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What is cannabis?

Cannabis, also known commonly as “marijuana,” “pot,” or “weed,” comes from the Cannabis sativa plant and is used for its psychoactive effects. But it can also be prescribed by a physician for therapeutic use.

Cannabis comes in many forms, including dried flowers and leaves, “hash,” and extracts that are used to make tinctures and edibles (candy, baked goods, butter, etc.). It can be smoked, eaten, and vaporized.

The effects of cannabis vary widely from person to person. It can have depressant, stimulant, and hallucinogenic effects. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis and produces the “high” for which cannabis (marijuana) is known. CBD (cannabidiol), another chemical in cannabis, reduces some of the negative effects of THC, such as paranoia and anxiety.

What are the effects of cannabis use?

Cannabis is legal for both recreational and medicinal purposes in Canada. But that doesn’t mean it’s safe for everyone or comes without risks.

The THC in cannabis stimulates the part of the brain that impacts pleasure. This is what causes the “high” feeling that most cannabis users seek. But not everyone has a pleasant experience using cannabis. For some people, it can cause paranoia, anxiety, frightening hallucinations, and other unpleasant symptoms.

Research has also shown that using cannabis increases a person’s chances for clinical depression, and it can worsen existing mental health disorders. Cannabis can also intensify the dangers of alcohol. Using cannabis forces the heart to work harder, and smoking cannabis or hash can damage the lungs and lead to breathing problems.

There’s a common misconception that (marijuana) cannabis is not addictive. The reality, however, is that around 1 in 10 people who use cannabis regularly will become addicted. The odds are even greater (1 in 6) for people who start using pot in their teens. And people who start using cannabis at a young age may develop problems with alertness, learning, and memory.

Cannabis does have therapeutic benefits for some people, including management of nausea, appetite, and pain. But the risks need to be weighed carefully.  

Signs of cannabis addiction

People who use cannabis frequently can develop psychological and/or mild physical dependence. Signs of cannabis addiction can include:

  • Taking more cannabis than intended or using it for a longer period
  • Taking the drug only to get high (if you were specifically prescribed cannabis for pain relief)
  • Having a hard time cutting back or quitting
  • Having strong cravings to use the drug
  • Continuing to use despite negative consequences, like losing your job or getting a DUI
  • Developing a tolerance to the drug (dependence)
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety or irritability, when you stop taking cannabis
  • Spending a significant portion of your time and money using cannabis, trying to get it, or recovering from use

What are the withdrawal risks of cannabis?

Withdrawal symptoms from cannabis are usually mild. The most common ones are irritability, anxiety, upset stomach, sleep problems, and loss of appetite. These symptoms usually dissipate in about a week, but sleep disturbances sometimes last longer.

Most people don’t need medically supervised detox after they stop using cannabis. But heavy cannabis users may need treatment in an inpatient residential program, especially if they have been using cannabis for many years or decades. Quitting after long-term use demands a complete reorientation to live without the drug—residential treatment can be very helpful for this. Less heavy users may benefit from an outpatient program.


How We Treat Cannabis Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with cannabis addiction, CHRC can help.  We tailor our holistic treatment programs to meet each client’s biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs.

The world-class care team at Gateway includes licensed psychotherapists, experienced addiction counsellors, fitness experts, and others who work together to create personalized care plans for our clients.

Individual and group therapy sessions using evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, are core parts of our inpatient residential programs. We also offer concurrent mental health programs for clients struggling with conditions like anxiety, depression, or PTSD.

Don’t wait another day. Get cannabis addiction help today. Get in touch with us to learn more about our Ontario Cannabis Rehab in Peterborough.

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