- September 29, 2017
- Posted by: Rodney Prescott
- Category: Default, Discover, Health and Pharma
Weed is a drug that has attracted controversy over the years, which has ended in some states in America legalizing its use. It is known to have positive impacts on patients who have cancer, arthritis, and other diseases, but it also has short-term and long-term negative effects such as addiction. Because it can lead to addiction, it’s difficult to stop its use. Unlike cigarette smokers, weed addicts are not so lucky to find as many products and technologies to help them quit. In fact, inventions seem to be going in the opposite direction with greenhouse tech, Pot-on-demand, CBD extraction, and apps such as mass roots being developed, encouraging weed growth and use. They, therefore, have to battle the craving and weed withdrawal symptoms using few options that are available.
Why There Are Few Products
The lack of products to help weed addicts quit could be because inventors and other parties don’t see developing solutions for them as profitable. Perhaps it also stems from the fact that many people don’t view weed addiction to be as big and dangerous a problem as cigarette smoking and other drugs are. However, weed is linked to negative effects in the short term such as memory problems, anxiety, psychosis, panic, hallucinations, increased rate of heart attack and stroke, poor coordination, and sexual problems. Its long-term effects include lower IQ, impaired thinking, poor performance, financial difficulties, addiction, antisocial behavior, and relationship problems. Its impact on academics and social life is a major driving force for those wanting to quit. Below are the available options and ongoing studies that might help such people quit.
‘ Prescriptive Drugs: The treatments used in rehabilitation of addicts of substances, including weed are aimed at managing the cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. Still, in the experimental stage, drug preparations that contain the chemical Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) might be useful in the treatment of weed addiction but sufficient evidence. Scientists are also exploring the use of drugs such as Cannabidiol (CBD), Pregnenolone, Marinol, and Sativex as possible treatments for cannabis addiction.
‘ Apps: On the technology front, there isn’t much to help kick weed smoking. However, the ‘Joint Effort ‘app has been developed that pairs up the addicts enabling them to support and mentor each other through the quitting process. Some apps are also helping but not on the addiction itself but by helping to improve safety on the road. The ‘My Canary’ phone app helps determines whether a driver is too stoned for safe driving through measures such as balance, memory, and perception of time.
‘ Rehab: There are rehabilitation centers that offer programs to help addicts kick the heavy weed smoking habits; beginning with detoxifying the body. They provide a safe environment where medical staffs are available to help deal with the withdrawal symptoms, depression, and any suicidal tendencies. These programs combine a number of methods, including therapy to help addicts overcome the dependence and cravings as well as teach them to handle the triggers that often drive them to heavy smoking.
‘ Cold turkey: People who haven’t been smoking for long and have strong willpower might be able to flash their weed stash down the toilet and never smoke again. For such no help is required. However, those whose bodies have built up a tolerance and are heavily dependent on weed need to know how to manage the withdrawal symptoms safely. Better yet, getting help despite the willpower is the better option for them than going cold turkey.