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Cannabis is an illegal drug which can affect your mental health.

Cannabis Addiction Symptoms

Also known as marijuana, ‘grass’ and ‘weed’, cannabis is an illegal drug made up of a combination of dried leaves, flowers and stems from the cannabis Sativa plant.

Consistent use can affect your mental health.

Cannabis can either be smoked, ingested or brewed in tea.

The most popular illegal drug in the UK, cannabis affects the central nervous system, creating feelings of relaxation, mild euphoria and increased appetite.

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The Signs of Cannabis Addiction

Cannabis (weed, skunk, pot, hash, grass, ganja, dope, bud, pollen) use presents a variety of symptoms, the severity of which can vary.

Cannabis can have several behavioural side-effects.

Cannabis is a depressant (it relaxes the brain) They include:

  • Absence from work
  • Declining performance at work
  • Losing interest in activities
  • Lying, secrecy or other forms of deception

There are also a number of physical symptoms:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite
  • Excessive sleepiness

As well as this, there are mental symptoms to be aware of, including:

  • Problems concentrating
  • Delayed response times
  • Poor judgement
  • Indecisiveness
  • Agitation
  • Irritability

Harmful long-term effects

Cannabis addiction also carries social symptoms, namely withdrawing from peers and difficulty making new friends.

Whilst the common perception of cannabis is that it is harmless, the reality is quite different, as there are a number of long-term effects.

These include:

  • Damage to internal organs
  • Problems with cognitive ability
  • Reduced self-esteem
  • Strained or ruined relationships
  • Family breakdowns

Working professionals are also at higher risk of losing their job if suffering from cannabis addiction.

Who is at Risk of Cannabis Addiction?

One strong predictor of cannabis addiction is genetics, with studies showing a correlation between addiction predisposition and bloodline.

Another predictor is the responsibility, with busier people being less likely to become addicted to cannabis than less busy people.

Another indicator is mental health problems.

Certain mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and schizophrenia make a person more likely to become addicted to cannabis.

Why is Treatment So Important?

If not acted upon, certain symptoms of cannabis addiction will only continue to get worse. This makes getting professional treatment not only crucial but time-sensitive.

What Options are Available?

As with any addiction, it is good practise to visit a GP first to assess your symptoms.

From there, there are several options when tackling cannabis addiction.

The most popular of these is rehab. Castle Craig Hospital, the UK’s leading addiction clinic, offers state-of-the-art addiction care and recovery route for those considering inpatient treatment programmes.

For more information, visit Castle Craig’s website.

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