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Cannabinoid Addictions

The Cannabinoid category of drugs is named because of how they affect the Cannabinoid receptors in the human brain.

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They are found naturally in plants, and they result in feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Many people feel that Cannabinoids are relatively harmless, and there are several states in the U.S. that have legalized some types of them. Even so, research has shown that they can have detrimental effects on people who use them for either short or long periods of time.

Various types of Cannabinoids include:

Studies indicate that on average, most adults who choose to get Cannabinoid addiction treatment have been using their drug of choice for more than ten years, and they may have tried to quit unsuccessfully approximately six times. It’s also indicated that people who turn to Cannabinoids often suffer from some other type of disorder, and so they also need psychiatric treatment. It’s best if both Cannabinoid addiction treatment and treatment for any mental issues can be given at the same time. This tends to maximize the person’s results.

It’s best if both Cannabinoid addiction treatment and treatment for any mental issues can be given at the same time.

Perhaps you’ve been using Cannabinoids for a period of time, and you’ve noticed some dramatic changes in yourself during that time. You know it’s time to get some help, and you’re not sure you’re going to be able to stop using these drugs on your own. There’s no need to worry because any of the best Cannabinoid rehab centers in the Pacific Northwest will be able to help you recover.

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The Addictive Nature of Cannabinoids

Whether you’re using Cannabinoids like Marijuana, or you’re using the synthetic versions of them (such as K2), they basically react the same way in the brain. That’s because they all derive from THC, which is the mind-altering part of the Marijuana plant. Some types of Cannabinoids actually bind more strongly to these receptors in the brain, which only serves to magnify their effects. This might explain why some people begin by smoking Marijuana, and then they move on to other types of Cannabinoids. They produce feelings of being relaxed and people tend to be able to forget about the world around them for a while. In addition, the high they get from using Cannabinoids can last for quite a long time.


Does Cannabinoid Abuse Lead to Addiction?

As far as whether or not Cannabinoid abuse can lead to addiction, these drugs operate similarly to other types of drugs. Most people tend to try Cannabinoids out of curiosity, or because they want to “escape” their current situations for a little while. Continually doing so is known as Cannabinoid abuse, and it only gets worse with each use. You may find that your brain needs more of the drug in order to feel the same experience or high, and you also might feel led to try other versions of the drug in order to get high. This happens because you build up a tolerance to the drugs, and once that occurs, addiction is not far away.

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How do You Know if You Need to go to Cannabinoid Addiction Treatment?

A Cannabinoid addiction can happen relatively quickly, and many people don’t even realize they’ve become addicted until they start to experience withdrawal symptoms. These can occur when you’ve gone a long time without using the drug. There are certain signs you can look for that indicate that your Cannabinoid use has gotten out of hand, and it’s moved from being abuse to becoming an addiction. These can include:

  • Experiencing an increase in your heart rate
  • Bouts of nausea and vomiting
  • Exhibiting violent behavior
  • Having suicidal thoughts
  • An increase in your anxiety
  • Ongoing symptoms of depression

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Is There Cannabinoid Withdrawal When You Quit?

Whether you’re addicted to marijuana, or you’ve been using one of the synthetic Cannabinoids, it’s important to understand that you will have Cannabinoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using. Many people find that these withdrawal symptoms are so devastating and difficult to contend with that they give up on their quits and go back to using. You might have frequent headaches, panic attacks or anxiety, depression or irritability as a part of your withdrawal. Cravings for Cannabinoids can also become quite strong. These symptoms are all strong indicators that if you want to quit using Cannabinoids, you should do so under the supervision of professionals. Cannabinoid addiction treatment centers can provide you with the help and support you need.

Identifying Cannabinoid Addiction Behaviors and Symptoms in Loved Ones

Many people can think of someone in their family, or a close friend who is using Cannabinoids. It’s typical for these individuals to believe that they’re not addicted, and that these drugs really are not doing them any harm at all. That can make it difficult for you to communicate your concern. You can tell if someone you care about is addicted to Cannabinoids by observing any of the following:

  • Frequent but irregular elevated moods
  • Times of being highly relaxed
  • A strange perception of the world
  • Psychotic symptoms, such as disordered thinking or delusions
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Being paranoid of others
  • Hallucinations (visual or auditory)

If you’ve noticed any of the above, it’s clear that there is an addiction present, and all Cannabinoid addictions require help in order for recovery to take place. Any one of the best Cannabinoid rehab centers in the U.S. can help you know what to do, and it may be necessary to stage an intervention in order to accurately communicate your concern and encourage treatment.

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Here at Northpoint Recovery, we’re considered one of the top Cannabinoid rehab programs in the Pacific Northwest. We have a unique approach to treating this type of addiction, and it’s proven to be successful for so many of our patients in the past. If you are suffering from a Cannabinoid addiction, and you’re ready to get help, please contact us.