Contrary to popular belief, marijuana isn’t a “safe and organic” substance that has no addictive properties. Marijuana dependency may not have the same devastating health effects as heroin or cocaine, but it can hinder your physical and mental faculties. Marijuana addiction treatment can help free you from your dependency so you can enjoy a healthier, drug-free lifestyle.

Effects of Marijuana

Marijuana users often claim that its relaxing effects on the mind and body make it a useful drug for combating stress and anxiety. Regular use of marijuana, however, can take a toll on the mind and body producing such symptoms as:

  • Drowsiness
  • Sluggishness
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Slow motor skills
  • Elevated heart rate and
  • Inordinate appetite

Marijuana not only affects your mood but alters your mental faculties. Smoking marijuana on a regular basis can produce a false sense of euphoria, cause you to suffer from memory lapses and lead to paranoia and depression.

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Although marijuana is considered a mild drug compared to heroin or cocaine, its continual use can cause serious health complications. Long term users run the risk of developing cognitive problems, mental disorders and respiratory illnesses.

Heavy use of marijuana, especially from a young age, can damage your memory and impede your aptitude to learn. This can hinder you from reaching your full potential as an individual.

Marijuana addiction can also lead to paranoia and chronic depression. It’s not unusual for heavy users to experience anxiety, apathy or schizophrenia due to the ill effects of marijuana on the brain. Over time, you may lose interest in work or family. You could even put your drug habit above family, friends and work obligations.

As smoking marijuana involves inhalation, frequent use of this drug can lead to coughing spells and lung infections. Marijuana also increases your heart rate which can magnify heart problems.


Like most other drugs, marijuana causes withdrawal symptoms that make it uncomfortable for you to stop. These symptoms range from agitation to anxiety, trouble sleeping, inordinate cravings, loss of appetite and depression. The first week is generally the hardest as your body tries to cope with withdrawal. After the first week, symptoms start to taper off.


Marijuana dependency poses a genuine threat to your health and quality of life. With marijuana addiction treatment, you can overcome your addiction and reestablish a healthy lifestyle. At Yellowstone Recovery, we offer comprehensive treatment programs comprised of detox and therapies that can put you on the road to recovery.  With the help of our professional staff, you can succeed in kicking your drug habit. Our ongoing support program will help you stay drug-free as you transition back into society.

Marijuana addiction treatment provides a means of living a happier, healthier life that’s free of drug dependencies.

By Skyler West

Piper Skyler West: Piper, a sports medicine expert, shares advice on injury prevention, athletic performance, and sports health tips.