Today more than half the citizens of the United States have legal access to medical cannabis of one form or another. Nine states as well as Washington, DC, have legalized cannabis for recreational use for adults over the age of 21, and medical marijuana is legal in 30 states. The risk of marijuana overdose is considerably lower than the risk of overdose with other drugs, such as cocaine and heroin. But as with any drug, recreational use of marijuana can quickly turn into misuse.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Marijuana is commonly smoked in bongs, paper-wrapped joints, pipes, and other devices that heat or vaporize it. According to the American Lung Association, smoking marijuana is linked to serious health problems including lung damage, acute bronchitis, and chronic coughing. Researchers say smoking marijuana can also affect the immune system and your body's ability to fight disease.
According to NIDA, marijuana also affects brain development. For people who begin using marijuana as teenagers, marijuana may impair memory, thinking, and learning functions. Marijuana may also increase the heart rate for up to three hours after smoking. This increases the chances of a heart attack. Older people and those with heart problems may be at a higher risk. Long-term marijuana use has been linked to temporary hallucinations, temporary paranoia, depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.
Withdrawal from marijuana isn’t typically life-threatening, but some users have reported side effects during detox including:
The compassionate professionals at Empire Detox will help you cope with any side effects linked to marijuana withdrawal. The experience of acute marijuana withdrawal is different for everyone and depends greatly on the length and amount of use.
Your alcohol addiction may start as a couple of beers or a few glasses of your favorite cocktail. Over time, your social drinking can evolve into several bottles, drinking alone, and needing a drink instead of wanting one.
Drug detox is essential to rid your body and mind of harmful substances. It's crucial to remove them safely to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms that can undermine your efforts at recovery. That is why it is essential to receive professional detox treatments.
Medical support is optimal for detox from prescription drugs. At Empire Detox, we use medications that manage prescription drug withdrawal and allow our patients to remain comfortable during detoxification.