Are you addicted to cannabis? Or are you a 'social cannabis user' and you are now highly concerned about your level of cannabis use.
Perhaps your cannabis use is getting out of control, meaning it's starting to affect your work, love life or social relationships.
Perhaps those closest to you have voiced their concern about the amount of cannabis you consume.
If so, we offer guidance in this blog post to help you quit cannabis for good.
About the cannabis drug
Cannabis is classed as a depressant. This is because cannabis stimulates neurotransmitters in the brain that make you feel relaxed. Cannabis has the opposite effect to 'stimulants' such as cocaine and amphetamines which stimulate neurotransmitter that make you feel excited.
The upshot of cannabis use
Because cannabis allows you to relax, you may use cannabis at the end of a hard day's work. You may be using cannabis to help you sleep or to unwind. These positive effects linked with cannabis consumption cause a psychological dependence on this substance. This is because cannabis use causes changes in the brain.
The gateway theory
Furthermore, cannabis is a gateway drug. This means you are more likely to become addicted to heavier drugs when you regularly smoke cannabis. Why? The reasons for this are unclear, although some believe this is because you are more open to drug use generally when you regularly consume cannabis. This is particularly a risk for younger cannabis users, because younger users are more likely to 'give in' to peer pressure to experiment with harder drugs.
Unfortunately, cannabis is the most widely consumed classified drug in the United Kingdom. And many of these drug users are teenagers. The media often spits out conflicting information regarding cannabis use. For instance, some believe cannabis should be legalised and that it has positive effects for people in need of pain relief. Whilst some of these claims may be true, it's also true that cannabis use may cause a range of psychological problems such as psychosis, insomnia and paranoia.
The dangers of modern cannabis
These risks are compounded by the fact that cannabis has become stronger and stronger over the last decade. For instance, skunk is a strain of cannabis that's far more powerful than the cannabis that was available in the 1970s and 1980s. Skunk's potency means it's much more likely to cause a range of negative psychological conditions compared to cannabis strains of yesteryear.
Skunk's high THC content means it also acts a hallucinogenic. This means skunk users are altering their perception of reality through their continuous use of skunk. In extreme circumstances, skunk users have developed life-changing conditions such as schizophrenia as a result of their skunk use.
Getting help for your cannabis addiction
One solution for cannabis addiction is to consider attending formal cannabis treatment. This typically takes place at a cannabis rehab centre. Rehab takes place in residential settings. This means you are removed from your cannabis using environment for around a four week period. Here, you will receive therapy designed to treat the underlying emotional causes of cannabis use.
Rehab 4 Addiction offers a range of private treatment options for cannabis addiction. Contact us today on 0800 140 4690 for more information. Alternatively, contact us through this website for more information.