Marijuana Treatment Center Austin
Marijuana is composed of the leaves, stems and flowers of the cannabis plant. The dried substance is usually rolled into cigarettes and smoked, but it can also be baked into foods or brewed into tea. The active ingredient in marijuana is a mind-altering chemical known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Legalization of marijuana around the country, both for medicinal and recreational purposes, has raised new concerns about one of the most abused drugs today.
Effects of Marijuana on the Mind and Body
Marijuana affects the cannabinoid receptors in the brain that influences pleasure, as well as sensory and time perception. Those receptors also affect thinking, concentration and memory, which is part of the concern of widespread marijuana use. Some studies are now suggesting damage to the brain that occurs with marijuana use could be long-lasting or even permanent, especially when use begins at a relatively young age.
Other effects of marijuana include:
- Impaired motor function
- Poor reaction time, impaired judgment
- Increased heart rate, which can raise the risk of heart attack
- Respiratory issues if drug is smoked
- Anxiety and panic
- Increases appetite, craving for snacks
Long-term effects of marijuana can become even more problematic. Those effects might include lung damage and diseases similar to what occurs with cigarette smoking. Marijuana can also suppress the immune system, leading to a higher risk of illness. The drug can also impair sexual function and lead to intense mood and personality changes.
Signs of Marijuana Abuse
It is a common misperception that you cannot get addicted to marijuana. While this drug may not be as addictive as other drugs, some people can get hooked on it. The risk is higher in those that start using the drug at a younger age. Marijuana is also a potential gateway to other drugs, which means people that start using marijuana may eventually turn to other substances that have a higher addiction risk.
Treatment for Marijuana Abuse
Marijuana is not the “safe” drug many make it out to be. The drug causes damage to the mind and body in many ways and it can become addictive to some users. If you are struggling with a marijuana addiction, you are not alone. The Last Resort can help you overcome your addiction and discover a new life without substance abuse. Call us today at 512-750-6750.