More than 6.2 million Canadians have used weed, and many have become dependent on it. But, should you quit smoking weed? Weed products are known for their addictive properties and it is the second most used mind-altering substance in North America. Many have the impression that we can’t become addicted to weed. However, the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) considers marijuana an addictive substance that contributes to mental health disorders. Psychological dependence is very much possible in which one’s body and brain adapt to marijuana, as it changes the natural ways the brain works, negatively altering its baseline state.
Withdrawal typically starts 1-2 days after you quit, and symptoms may include nausea, headaches, depressed mood, trouble sleeping, nervousness, increased anxiety, decreased appetite, and troubling dreams. The way you experience symptoms depends on how often and how much you consumed before quitting. Chronic cannabis users may also experience long-term health problems.
Having an addiction or dependence on marijuana can lead to effects even when not in withdrawal. THC can cause cognitive impairment, diminished coordination, a slower reaction time, and paranoia. The THC in weed affects dopamine, which leads to euphoria, pain modulation and anxiety. The more weed you consume, the harder it becomes to quit. Abuse of weed can make new things feel boring to you, ruining the novelties of life. Newer studies show that too much marijuana use during adolescence can cause brain long-term damage.
Addiction affects all parts of life negatively. But, quitting smoking weed on your own can be difficult, and many don’t succeed. It’s easy to get discouraged. Thankfully, there are many ways to treat this addiction and help you quit. This is facilitated with behavioural treatments and medical supervision.
Are you or someone you know struggling with an addiction to marijuana? Please contact us, we can help.