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Marijuana Addicion Treatment

Marijuana is a hemp plant, scientifically named Cannabis. The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is THC. The THC compound is the element within the plant that is sought after for those that want to experience its hallucinogenic properties.

Marijuana is a weed with strong fiber that can grow in many different weather conditions. The plant has been used for its tough fibers for thousands of years in the manufacturing of rope. THC is found in many areas of the plant, but is concentrated in the leaves and buds. Marijuana use was very popular and, somewhat acceptable in the late 19th century in America, with the resin of THC being smoked in parlors in every major city. In 1883 it is estimated that there were more than 500 marijuana parlors in New York City alone. However, in 1914 the US Congress passed the Harrison Narcotics Act, which made it illegal to grow, or possess marijuana.

Marijuana use is much more prevalent than is marijuana addiction. There are many that emphatically state that marijuana is not an addictive substance, but experienced professionals in the alcohol and drug rehab field, that have worked hard to curb the use of marijuana use in many people will tell you that it may not be physically addictive, but the psychological addiction is so strong that users will experience physical withdrawal symptoms upon abruptly quitting the use of this drug.

Marijuana reached its next popularity in the psychedelic movement of the 1960's and from that time forward, it has been a drug of choice for a fringe population of youth and, to a smaller extent, adult refugees of that era.

Marijuana use has been identified as "The" gateway drug being the first drug to be used by America's youth, but leading them to cocaine, crack and heroin. The marijuana that is available to our youth today is at least ten more powerful than what was available to their parents. Very low doses of the drug induce a feeling of well-being and a dreamy state of relaxation. The user will experience some heightened, but distorted, senses and since the drug lowers one's blood sugar, its use is accompanied by a ravenous apatite. There will also be subtle differences in thought formations and the ability to express feelings or thoughts.

Higher doses can result in image distortion and hallucinations, and in some cases, a feeling of a loss of personal identity. Since the plant is being cultivated in a manner to strengthen its THC content, treatment professional are now finding more people troubled by the effects of marijuana, but, paradoxically, unable to diminish their daily use. With the numbing of the senses, academic progress is threatened and, since this drug is fat-soluble, it continues to cause harm to the user long after he has quit using it.

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