Is marijuana really that bad for you?
Many people believe that using marijuana is not harmful. Many, in fact, believe that it is good for you. This idea has come about as a result of the use of marijuana for medical purposes. However, the idea that marijuana is a healthy drug option is a myth, for the following reasons:
- Much marijuana that is sold on the streets is chemically enhanced, and can therefore produce unpredictable effects
- There are many strains of marijuana, and only a handful of them are effective for medical purposes. Medical marijuana has low levels of THC, the element that creates the “high” in recreational users
- Marijuana can alter the brain chemistry of teenagers and young adults
- Contrary to popular belief, marijuana contains more carcinogens than tobacco
What is marijuana detox like?
There have not been any recorded deaths resulting from marijuana detox, but withdrawal can be uncomfortable. Like all drugs, the effects and withdrawal symptoms of marijuana vary from person to person. You might experience more intense symptoms if you have been using marijuana for a long time, your doses have been high, you have coexisting physical or mental health conditions, or you are also using other substances.
The most common withdrawal symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include insomnia that can persist for days or weeks, vivid dreams or nightmares, depression, anxiety and irritability, and trouble with memory or concentration.
How can I make detox easier?
Although marijuana withdrawal is less serious than that for many other substances, people wanting to quit are advised to check in with a doctor or a detox centre. You may be at risk of complications if you have any conditions, or are taking any drugs or medications, that affect how your body and mind react to marijuana.
You can make detox easier and safer by following these tips:
- Hydration:Make sure your body is taking in enough fluids. This promotes health and aids in flushing toxins out of your body.
- Exercise: Exercise will raise your self-esteem and make you sweat, which helps clear toxins from your system
- Nutrition: Eat a balanced diet that is low in fat and caffeine. Warm milk at bedtime can help with insomnia