Marijuana: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly 

In California, the topic of medical and recreational marijuana has tempted the minds of many. Is it a gateway drug? Are there health risks involved? Could I become addicted? The truth is that there is still much to be learned about the effects of frequent marijuana use and the role it plays on drug addiction. 

Medically, cannabis has been proven to alleviate some of the most unmanageable symptoms of Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Arthritis, and AIDS. It’s said to help chemotherapy patients regain their appetites and reduce spasms for individuals diagnosed with MS and diseases that attack the nervous system. 

How could something of such benefit also become a problematic addiction? We see this most prevalently in cases of prescription drug dependences and other pain-relieving substances.  The psychedelic effects of Marijuana specifically impacts brain receptors and functions of the mind. This leads to mood disorders, feelings of depression, and intense anxiety stemming from the chemical and physical distress smoking has on the body. 

Drug Rehabilitation Centers across the country have battled with treating this type of addiction for centuries. Understanding every strand differs in potency, there are serious dangers involved with the consumption of marijuana; the most devastating effects being on mental health and its tendency to be habit-forming. 

A gateway drug, simply put, leaves users wanting more. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, it’s common for people to use alcohol, nicotine and marijuana prior to trying more addictive substances. That being said, marijuana is not alone in its gateway-like attributes and is much like other legal and illicit drugs in its harmful traits. 

As the best detox center in Los Angeles, Ridgeview Ranch asks curious minds to weigh the benefits before using and make an educated decision about the future health of your body, mind, and spirit. For a private session with a certified addiction treatment specialists, please give us a call at (877) 526-7706. We’re here to help! 

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