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Private Cannabis Rehab

Rehab treatment helps users to break free from the cycle of addiction.

Cannabis Among Professionals

Cannabis is a depressant (it relaxes the brain) and is often used by professionals at the end of a hard days work, as a means of unwinding and preparing for sleep. Another common issue faced by professionals is that their children may be experimenting with cannabis or skunk, and cannabis is the main “gateway drug” that leads users to harder drugs. 

But cannabis can have a very negative effect and medics with experience of drug treatment often say that it is one of the most potentially damaging drugs of all, due to its ability to make fundamental changes in the brain.

Cannabis Abuse

“Cannabis is still the most commonly used illicit substance in the UK and the one most widely used by adolescents.” – Addiction Today Magazine

Cannabis is perhaps the most misunderstood drug on the illegal market. Supporters of the “legalise cannabis” campaign, and young people across Western Europe, tend to regard it as a harmless recreational drug.  “Medical marijuana” is available in some parts of the USA and cannabis users like to believe it is less harmful than tobacco and alcohol.

Skunk and Addiction

According to Dr Margaret McCann, the medical director of Castle Craig rehab clinic, “there are increasingly potent strains of cannabis, such as skunk, which can cause psychotic illness. Many of the patients at Castle Craig are being treated for cannabis addiction, where cannabis is the primary drug of the addiction.”

Sue Philips, a former patient at Castle Craig, said “A lot of people don’t know that cannabis is a mild hallucinogenic and its THC content is getting stronger and stronger. If you keep putting hallucinogens into your system your perception of reality is going to be hugely changed.

I know several people who have ended up being diagnosed for schizophrenia through cannabis use. It’s not a safe drug, it’s not a soft option.”

new report in the Journal of Global Policy and Practice says that there is a “persistent culture of denial” and “the level of public understanding about cannabis remains inadequate”.  The authors of this new report say this represents a “public health time-bomb” for the UK.

Private Cannabis Addiction Treatment

For information about cannabis rehab call Castle Craig’s confidential, free 24-hour helpline: 0800 0322 880. From outside the UK, call+44 1721 722 763.


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