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Signs of Marijuana Abuse

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It could be argued knowing the signs of marijuana abuse is the most important skill a parent could have because of the number of teens who begin using this drug. Teens very often initiate substance use disorder with either alcohol, tobacco or marijuana.

The media coverage of the medical benefits a few people may experience from marijuana portray marijuana as a positive thing. This has resulted in far too many considering marijuana as harmless, especially teens with headlines as their only information.

Marijuana alone has the ability to cause severe damage to the user’s mental state, stability and life. Too many marijuana users progress to the use of heroin, synthetics, pills, stimulants or a mixture of drugs when they seek a more intense experience. Marijuana addiction means the worst effects of marijuana abuse take over a person’s entire life.

The highly potent strains available in the last few years make marijuana an even more dangerous and damaging drug. It’s important to know the signs of marijuana abuse, whether you are trying to detect the use in your children, spouse, other family or community members.

When you want to detect marijuana abuse, look for these physiological signs:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Physical coordination will be off
  • Craving snack foods or sweets over nutritious food
  • Droopy eyes or appearing sleepy

Behavior changes include:

  • Talking excessively
  • Laughing inappropriately
  • Misjudging time – letting it just “slip away”
  • Missed assignments
  • Job performance suffering
  • Secretive about whereabouts or details

You may also find paraphernalia like small metal or glass pipes or larger glass smoking devices called bongs. Pockets or backpacks may reveal bits of leafy debris. You could also find very small jars of gold or brown wax or oil or broken bits of brown glassy material. Cigarette papers and small metal clips are also likely to be signs of marijuana abuse.  School performance may decline and a person may have trouble learning simple skills or following directions.

Some signs of marijuana abuse are more dramatic and dangerous. Severe anxiety or panic attacks are possible with the new marijuana strains on the market. A report from February 2013 stated that there were more than 400,000 emergency room visits related to marijuana use in the prior year and among people aged 12 to 24, with marijuana as the top drug which sent them there.

Marijuana addiction can steal away the best of one’s life. If someone you care about is losing their brightness and happiness to a marijuana addiction, call us and let us tell you how we can help.

http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/drug_data_sheets/Marijuana.pdf

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/topics-in-brief/marijuana

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