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Information on Marijuana Detox in Canada
Marijuana is the most commonly used drug throughout the world. The main active chemical in marijuana is calledsubstance found in the <a href="cannabis.html">cannabis</a> plant. In pure form, it is a glassy solid when cold and becomes viscous and sticky if warmed."> Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Marijuana is normally smoked as a joint, in a pipe, in a bong, can be rolled in tobacco leaves or in emptied out cigars. Marijuana can also be mixed in baked goods and other foods, and also brewed in tea. Marijuana has a very pungent and distinct smelling odor, sometimes very sweet and sour. A more concentrated form of marijuana is called hash oil; it is a black tar like substance, and can be placed on cigarette paper and rolled with tobacco.
The drug THC can have many effects on the brain that can cause different withdrawal symptoms during detox. When marijuana is smoked, THC rapidly passes from the lungs into the blood stream. The THC acts on specific areas of the brain starting a series of cellular reactions that lead to the high. The highest density of these receptors that receive the THC are directly responsible for pleasure, memory, thoughts, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement. This is why heavy smokers during their detox period will experience brief moments of memory lapse, and will have a difficult time at first organizing their thoughts. Although marijuana is not the most problematic drug, there are still some people who will need to go through a marijuana detox in order to quit the drug.
Adverse Side Effects of Marijuana
Long term abuse of marijuana will lead to an addiction that can become very compulsive. When long term users try to smoke marijuana, they have said to experience the following symptoms:
- Decreased appetite
- Drug cravings
These symptoms can take effect within one day after the person has stopped using the drug. The symptoms can peak at about two to three days and then start to dissipate within the following days. All of this is of course depending on the amount the person is using, frequency, and length of use. This is why it is important to get to a marijuana detox center if one is addicted to the drug.
There are many different forms of treatment for marijuana addiction. One can go to a drug rehab or a detoxification facility. During the withdrawal period, medications are not normally administered. There have been reports of some medications being developed to help ease the withdrawal symptoms, but nothing is available yet on the market.
Marijuana Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms
Like most addictive drugs, marijuana can and will cause some withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification. These symptoms are typically psychological manifestations and normally do not pose immediate health risks. However, the long-term use of marijuana, like any drug will cause health complications, and will also increase the intensity of withdrawal, making it that much more difficult to stop the drug altogether.
Drug rehab, drug treatment, and marijuana detox centers will handle a large majority of marijuana users on any given basis. Most drug users will use marijuana to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms from other drugs.
Withdrawal symptoms will occur typically immediately after its use has stopped. The duration of the marijuana withdrawal symptoms is depending on the amount used and frequency of use.
Marijuana withdrawal symptoms include:
The most common withdrawal symptom of marijuana during detoxification is anxiety, because the drug will increase the production in theand serotonin receptors. When marijuana is stopped it will cause a drastic drop in these two hormones, causing anxiety.
Most marijuana users do not complain of life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. It is primarily the anxiety and the irritability that most users will suffer from. Most if not all the drug rehab programs and detox centers available can handle a marijuana withdrawal.