You may have heard that cannabis is not addictive. This is a myth. Most cannabis users may be able to consume the drug irregularly, but some cannabis users will develop an addiction to the drug. Some research suggests that up to 30% of regular marijuana users may have an addiction disorder to the drug.
If you fall into this latter group, it’s highly unlikely you will be able to give up cannabis consumption without professional help. Cassiobury Court provides residential cannabis rehab programmes.
About Cannabis and Cannabis Addiction
Cannabis is the most used drug worldwide, and there are estimates that nearly 200 million people have used the drug around the globe. The drug has been used throughout history, and there are truths to the stance that cannabis has healing qualities.
However, there are just as many negative qualities to the drug that will make you want to quit using it. THC, the working component in cannabis, will make you feel good. However, THC is also linked with various mental health issues, such as schizophrenia.
Cannabis addiction is unlike alcohol and heroin addiction in that it is not a ‘physical addiction’. However, cannabis addiction is classed as a psychological and emotional addiction. This means cannabis users become addicted to the emotional state associated with cannabis use.
How? THC, increases the production of dopamine when brought into contact with the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter closely associated with the brain’s ‘reward system’. When we smoke cannabis, more dopamine is produced causing us to experience pleasure.
When cannabis wears off, dopamine levels fall. This causes cannabis users to continue to smoke cannabis in order to manufacture the positive emotional state triggered by heightened dopamine levels. When you stop using cannabis, you will suffer from a range of psychological withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms are often unbearable to the point where you simply cannot cope without continuing to use cannabis. These symptoms may include paranoia, anxiety and depression.
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The Signs of Cannabis Addiction
If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to cannabis, you may wish to know the signs that confirm your suspicion. Here we provide a few of the classic symptoms that would seem to confirm the existence of your addiction to cannabis:
- You feel nauseous when you consume small amounts of cannabis. This is the body’s way of informing you that you’re consuming too much cannabis
- You lie about your smoking habits to close family and friends
- You are overly eager to complete every day tasks so you can go and smoke cannabis
- If tasks seem to take longer than expected and thus get in the way of your cannabis use, you may experience anger, irritation and rage
- Memory loss, even when you are not consuming cannabis
- You consume cannabis in inappropriate or risky situations
- You have ‘frequent thoughts’ and concerns about the amount of cannabis you consume
If you or a loved one suffer from one or more of the above symptoms, we recommend you seek out our support without delay. We offer Cannabis Rehab. Simply contact one of our addiction advisors today on 01923 804139.
About Our Cannabis Rehab Programmes
Your treatment for cannabis treatment begins with a phone call. When you contact our admissions team, we conduct a short assessment so we may truly understand your needs and the severity of your addiction.
Once this assessment is completed, we then go about explaining your various treatment and cannabis detox options to you. We typically recommend a residential cannabis rehab treatment programme for cannabis addiction. Why? Because residential treatment means you are removed from your normal home environment whilst you receive your treatment. This means the risk of relapse is very low.
When you attend our London residential rehab centre for cannabis addiction, you benefit from a number of proven therapy techniques. These techniques attempt to treat the underlying emotional causes of cannabis addiction.
Once these emotional causes of cannabis addiction are sufficiently treated, a relapse prevention and aftercare plan is put in place. This plan helps to ensure your abstinence goals are achieved upheld once you return home following the completion of your residential cannabis rehab programme at our London clinic.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cannabis Rehab
Cannabis is indeed a gateway drug. Many studies have proven that THC cross-desensitizes receptors in your brain, which makes you more susceptible to try other drugs as your tolerance will be higher for other mind altering substances.
It is not necessarily stronger, yet it is more dangerous. Current cannabis, contains much more THC rather than CBD. THC is the psychoactive substance that could trigger mental illnesses.