Dope smoking fiends. Drug addled psychopaths. Violent addicts. These phrases recall the inventor of gonzo journalism himself, Hunter S. Thompson. Though as sensationalist as they are, do they really get to the truth of the matter? Is a marijuana addict really all that violent, and deserving of our fear and loathing?
Based on my experience, I would not think so. But the truth is, marijuana addiction and marijuana abuse is a real thing.
The kind of person that seek help with their cannabis addiction generally are a marijuana addict. On average, these adults that seek treatment for marijuana abuse or dependence have actually used marijuana nearly every single day for a stretch of time that has lasted more than 10 years. These people have also attempted to quit more than six times, on average.
Half of these people who have tried to quit have experienced withdrawal symptoms that include mood swings, anxiety or irritability. These symptoms vary, though. Another marijuana addict might report feeling aggression, nervousness, restlessness or even a loss in concentration.
It makes sense that there are so many people who have become a marijuana addict, since marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the country. This is due in part to their adaptability. Marijuana plants can grow in nearly any environment or ecosystem. They average about one to two inches of growth per day, and can even grow up to about 18 feet tall.
Mariuana is a real problem in the country. The taxpayers of our country pay an estimated 10 billion dollars annually on the cost of marijuana prohibition, and the price of arresting more than 853,000 individuals per year.
So if you want cannabis addiction treatment, then I encourage you to pursue help.
If you have had any experience with a marijuana addict or rehabilitation program, please share your story in the comments section.