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How Marijuana Addiction Impacts You

Marijuana is an increasingly popular drug of choice, especially for teenagers and young adults. If America spends so much time and money campaigning against drug use, what makes this drug so appealing? A common myth about this drug is that it has no real effects on you, and that you cannot become addicted to it. Science says this simply isn’t the case. From the beginning of marijuana use to long-term withdrawal symptoms, Treatment Alternatives New Jersey wants you to get the facts on how marijuana addiction affects your life.

The primary ingredient in marijuana that gives you your “high” is called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC produces psychological effects when inside the body. When you use marijuana, the THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in your brain, which interferes with endogenous neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are responsible for sending messages through your brain to the rest of your body. Because of this disruption to your neurotransmitters, your brain cells release dopamine to your frontal cortex.  What happens next?

Immediate effects include:

Increased appetite

Impairment in memory

Rapid Heart rate

Reduced blood pressure


Reduced spasticity

Impaired coordination

Lowered immune response

Lower body temperature


Despite many claims of users, marijuana is, in fact, addictive. Although it ranks in a lower category of addictive potential, scientists have concluded that marijuana addiction can depend on the potency of the drug being used.

Overtime, marijuana addiction will eventually have cognitive effects. Cognitive effects pertain to development, function, knowing, and perceiving. Cognitive effects of marijuana use include short term memory damage, impaired perception, impaired cognition, and impaired learning ability. Marijuana literally effects your brain function.

Marijuana addiction also takes its toll on everyday aspects of your life, such as your health, your work performance, your self-esteem and your relationships, often leading constant users to seek help from a marijuana addiction treatment program in New Jersey.

As far as your health, drug use causes change in ability to control body temperatures, risk of stroke or heart failure, and increased risk of acute kidney failure.

As far as work, expect to notice an irresponsible attitude toward work, decreased work performance, difficulty with time management, difficulty with coordination, and impaired problem solving skills.

Marijuana addiction has effects on your self-esteem. Long time use can lead to low motivation, lack of confidence, loss of interest, and poor appearance.

Users or their loved ones will also notice issues with maintaining positive relationships. Users experience negative doubtful feelings, detached relations, suppressed emotions, and lack of trust.

For those of you that believe quitting is an easy fix, Treatment Alternatives New Jersey doesn’t want you to forget about long term withdrawal symptoms caused by marijuana use: agitation, anxiety, marijuana cravings, loss of appetite, and problems sleeping.

Get the marijuana detox and treatment you need to break free from your addiction at Treatment Alternatives New Jersey.

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