Marijuana is a plant that produces psychological, mind-altering effects when smoked or otherwise ingested. But the overall plant itself is not responsible for these mind altering effects. In fact, it is the THC or tetrahydrocannabinol in marijuana that is responsible for its psychological effects. Out of all of the cannabis plant varieties, THC is found in the highest quantities in the marijuana plant. You may need THC detox for high-volume marijuana use.
How Does THC Work in the Body?
The effects of THC use include feelings of time alteration, drowsiness, giddiness, and calmness. But it’s not the THC alone that causes these effects. Many people don’t know that when ingested, THC is actually mimicking the cannabinoid chemicals that are naturally already in your body.
In your brain, there are certain areas where cannabinoid receptors are concentrated. These areas are generally associated with pleasure, time perception, thinking, coordination and memory. They are absolutely necessary for daily living.
When you’re not using marijuana or taking THC, these areas of the brain act normally and help you perceive time and keep your memory on track. But when THC is ingested and if it attaches to these specific cannabinoid receptors, they affect them greatly. These are the mind-altering effects that someone taking marijuana experiences.
Is Marijuana Bad for You?
Unlike other drugs like cocaine and heroin that are undoubtedly bad for you and can cause serious and painful ramifications for your health, marijuana enjoys a more middle-of-the-road perception from a lot of people. Like alcohol, marijuana is generally accepted as a non-harmful drug that can be taken recreationally, and in many states in the U.S., marijuana is legal.
With that being said, all of the health effects of marijuana are still unknown, and there has been much research that has associated marijuana use with brain damage and severe drowsiness, anxiety, premature aging, respiratory issues, and paranoia. The smoke is also known to be carcinogenic.
Furthermore, several studies have revealed that marijuana can have a negative impact on growing brains. And for humans, the brain does not stop growing until age 20 or 21, which means that young people using marijuana may be at risk.
But regardless of whether or not the government or doctors say explicitly that marijuana is good or bad for you, if you don’t want to use marijuana anymore and feel that it would benefit you or a loved one to stop using marijuana and THC, a THC detox will be necessary.
How to Start a THC Detox
If you are ready to stop using marijuana for good, Steps to Recovery can help you quit with marijuana or THC detox. We can connect to with a professional detox facility that can get you off THC long term. And at our own facilities, we have numerous services, we help you with recovery after THC Detox, such as:
- Intensive outpatient treatment programs (IOP)
- Group and individualized therapy
- Family therapy
- 12-step program education and meetings
- Education and resources for aftercare
THC detox involves a monitored form of treatment that will take care of you and keep you safe and comfortable throughout the duration of your detox. Withdrawal symptoms, such as paranoia, anxiety, sadness and depression are not uncommon when detoxing from THC. For this reason, it’s important to be in a safe and comfortable environment when detoxing. Steps to Recovery can get you go through a safe and effective detox.
Get Help Today
Remember that you only get one body, so it’s important to treat it right. Getting off THC and getting sober from all illicit drugs and alcohol can improve you physically and mentally. But you need to make the first step. Likewise, if you have a family member who is struggling with a marijuana addiction, you can help them get on the right track with a THC detox.
It all starts with one call. Pick up the phone and call Steps to Recovery at 267.719.8528 right now to start a THC detox. One of our knowledgeable and confidential addiction experts is ready to speak with you about your options.