Marijuana use disorder is a growing concern in many American communities. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, just over 2 million people from the ages 18-25 suffer from Marijuana Use Disorder. This number is expected to increase in the coming years as more and more states legalize cannabis, and the potency of THC continues to rise. Although some individuals can use this substance safely and in moderation, others struggle to consume marijuana in a safe manner.
Over time, persistent high use of marijuana will cause maladaptive abnormalities in one’s brain including physical and psychological dependence. Marijuana works by releasing a psychoactive chemical, Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. This chemical binds to the brain’s naturally occurring, endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in several parts of the brain, most notably the place most associated with pleasure seeking and addiction. After weeks or months of high potency marijuana, a substance dependency is formed and decreasing one’s use can cause withdrawal symptoms ranging from minor irritability to suicidal ideation.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of Marijuana Use Disorder include, but are not limited to:
- Using marijuana to cope with or escape from daily stressors
- Poor decision making skills
- Increased agitation and irritability
- Secrecy or deception surrounding marijuana use
- Decreased ability to focus or concentrate
- Engaging in risky, reckless behaviors
- Social withdrawal or isolation
- Increased paranoia, fear and or panic
- Delayed reaction time
- Weight gain and/or increased appetite
With the change in legal status of cannabis in Massachusetts we know that more and more people are seeking help for cannabis use disorder. We can help.
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