Is marijuana really harmful?

There are several misconceptions about the harmfulness of marijuana. Many people are of the belief that cigarettes do more harm than marijuana. Some even believe that marijuana is “good for you”, a view that has increased in popularity with the use of medical marijuana.

It is important not to underestimate the harmfulness of marijuana, for the following reasons:

Marijuana contains more tar than cigarettes, as well as over four hundred chemicals, many of which are known carcinogens.
Marijuana is more harmful than it used to be, because a lot of it is produced synthetically, and designed to be stronger.
The benefits of medical marijuana, while valid, apply to a few strains that are used to treat a small number of medical conditions. The regular use of non-medical marijuana does not offer any health benefits.

Marijuana affects people in different ways. Some become mellow and relaxed; others become talkative and energetic. These effects, while seeming desirable, come with their dangers.

Those who smoke marijuana regularly may experience poor speech and memory, and the inability to focus and learn new things. Their sense of personal and financial responsibility can decline, and performance at work or school can suffer.

Marijuana can produce respiratory symptoms, much like cigarettes can, and in people with asthma, it can increase the frequency and severity of attacks. It’s can also aggravate the symptoms of some conditions, such as schizophrenia.

How addictive is marijuana?

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), almost half of all Canadians use marijuana at some point in their lives. While many people only try it once or twice, or become occasional users without becoming addicted, it is important to remember that marijuana does have the same addictive potential as other drugs.

The risk of physical dependence is generally low: marijuana withdrawal symptoms tend to be mild. There has never been a recorded case of someone dying from marijuana withdrawal. However, it can produce a strong psychological dependence. Users are attracted to the pleasant sensation that comes from smoking marijuana, and the drug can start to take on increasing significance in the individual’s life.

Marijuana is frequently used in conjunction with alcohol or other drugs. This can aggravate the addictions to all substances involved.

How do I know if I need help?

You or your loved one might benefit from marijuana addiction treatment if any of the following apply:

Social and family relationships are suffering
You are experiencing unaccustomed mood swings or irritability
You are finding it hard to focus on work or school
You feel the need to use marijuana prior to attending social gatherings
You find it difficult to make sound decisions
When you go without marijuana for a period of time, you experience gastrointestinal problems, insomnia and anxiety

Marijuana addiction treatment

At Inspire Change Wellness Addiction Treatment Centre for Men, we provide a safe environment in which men who have marijuana addictions can recover and learn how to lead a positive, happy life that is free from addiction. Through a customized treatment program that incorporates group and individual therapy, physical activity and proper nutrition, we will help you get healthy in body and mind, resolve the issues behind your addiction, and learn how to cope effectively with the stresses of life.

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