encounter just one or two. However, as previously discussed, the severity of your addiction will determine the intensity of your symptoms.
The length of time that it will take an individual to successfully detox from cannabis depends on the severity of their addiction, their side effects, and the overall impact that cannabis consumption has had on their physical and psychological health.
How an individual responds to cannabis detox treatment will also determine how long it will take them to detox from cannabis.
Although it is difficult to determine how long it will take you or a loved one to complete a cannabis detox programme, cannabis detox typically lasts between 7 and 28 days.
If you have become reliant on cannabis and have begun to experience the various repercussions that a cannabis addiction has, we would advise you to contact us today to discuss cannabis detox treatment.
There are various symptoms that could possibly point to cannabis addiction. The main indicator is tolerance. Once you notice that you need to smoke - or ingest cannabis in any way - more than you're used in order to get the effect that you want: you might rethink your relationship with cannabis addiction
There are no proven physical effects, but psychologically, Cannabis Detox can be very difficult to deal with. Anxiety, insomnia and a poor appetite are often cited during withdrawal as possible side effects.
John Gillen - Author - Last updated: 15th March 2022
John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience in providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John is also the co-author of the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 15/03/2022 1:00 pm
MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified
Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.
Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)
Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)
Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures
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