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Understanding Marijuana Addiction


Physical  Marijuana  Addiction does not exist. This fact is the only honest way to start any article on  Marijuana  addiction. Former  marijuana  smokers stand in stark contrast to former cigarette smokers, just ask a former smoker. The  marijuana  smoker (or Cannabis smoker, as they are called in legal/ medical  circles) answer to how they stopped smoking Cannabis is generally along the lines of “I just stopped smoking Cannabis”, seems simple, because it is,  marijuana  is not addictive. The cigarette smoker will normally recount that it took an extraordinary amount of effort and willpower to achieve this feet, some do it cold turkey, others use everything from hypnosis, the patch, drugs like Wellbutrin, smoking cessation programs… the list is long and interestingly includes Cannabis ( Medical   Marijuana  is indicated for addiction recovery and available in states like California for those looking for a herbal remedy).

It is important to note that medicating with Cannabis is a pleasurable experience for many, there is a small subset of users that will develop a mental  marijuana  addiction. In the 1994 National Comorbidity Survey, 9% of those who used  marijuana  became “dependent” (although that does not mean that they became daily  marijuana  smokers). Cannabis “dependence”, or the mental  marijuana  addiction rate, was actually the lowest of all substances the study reviewed.

Investigation into the phenomenon of mental  marijuana  addiction generally finds that the patient is actually Physically Addicted to much more harmful substances (tobacco, opiates, alcohol, caffeine) and whilst there are  Marijuana  addiction Treatment programs throughout the united states, investigation shows that the majority of those in  Marijuana  treatment facilities are not having problems quitting  marijuana , rather they were caught using  marijuana  by law enforcement or their school and have entered treatment as an alternatives to harsher punishment.

Since the legalization of  Medical  Cannabis doctors have found amazing results in using  Marijuana  for addiction recovery. Doctors know that opiates, whilst regularly prescribed for pain management, are not only addictive but have some dangerous side effects that get worse with prolonged use. The  Marijuana  safety profile is outstanding and doctors in states with legal  medical   marijuana  are regularly recommending  marijuana  to patients suffering from opiate addiction. Cannabis has been shown to help patients both reduce and totally eliminate their opiate intake.


Source by Steve J Ross