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Marijuana, or cannabis, is one of the most highly used illicit drugs in the world. Typically it is smoked, but it can also be ingested in other ways, such as in food. Scientists and medical professionals have proven that marijuana can be psychologically addictive, and many also believe it to be physically addictive as well. Heavy users of the drug will build up a tolerance, requiring them to smoke more and more marijuana every time they want to get high. Among heavy users, many will feel withdrawal symptoms if they stop using marijuana. These symptoms can include anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, mood swings, aggression, depression, and loss of appetite. It is important to note that these withdrawal symptoms are more common in those who use the drug heavily, and not all marijuana users will experience withdrawal symptoms. This is because the active ingredient, THC, is stored in the fat cells with regular use. Upon quitting, the THC slowly seeps out of the fat cells and into the bloodstream, thereby preventing or alleviating withdrawal symptoms. It is also important to note that these withdrawal symptoms are primarily psychological. Marijuana addiction can be treated in a variety of ways, through both inpatient and outpatient programs.

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About Marijuana Addiction



In addition to its addictive qualities, heavy marijuana use has also been shown to weaken users' lung capacity and to lower men's testosterone levels and sperm count. Marijuana addiction levels are higher amongst heavy or chronic users - those who get high once a day or more. The main identifying factor in marijuana addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms. Marijuana addiction can also lead to other disorders, such as delirium, anxiety, and other psychotic issues.

Treatment of Marijuana Addiction



A number of methods have been used to successfully treat marijuana addiction. These methods include: 12-step programmes, motivational incentives, cognitive-behavioural therapy, group therapy, and pharmacological or medical intervention. Often, several of these methods are used in conjunction with each other.

Post Rehabilitation of Marijuana Addiction



For heavy marijuana users, traces of the drug can stay in the body for up to a month or more. Similarly, treatment and rehabilitation time can change depending on each person's rate of use. Some people will not feel withdrawal effects, and will be able to abstain from marijuana use more easily. For others, withdrawal symptoms could last from several weeks to several months, and post rehabilitation could last even longer.

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Do you find that your tolerance to marijuana increases over time, requiring you to take higher doses each time you want to get high?
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Have you tried to stop or cut back on your marijuana use, but been unsuccessful?
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Do you ever smoke or otherwise use more marijuana than you had initially intended for a particular time, or spend more time getting high than you had initially planned?
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Does a lot of your life revolve around obtaining and using marijuana?
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Do you use marijuana to escape unpleasant situations or thoughts?
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Do you use marijuana to self-medicate in order to deal with mental health or other issues?
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Do you ever skip work or school, or find that your work or school performance suffers because of your marijuana use?
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Do you ever skip social or family activities in order to get high?
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Do you ever feel depressed, angry, moody, irritated, or aggressive if you can't get high when you want to?
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Do you ever feel restless or have trouble sleeping when you stop getting high regularly?
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Do you ever experience a loss of appetite when you cut back on your marijuana use?
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When you are not using marijuana, do you fantasize about getting high?
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Do you feel intense cravings for marijuana when you are not under the influence of the drug?
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Do you have trouble breathing when you are participating in physical activity?
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Do you ever get high before or during potentially dangerous activities, such as driving a car or operating machinery?
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Has you marijuana use negatively affected your relationship with your spouse, your friends, your family, or any other acquaintances?
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