Marijuana is probably one of the most controversial drugs in recent years. One camp argues that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, another wants it legalized for both medicinal and recreational use, and the final group wants it to remain illegal. In fact, some states have already legalized it for medicinal purposes, while others have legalized the use and sale of marijuana for any reason. It’s no secret that marijuana use has become more socially acceptable in the past 20 years.
In 2017, over half the adults in the United States said they had tried marijuana at least once in their life while 55 million people admitted to using the drug in the past 12 months. As for regular use, 35 million Americans say they use marijuana regularly or at least twice a month. While some people are able to use this drug recreationally, others use it to escape the stress and pressure of everyday life. When that happens, you’ve moved from recreational use to a marijuana addiction.
If you or someone you love has a marijuana addiction, there will be signs and visible effects, including:
- Laughing and abnormally giddy
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Bloodshot eyes
- Inability to stop using marijuana
- Insatiable hunger, also called “the munchies”
- Legal troubles from drug use, such as a DUI
- Weight gain
- Poor judgment
- Dry mouth
- Problems with coordination
While marijuana may be more socially acceptable than ever, the long-term effects can leave you with damaged lungs and heart problems due to smoking. Using marijuana in edible form can cause an overdose and possibly lead to death. If you or a loved one is struggling with a marijuana addiction, it’s time to take the next step and seek treatment.
If you or someone you love has tried to overcome their marijuana addiction, you know how hard it is to do. You need to put your marijuana addiction behind you and start fresh. At New Hope Ranch, we understand the challenges you face and the need for support to conquer your addiction. We work with our patients on an individual basis because we know that each person is unique and needs a personalized plan to successfully recover.