Cannabis Addiction


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According to Drugwise, cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in the UK. Although some argue that, because it derives from a plant, it’s a natural substance, cannabis addiction can cause serious health and social problems.

Cannabis, commonly referred to as marijuana or weed, is a highly addictive, psychoactive substance that carries health risks. Many people smoke cannabis, which poses the additional health risks of smoking. Many people with a cannabis addiction also abuse other substances, including alcohol and opioids. This can make the process of quitting cannabis much harder, especially if you experience withdrawal effects from other substances. An addiction does not have to be a daily reliance on the substance. If you would like to cut down or cut out your cannabis consumption, we are ready to help.


Signs of cannabis addiction

You may suffer from a psychological addiction to cannabis - psychological addiction involves the emotional attachment to cannabis. Although psychological addiction isn’t linked to physical withdrawal symptoms, the impact is still strong and is often the reason behind a relapse.

Some common symptoms of cannabis abuse include:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Increased appetite
  • Fatigue, lethargy and sleeping for long periods of time
  • Strong cravings to use the substance which can affect concentration
  • Unable to follow through with previous attempts to give up the substance
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Memory loss
  • Insomnia
  • Withdrawing from social occasions

If you recognise these signs in yourself or a loved one, get in touch with our friendly, non-judgemental team today. We offer a free consultation in the first instance and assess your needs on an individual basis, to ensure the recovery programme is tailored to your specific needs.


Cannabis Rehabilitation

There are many different ways to deal with a cannabis addiction and we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all-approach. Substance abuse is triggered by different things for different people - we will help you to get to the root of the problem to take back control of your life.



  • How does cannabis cause addiction?
    The effects of Cannabis can vary from person to person but often provide the user with feeling of relaxation, happiness, calmness a heightened appreciation of music or state of creativity. As with other substances the individual will develop a tolerance to cannabis meaning that they need increased amounts to experience the same effects. Users may also experience withdrawal symptoms upon stopping using.
  • What does cannabis do to the body?
    The effects of cannabis on the body can vary dependent upon the individual and also how it is used, the frequency of use and amounts used. If cannabis is smoked it can cause similar issues that might be experienced from a tobacco smoker such as chest and throat and lung irritations or infections. Cannabis use can raise the heart rate following consumption and some reports suggest that it can reduce the sperm production in men and disrupt the menstrual cycle in women. If an individual becomes addicted to cannabis they can often experience physical discomfort when cannabis use is stopped such as disturbed sleep, decreased appetite and anxiety.
  • What does cannabis do to the brain?
    Cannabis is a psychoactive drug which means that it alters the user’s brain function. The main active chemical in cannabis that causes this change is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). If you smoke cannabis, THC is quickly absorbed from the lungs into the blood, which then carries it to the brain. There it acts on cannabinoid receptors, leading to a series of reactions that ultimately lead to the high, happiness and relaxation that the user hopes to experience. The parts of the brain that influence pleasure, sensory and time perception, memory, thoughts, concentration, and coordinated movement have the highest density of cannabinoid receptors, explaining the pleasurable effects of cannabis. Studies show that cannabis use amongst the young can affects brain development and may impair thinking, memory, and learning functions. Long-term cannabis use has been linked to mental illness in some people, such as: temporary hallucinations, temporary paranoia, worsening symptoms in patients with schizophrenia—a severe mental disorder with symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia, and disorganised thinking.
  • What are the symptoms of cannabis addiction?
    The signs and symptoms of cannabis addiction can vary for each individual. These can range from changes in mood and behaviour, to physical symptoms and social withdrawal. Some typical symptoms are:You want to stop taking cannabis but cannot, taking cannabis in larger quantities or more often than intended, spending a lot of time getting, taking or recovering from taking cannabis, having cravings and urges for cannabis, not managing responsibilities at work, home or with studies because of cannabis use, taking cannabis again and again, despite the negative consequences.
  • Can cannabis addiction be treated?
    Yes. Treatment for cannabis addiction at Acquiesce begins with a free confidential consultation with a Recovery Practitioner in order to establish the individual needs and suitability for safe treatment with the service, this can be done either by phone call or by booking an appointment at the centre. Once the correct treatment pathway has been established all arrangements for a smooth and hassle free admission, including transportation would be made and agreed. Acquiesce then provides a safe and therapeutic environment which is conducive to the recovery from cannabis addiction. A combination programme of evidence based therapies are then delivered by a team of experienced professionals. The therapies address the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of cannabis addiction. The programme also utilises holistic therapies, social activities and regular fitness sessions and exercise. Individuals will learn to understand their addiction and gain the knowledge and tools for an ongoing sustainable solution and recovery. Upon completion of rehab treatment individuals will have a personal and comprehensive relapse prevention plan and on-going support that is provided as standard.
  • What are the withdrawal symptoms of cannabis?
    While cannabis withdrawal symptoms are not generally considered as dangerous, many users still suffer uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. The severity will vary from person to person the individual themselves and the amounts, frequency and length of time they have used. Common symptoms of cannabis withdrawal include: , Restlessness, Irritability leading to sudden outbursts of anger, Feeling anxious or worried, Feeling depressed, Having trouble sleeping, with nightmares and vivid dreams, , Feeling tired during the day, Lack of appetite and weight loss, Headaches, Sweating, Digestion problems, cramps and nausea.

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