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The Dirty Sprite Strain: Marijuana Addiction

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The Dirty Sprite strain is a new strain of marijuana created by the Blackleaf team in California. Because of their desire to keep it a secret, the exact genetic makeup of the strain is unknown. The Dirty Sprite strain contains around 17% of the active ingredient, THC, and is said to taste both sweet and musky when smoked.

What Is Marijuana?

Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a naturally occurring plant that produces psychoactive, mind-altering effects when ingested. Recreational abuse of marijuana is prevalent in many places, and contrary to popular belief, marijuana addiction is possible.

Marijuana is typically ingested by smoking the dried leaves in rolled-paper joints, cigar wrapper blunts, or water pipes. In recent years, ingestion via vaporization or edible confections, such as brownies, has become much more common.

When smoked, the THC enters the bloodstream through the lungs then travels to the brain—the effects of marijuana onset within a few minutes to half an hour. Marijuana consumed in edibles takes longer to produce effects, though it usually lasts longer too.

Research suggests that marijuana may possess numerous medicinal applications. For example, the Dirty Sprite strain supposedly helps alleviate symptoms of depression when smoked. Those involved in the new medicinal marijuana industry selectively breed individual strains to produce specific effects.

Short-term effects of marijuana include the following:

  • Hallucinations
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Memory loss
  • Paranoia
  • Pleasure or elation
  • Poor judgment
  • Reduced anxiety symptoms
  • Reduced depression symptoms
  • Slowed reflexes

Marijuana Addiction

Abusing marijuana over the long term can lead to marijuana addiction. The hallmark feature of addiction is the continued abuse of a substance, such as marijuana, despite the incurrence of adverse social, legal, work, school, or health consequences. Even though marijuana use is becoming more and more normal, marijuana addiction can wreak havoc on the lives of its users.

Moreover, marijuana is frequently considered a “gateway drug.” According to this theory, marijuana use has a tendency to normalize substance abuse in general. This is said to lead to an increased likelihood that the user will move on to other, harder and more hazardous substances, such as cocaine, meth, or heroin.

Addiction to any substance or activity tends to become a life-long battle, and marijuana is no different. Those who become addicted end up wasting a great deal of their time trying to acquire and use the drug to maintain the high upon which they’ve become either physically or psychologically dependent.

Addicts typically can’t admit to themselves or others that they are addicted or have a problem that requires action. Popular belief holds that marijuana does not cause chemical dependence, but this is false.

The dependence it causes may not be as intense as it is for other drugs, such as heroin or cocaine. Nonetheless, it is strong enough to compel continual abuse and relapse that requires treatment to rise above.

Marijuana Addiction Causes

Marijuana addiction typically results from the interplay of a variety of physical and psychological factors. Some individual factors that fuel marijuana addiction may include:

  • Genetics
  • Family history
  • Childhood trauma
  • Brain chemistry
  • Environment or peers
  • Co-occurring disorders

Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction

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Individuals who have become addicted to marijuana can exhibit many alterations in their mood, behavior, thoughts, and appearance.

Some signs and symptoms of marijuana addiction include:

Behavioral

  • Lying
  • Impaired judgment
  • Inappropriate laughter
  • Insomnia
  • Intense appetite
  • Risky behavior
  • Secretive behavior
  • Sleepiness
  • Slowed speech
  • Staring off into space

Mental

  • Altered perception of time
  • Altered sensory perception
  • Amnesia
  • Anxiety
  • Depersonalization
  • Depression
  • Feelings of surreality
  • Frequent paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Impaired cognition
  • Impaired memory
  • Irrational fears
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of touch with reality
  • Personality changes
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Worsened mental health

Physical

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Chronic cough
  • Increased phlegm
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Relaxed bronchial passages
  • Respiratory infections
  • Slowed reaction time

Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

Once a person develops a physical dependence on marijuana, attempts to cut back or quit will produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms onset within a few days of the last use and subside after roughly one week.

Marijuana withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Aggression
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Nightmares/vivid dreams
  • Suicidal thoughts

Treatment for Marijuana Addiction

Again, despite the widespread belief that marijuana use is harmless, many individuals struggle with marijuana addiction. Addiction to marijuana may be less dangerous or damaging than addiction to other hard drugs, but it can still derail an individual’s life. Fortunately, help is available.

At Just Believe Recovery, we offer programs in residential and partial-hospitalization formats. Our programs feature several evidence-based therapeutic modalities proven to aid in the recovery process, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Medical detox
  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Peer group support
  • Health and wellness education
  • Substance abuse education
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Relapse prevention
  • Aftercare planning
  • Alumni events

Our expert staff provides those we treat with the care and support they need to recover from addiction and live the happy, fulfilling lives they deserve.

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If you or a loved one needs help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Recovery PA at (888) 380-0342. Our specialists can assess your needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

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