Effects of Marijuana
What remains in the system after smoking?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the active ingredient in marijuana that causes a high. It attaches to cannabinoid receptors all over the body and creates feelings of euphoria by changing how sensory information gets into and is processed by your brain. Besides creating this “high,” THC affects memory, thought processing, attention span, and motivation.
THC is detectable in the blood for up to two weeks after use, and it can be detected in urine for up to a month. However, there are ways to detox from marijuana that can help you get THC out of your system faster.
Marijuana detoxification is the process of removing THC and its metabolites from your body. There are many ways to detox from marijuana, but not all are effective or safe. Some people choose to use detox products that can be bought over the counter, while others turn to home remedies like activated charcoal or herbal teas. However, these methods are unreliable and can be dangerous if not done correctly.
The best way to detox from marijuana is to seek professional help. A qualified detox center will have experienced staff who can help you safely remove THC from your system. They will also provide counseling and support to help you stay sober after detox.
Recognizing Marijuana Addiction
There are a few ways to recognize marijuana addiction. The most common way to tell that someone is addicted is by observing their behavior. Noticeable behavior and other signs of marijuana abuse include:
Slowed reaction time
Nervous or paranoid behavior
Friends and family are often the first lines of defense when it comes to recognizing behavioral changes.
If you are addicted to marijuana, there are certain signs that you may notice in yourself, including:
Cravings for marijuana
Taking progressively higher doses of the drug
Making poor financial decisions to purchase marijuana
Using marijuana more often than you intended
Involving yourself in risky behavior while under the influence
It’s difficult to stop using once you’ve started
You might also experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit, such as irritability, anxiety, and cravings
Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal affects the body in many ways, but not everyone experiences the same symptoms. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms are:
Cravings for marijuana
Sweats and chills
For the average person, withdrawal symptoms often last for about two weeks. However, for people who have been using marijuana heavily for a long time, the withdrawal process can last up to several months.
Withdrawal from marijuana is rarely deadly, but it can be rather uncomfortable, making quitting difficult.
Marijuana Detox Help
You have a couple of options for detoxing from marijuana, but it’s highly recommended to seek professional help. Some of the benefits of professional help with detox include:
Emotional support through counseling
Help with marijuana withdrawals
Safe environment for you to detox in
Having help from a professional to create a recovery plan
The steps of professional detox are:
StabilizationThis is where you detox, rest, and recover. As you start to feel better, your counselor will discuss the science of addiction so you can better understand its impact.
PreparationAfter stabilization, you can start preparing to establish a new way of living. This phase includes therapy, recovery meetings, and other group activities.
ActionDuring this phase, patients are stable, hopeful, and in a better place mentally. To help, your counselor will plan activities both off and on campus to help you transition back into normal life.
VisionDuring the final phase of your treatment, your counselor will help you plan how to stay sober throughout the future. Together, you and your counselor will make a comprehensive plan to guide you through life and recovery.
Risks of home detoxing
It is possible to detox from marijuana at home, but there are a couple of drawbacks. These include:
Low chance of long-term sobriety
No professional support
No help with withdrawals
How to Quit Marijuana
Your options to quit marijuana are:
Quitting cold turkey
Detoxing yourself with home remedies
Quitting marijuana using medication
Receiving treatment at a rehab facility
The most effective way to quit for good is by working closely with a professional counselor who has the skill set to help you succeed.
Is marijuana really addictive?
Marijuana has been deemed addictive by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Your tolerance for the drug will be determined by how your body reacts to THC. If you continue smoking, you will need more and more of the drug to get high enough for it to be pleasurable.
How long is THC stored in the body?
THC is stored in fat cells, and it can take up to three months for your body to clear all traces of the drug from your system. Diet, exercise, and the amount of marijuana you consume all have a factor in this, so there’s no definite answer to how long THC will stay in your body.
Ready to Start Your Marijuana Detox?
Marijuana addiction can have a serious impact on your relationships, your finances, your ability to hold a job, and your long-term health. When you’re ready, NOLA Detox and Recovery Center is standing by to help with your marijuana detox. Contact us today at (504) 446-1111, or visit our campus to get started on your recovery.
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