The active ingredient in marijuana is THC, a mind-altering chemical with a variety of effects. While it is most often smoked, weed can also be mixed into edibles or brewed as a tea.
According to a survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 19.8 million people used weed in 2013. About 1 in 3 people in the U.S. have tried weed at least once, making it the most widely used illicit drug.
When you smoke marijuana, the THC enters your body almost instantly. Edibles can take more time as they must be broken down in the stomach. Marijuana’s main effects are feelings of relaxation, happiness, and a detachment from reality. Other potential side effects of marijuana include:
Despite what many believe, marijuana does have a potential for being addictive. About 10 percent of weed users become dependent. This can lead to reckless behavior, lashing out at loved ones, or trying harder, more dangerous drugs.
THC replaces important chemicals that naturally occur in your body. Consistently introducing THC into your system causes your body to produce fewer of these chemicals, many of which are tied to motor control, emotions, and rewards. This essentially forces you to take more THC just to trigger your body’s production of those chemicals.
The immediate access to a medical team is a big help, ensuring that you get the medication you need at the appointed time. Medical staff will also create a personal marijuana detox treatment plan for you.
Detox is just the first step to recovery, but it’s a big one. Rehab programs often require detox or will include it within their operations. Where detox cleans your body of toxins, rehab aims to arm you with the knowledge and mindset to stay sober while living a rich, happy life. To learn more or seek help today, give HARP a call at (877) 806-5022 and recover in peace at the premier marijuana rehab center in South Florida.