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Is there a dependency on marijuana

Contrary to popular belief, hemp dependence exists. But its risk is lower than from heavy drugs, tobacco or alcohol. About 9% of consumers are addicted to marijuana (alcohol and cocaine lovers have a higher risk, 15%). For those who use several times a week, the risk of addiction is as high as 30%.

In the U.S., addiction to marijuana is listed as a mental health problem and affects more than four million people, and in England there are hotlines and support groups for addicts - you can test yourself right now by answering 12 questions about using marijuana.

The addict's condition is described as "amotivation syndrome": weakened and slowed thinking ability, reduced interest in the outside world, passivity, lack of ambition and motivation, rapid fatigue, shaky mood. But scientists are still debating whether this "vegetable" state is caused by years of abuse, or by an overly relaxed lifestyle itself.Is there a dependency on marijuana

An experiment involving students (volunteers smoked 11 joints a day and were still being paid to do so) showed that their learning ability had recovered when the experience was over. No irreversible brain changes directly caused by marijuana have yet been detected. Science says that if you stop, on average, after a month their thinking abilities will return to normal. But this is not accurate: research is ongoing and there is already evidence (which needs to be clarified for now) that some consumers, even after months, are less able to make informed decisions and more inclined to risk and impulsivity.

Despite the rumours, marijuana withdrawal syndrome exists: a person on withdrawal may lose their appetite, experience nausea, sweating, restless sleep with nightmares, emotional swings.

What are the negative effects of using marijuana?

The impact of marijuana is very individual and depends not only on the type of grass, but also on the reactions of a particular organism. So it's almost impossible to predict in advance.

In various studies from 5% to 20% of mj consumers experienced panic attacks, anxiety, depression, obsessions, loss of strength, apathy.

A survey of young people with mental health problems in the community showed that almost 15% of the participants (out of 120 respondents) admitted that they had experienced negative effects from smoking grass, ranging from irritability to panic attacks.

Could marijuana provoke psychosis?Is there a dependency on marijuana

The best study of psychoses that occur when using cannabis in different forms. A large dose of cannabis (or small, but high THC) can cause acute psychosis - a mental disorder in which a person loses connection with reality and the ability to behave adequately, he can see hallucinations, hear voices, and express delusional ideas.

In medicine, there is a special term "hashish psychosis" (Cannabis induced psychosis). It is accompanied by attacks of fear (they are caused by terrible hallucinations) and aggression (the person tries to defend himself against them).

There can even be a twilight consciousness disorder, in which the patient runs, where his eyes look without reacting to others, and after hours does not remember what happened to him. The risk of such an experience, according to various studies - from 1.5% to 5%, and it is higher than the higher dose you took. Usually after a few hours, the patient fully regains consciousness. But there can be long-lasting consequences.

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