Cannabis-Marijuana

So, What’s The Story On Cannabis Addiction And Detox?

Cannabis users sometimes develop a mild physical addiction, with withdrawal symptoms that can last several weeks. These usually include the jitters, occasional other symptoms, and emotional unease. There have been a few reports of psychotic episodes, but it has not been established that those were due to removal of the chemicals. They may have been …

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The Extent of Drug Addiction and Alcohol Abuse in the United States

According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2009), among Americans 12 years of age or older, 18.6 million people abuse alcohol or are addicted to other drugs; Nearly 0ne-quarter (23.7 percent) reported binge drinking at least once in the 30 days prior to the survey (5 or more standard drinks* for males, 4 for females …

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Is Marijuana Addictive? It Depends On How You Define Addiction

The controversy is between physical addiction and “psychological” addiction, a more-or-less bogus distinction: “The distinction is completely arbitrary. Psychological addiction occurs in your brain and it’s a physical change,” says Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Different brain processes may be involved in the psychological drive to take drugs and …

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US Moves To Ban “Fake Marijuana”

The DEA has begun a 30-day process to put the “designer marijuana” products in the same category as cocaine and heroin. The man who created three of the chemicals as part of his government-sponsored research nearly 20 years ago said, “They are dangerous and anyone who uses them is stupid.” Although they have similar effects, …

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‘K2’ is not OK — ban fake marijuana

Here’s an op-ed piece published on NewJersey.Com, written by Sunrise Detox’s own Ira Levy. K2, also known as “Spice,” “Mr. Smiley,” “Genie,” and “Zohai,” is widely available in New Jersey “head shops,” convenience stores and online. Most of it is shipped to the Garden State from Korea and China, where workers spray herbs and spices …

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New Study Shows Relationship Between Marijuana Use And Schizophrenia

A study just published in the Archives of General Psychiatry sheds some light on a relationship between cannabis and schizophrenia.  The research compared data from 83 studies of the onset of mental disorders, comprised of 8200 patients who were using alcohol and illegal drugs and 14,450 patients who were not. Most of the participants in the study …

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The Effects Of Pot Can Linger A Long Time After Getting Clean

I get a lot of letters on a personal site regarding an article I wrote about Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).  It’s one of the primary causes of relapse, and a subject that is poorly-covered in a lot of treatment facilities.  Because there’s also very little about it on the Internet, the article gets a …

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Strength? We don’t need no stinkin’ strength!

Nowadays I hear a lot of folks saying (to recovering people) things like “You’re so strong!” and “Be strong!”  I hear newcomers say “I pray for the strength to beat my addiction,” and other stuff like that.  While I understand the thinking behind such remarks (all too well), there are a few comments I’d like …

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Just Two Non-Blaming Talks With Teens Can Reduce Marijuana Use

According to researchers at the University of Washington and Virginia Tech, just one brief voluntary discussion with an adult reduced teenagers’ use of marijuana by up to 20 percent.  The research was carried out among frequent users who, after hearing the program explained, volunteered to be interviewed. The researchers report that many of the teens …

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