Marijuana Addiction Treatment – is it Needed?
Marijuana addiction treatment unfortunately is not always taken seriously enough. While marijuana has a reputation of not being addictive, recent data shows otherwise. It is now estimated that about 30% of marijuana users will develop some level of marijuana use disorder – an estimated four million people in the United States.
A person suffering from marijuana use disorder develops a dependence because their brain adjusts to its effects and stops producing its own endocannabinoid neurotransmitters. At that point, the user can no longer stop craving marijuana even when it affects this person’s life. Up to 9% of marijuana users develop a marijuana use disorder, a number that nearly doubles if usage started in the person’s teenage years.
Iris Wellness Group can help. We’re well-versed in substance abuse recovery and our skilled professionals understand how to help treat a marijuana use disorder. We’ll work closely with you to create a customized treatment plan that stops your dependence on marijuana.
The short answer is yes, marijuana has definitely gotten more powerful in recent years. In the 1990s, the average THC level of marijuana was 4%. In 2018, that number nearly quadrupled to 15%. While the long-term effects of this higher potency are still being researched, many researchers suspect that the risks of dependence and brain damage are now higher as a result.