Marijuana use is incredibly prevalent in the United States and contrary to some peoples beliefs, you can have a marijuana addiction. According to a 2020 SAMHSA report, approximately 20% of Americans use marijuana consistently and 3 out of 10 of users qualify as having marijuana use disorder. While some people can consume marijuana in moderation, not everyone is able to.
Similar to other addictions, people can become addicted to it through persistent use. When used in excess, people create neural pathways that reinforce psychological and physical dependence to marijuana. This substance works through releasing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in various parts of the brain. THC binds to endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in regions responsible for domaine release. After prolonged use, people’s dopamine systems stop producing it naturally because the brain experiences excessive dopamine release. Once the brain stops naturally producing a normal amount of dopamine, it will rely on external sources such as marijuana to produce it. So when people stop using, they go through withdrawal effects because their dopamine levels are low. This in turn creates a cycle of dependence and addiction.
What Is Marijuana Psychosis?
When people experience Marijuana Use Disorder, they may also experience notable side effects. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of marijuana use disorder include
- Delayed reaction time
- Depending on marijuana to escape daily stressors
- Secrecy around marijuana use
- Engaging in reckless or risky behaviors
- Decreased ability to focus
- Social isolation
These are merely a handful of the common symptoms reported by users but are also indicators that symptoms could get worse and result in marijuana induced psychosis. Given the increase in THC and legalization across America, there’s likely going to be an increase in marijuana use disorder and subsequent psychosis. Marijuana induced psychosis can be characterized as an increase in paranoia, delusions, and sense of grandiosity.
If you or your loved one is experiencing any of the common signs and symptoms associated with marijuana use, they may be susceptible to experiencing marijuana induced psychosis. To learn more about our approach to dealing with marijuana use disorder, contact our team now. We’re here to help and have the experience to do so.