Those who misuse cannabis are often under the impression that it is not a ‘dangerous’ drug, and that people don’t often become addicted to it, and while it is true that it’s not as potent or addictive as other drugs such as heroin or cocaine, the pleasurable effect most people experience is often hard to let go off.
Thus even though people may not experience physical symptoms of withdrawal, they are likely to suffer from psychological ones, such as higher levels of anxiety and agitation or they may find it more difficult to sleep.
There is thus not a formal detox procedure for cannabis, but individuals may be offered medications for a brief time to help them cope with any feelings of anxiety, low mood or trouble sleeping. Individuals will also often be offered access to support groups to give them further help in overcoming the desire for cannabis, and this in conjunction with medication can be an effective way of treating cannabis dependency.
Many people may not even choose to get help to overcome cannabis misuse as they do not view it as a problem.
However as it can lead to serious cognitive defects and potentially psychotic episodes, there certainly are risks to using the drug and for those who do wish to get help with their drug use, the options listed above can be key in long term abstinence.
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