Marijuana is a central nervous system depressant and has, at times, been the second most consumed drug next to alcohol. Cannabis sativa is the naturally occurring plant that produces a psychoactive entity knows as THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Related to hemp, the tips or buds are harvested, dried and generally smoked. Ingestion of marijuana is also effective.
A sticky resin occurring on the buds is harvested by hand to produce hashish, a very concentrated and potent means of delivering THC. In most people, THC produces a calming and relaxing physical effect with increased sensitivity to touch, smell and taste. Increased creative processes are reported by users and may account for the drug’s perceived prevalence among professionals in the entertainment industry. The body does not “crave” marijuana. There is no known physical or chemical dependency, yet people can still develop a marijuana addiction.
Abuse of marijuana specifically means the self-inflicted maltreatment, injury, or damage to one’s person with marijuana. This includes the physical body of the addict and the social and/or financial harm that will affect this same “natural person” within society. It includes the family, friends, coworkers and congregation members who are likely victims and/or enablers of the addict’s abusive behavior.
Marijuana Addiction and Dependency
Beyond abuse, addiction and dependency are a potential mix of the physiological need for marijuana and psychological or behavioral need for self medication with marijuana. Ultimately the addict has to desire to be free of their drive for the drug and/or its effects. However a marijuana intervention can be a jumpstart for a new sober life. Unfortunately, a great deal of damage is far more likely than an addict seeking treatment on their own.
Marijuana Addiction Intervention
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