For many years, it’s been debated whether or not to legalize marijuana in the United States. Some states have legalized it for medicinal purposes only, such as Maryland. In other states it has been legalized for both medical and recreational use. With these moves to legalize marijuana—also referred to as weed, Mary Jane, pot or herb, among many other names—the idea of using it has become less taboo and more mainstream. Yet for some people, it’s not used for its initial purpose of healing. Instead, many people may use marijuana to escape the everyday stressors of life. This is when marijuana moves from occasional use to an addiction, which can negatively impact a person’s life.
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Signs of Marijuana Use & Effects to the Body
If you suspect someone is abusing marijuana, here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Laughing for no reason
- Always hungry (described as “the munchies”)
- Dizzy spells
The signs and symptoms of marijuana use may not seem too alarming, but it can quickly damage the body when used on a regular basis, particularly when inhaled. Like smoking cigarettes, smoking marijuana can lead to illnesses of the lungs and heart. Some people use vaping devices (also known as e-cigarettes) to get high, which has been associated with an outbreak of lung injuries. Although there have not been any reports of marijuana leading to death, people can overdose on it, particularly when it’s consumed in edible forms. Signs of marijuana overdose include paranoia, severe anxiety, panic attacks and hallucinations.
Marijuana Treatment at New Life
Our culture has perpetuated the idea that people getting high on marijuana is funny or not even addictive because no one has died from it. Although it has become more widely accepted, marijuana can become an addiction just like alcohol. Similar to alcohol, using too much marijuana can get in the way of family responsibility, concentration at school or work, or interest in once-loved hobbies. If you or someone you love has a problem with marijuana use, New Life can help. We will find the ideal treatment program and modality to help you live a more fulfilled life.