Marijuana Addiction Treatment
Marijuana was the most commonly used illicit drug (14.4 million past month users). Among persons aged 12 or older, the rate of past month marijuana use in 2007 was similar to the rate in 2006. Today's marijuana has a higher THC content than that of generations ago and many more people are experiencing stronger addiction to it as evidenced by more people seeking treatment for marijuana addiction.
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The major active chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes the mind-altering effects of marijuana intoxication. The amount of THC (which is also the psychoactive ingredient in hashish) determines the potency and, therefore, the effects of marijuana. Between 1980 and 1997, the amount of THC in marijuana available in the United States rose dramatically.
In 2007, there were 2.1 million persons who had used marijuana for the first time within the past 12 months; this averages to approximately 6,000 initiates per day. This estimate of past year initiates in 2007 was about the same as the number in 2006.
In 2006, 25 million Americans age 12 and older had abused marijuana at least once in the year prior to being surveyed.
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Long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction for some people; that is, they use the drug compulsively even though it often interferes with family, school, work, and recreational activities. Some15 percent of people entering addiction treatment facilities reported marijuana as the primary drug of abuse.
Regardless of any propaganda stating otherwise, marijuana is addictive. There are definite signs and symptoms to verify this. Along with physical cravings for more of the drug, withdrawal symptoms can make it hard for long-term marijuana smokers to stop using the drug. People trying to quit report irritability, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety. They also display increased aggression on psychological tests, peaking approximately 1 week after they last used the drug.
Some adverse health effects caused by marijuana may occur because THC impairs the immune system's ability to fight off infectious diseases and cancer. In laboratory experiments that exposed animal and human cells to THC or other marijuana ingredients, the normal disease-preventing reactions of many of the key types of immune cells were inhibited.
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