People who are addicted to drugs like shabu (methamphetamine), marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and other substances are everywhere. It doesn’t matter what their economic status, educational background, location, age, job, or physical appearance. You can’t judge a drug addict by looks alone, nor by superficial stereotypes.
Addiction can come to anyone regardless of status, job, education, religion, or gender. And this is why it’s hard to see if someone you know is already addicted to drugs or a high-functioning addict. In fact, you may have someone in your workplace who is already a drug addict and is bringing grief to you or your organization. Read More
Marijuana addiction is real. In fact, many people, starting from early teens, try weed casually and end up developing a marijuana addiction that can derail their lives and send them on a downward spiral. Let’s take a look at the signs to see whether you or someone you know has a marijuana addiction.
In recovery, the first step is always acknowledgment. It is easy to keep on doing what you’re doing because you’re in denial that you have a problem. So before you can take the step towards recovery, you must first recognize that you have a problem, that you are abusing drugs or alcohol. Read More
You may notice that a friend, family member, parent, sibling, offspring, or colleague is showing strange behavior. You may suspect that they could be on to something as you watch them slowly yet drastically deteriorate over time. You think: This person could have a drug problem or addiction.
Whether in show business or in the music scenes, many creative people seems to be using drugs or alcohol. Talk to them and many will say that drugs or alcohol (or both) helps them become more creative compared to when they are sober.
So you yourself, or someone you know, use marijuana. However, you’re not sure if your marijuana use have already slipped from casual or recreational use to addiction. Do you seek help or try to cut down on your own?
Consider these 10 signs of marijuana addiction, and if things check out, then there’s a good chance that you may need professional help.
There’s a growing number of mind-altering substances that is causing numerous overdoses and even has some acting like zombies. These substances are called synthetic cannabinoids, with K2 or synthetic marijuana in the forefront.
Synthetic cannabinoids are mind-altering chemicals that are sprayed on dried, shredded plants so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be used in vapes or e-cigarettes. These cannabinoids are derived from chemicals found in the Indian hemp (Cannabis sativa), where marijuana comes from. Because of their similarities, the synthetic cannabinoids are often called synthetic marijuana or fake weed. Many even market these as safe and legal alternatives to marijuana–which they are absolutely NOT.
Marijuana is one of the most commonly used illegal drug in the world. It refers to the dried flowers, seeds, and leaves of the Indian hemp plant. It is usually smoked just like a cigarette (joint) or in a pipe. Some people also mix it with food to eat or brew it as tea. A blunt is also created by opening up cigars, removing the tobacco, and replacing it with marijuana. This drug is also known as dope, ganja, grass, hemp, herb, home grown, J, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, roach, Texas tea, astro turf, and weed.
Marijuana has a stronger counterpart, hashish, which is made from the resins of the Indian hemp plant. Together, marijuana and hashish are called cannabis. The chemical in cannabis that causes its hallucinogenic effects is known as THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. This chemical changes or even distorts how the mind perceives the environment. Read More
Taking more than one drug at a time, like a drug cocktail, can magnify the effects of each drug and cause lethal consequences.
Taking two or more drugs is not uncommon. Polysubstance use, which is the act of taking more than one drug to augment, supplement, or complement the effects of the first drug, is actually the norm for many drug users.
Are your friends making you guilty for trying to be sober? Are they telling you that you don’t have to go to rehab because they tried it and it didn’t work for them? Do they tell you that you’ve just been brainwashed by your counselors? Do they go on and on about you being such a kill-joy for not going on a binge with them? It this is the case, then your friends are not helping you.
If your friends are making you feel guilty about abstaining or trying to be sober or going to rehab, it’s not your problem but theirs. Perhaps your courage and commitment to change is making them think about their own substance abuse problems–and they are scared.
Your friends may be making your addiction worse
If your friends are into sports or board games, then there’s a pretty good chance you’re active too and can rack up high scores in Scrabble. If your friends are into drinking coffee or watching weight, then you may have tried it at least once too. More often than not, you and your friends spend time together doing the same things. The same can be said when your friends are using drugs or are into drinking. After all, birds of the same feather flock together.
Since ancient times, civilizations have used different nature-derived substances to heal illnesses, protect against diseases, and improve the overall quality of people’s lives. Since then, medicine has come a long way, and in recent centuries, chemists have began to experiment with synthesized chemicals from natural substances. Many of these chemicals have led to many effective drugs while some have led to undesirable consequences.