Despite marijuana still being classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and another 14 states allowed restricted use of medical marijuana in 2019. Medical marijuana users choose the drug to alleviate pain, decrease inflammation, increase appetite, and reduce nausea. These perks may be helpful to people undergoing chemotherapy or who suffer from painful afflictions, including arthritis. Some users have also found it beneficial in helping control epileptic seizures.
Medical marijuana may contain THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the mind-altering ingredient that makes the user feel “high,” but medicinal users typically look for products low in THC and high in CBD. Unlike THC, CBD isn’t psychoactive, which means it lacks the intoxication factor. Users looking just for the high or euphoric feeling, generally stick with products high in THC. While legalized in fewer states, recreational marijuana use was legal in 11 states and the District of Columbia in 2019.
People entering marijuana rehabilitation have been using the drug daily predominantly and have tried to quit several times without success. The first step is to rid your body of the effects of marijuana through detoxification. Although marijuana isn’t physically addictive in the same way as other drugs, withdrawal symptoms do occur. These symptoms tend to be less severe in relation to other drugs and typically subside after about one week.
After detox, you may choose an outpatient program for a mild form of marijuana dependence or an inpatient program for severe addictions or to kickstart your recovery. Because marijuana produces a psychological dependence, more than a physical one, treatment typically includes behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support groups. Inpatient rehab programs typically last between 30 and 90 days, followed by attending marijuana-based support groups modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous to receive mutual support from others in recovery.