Before we begin, let’s get one thing clear,
Addiction to Cannabis is real. It is not a personal failing or even a myth.
As more and more states are busy relaxing their regulations on Cannabis, the use of the recreational drug is rising. The drug has seen so much popularity in recent years that in 2018, it was found out that the use of Cannabis by college students had reached the highest rate in the past 35 years.
However, the use of Cannabis especially recreationally continues to create conflicts with people on both sides refusing to see the other side. While it is untrue that Cannabis has no legit medical use, it is also untrue that the same is entirely harmless.
Cannabis is so popular that no one really knows what’s true and what’s not. So we decided to debunk some Cannabis myths before moving to addiction and overdose.
Debunking Marijuana Myths:
The myths around Marijuana mostly stem from conventional stereotypes. In fact, several artistic movements like ‘The Beat’s Movement’ and ‘The Rastafarian movement’ all have their roots associated with the recreational use of the drug. But what happens when generations today want to emulate a young Bob Marley, but only end up overdosing on Cannabis instead of making some decent music?
Awareness is perhaps of key importance here, which is exactly why you need to scroll down and check out the busted Cannabis myths!
1. Addicted? To Cannabis? Is That Even Possible?
Sure, till the time you keep it ‘puff puff pass’ you are fine. But the moment you find yourself smoking cannabis frequently during the day, well that’s when you should start worrying. Addiction is never real, until you are addicted to some substance.
Moreover, your body and mind have the capabilities to get addicted to any substance that’s mind-altering in nature, and cannabis is no different.
2. Nothing Safer Than Marijuana
Most advocates of Cannabis keep making just one point- since overdosing on the popular drug is rare, chances of it harming users are bleak. But that’s exactly where people are making mistakes.
Just because the chances of a Cannabis overdose are rare, it does not mean that it’s not real. At the same time, the long-standing effects of Cannabis intoxication are harmful.
3. Breastfeeding? Pregnant? Have You Given Marijuana A Thought?
Most Cannabis advocates talk about how it is perhaps the best pain relief medication out there. There’s medical evidence to prove that in some normal cases, it is true, but what about cases where the patient is breastfeeding or pregnant.
When pregnant women consume Cannabis for treating pain, the drug crosses the placenta which means the unborn child gets a dosage of the same. Similarly, the drug also gets mixed with the mother’s breast milk.
In this context, Irene Little, a successful psychotherapist says,
“There has been little media attention to the car accidents and traffic deaths related to marijuana use. Although it is the number one drug, other than alcohol, found in all fatal car crashes in Texas.”
Answering The Biggest Marijuana Question Of All Time: Can You Overdose On Marijuana?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse claims that Cannabis happens to be the most widely-used drug in the United States. So naturally, the question of overdosing becomes of significant relevance.
In fact, most advocates believe that overdosing on Cannabis is an impossibility but that’s not true according to drug detox facilities in Denver or Dallas or anywhere else really. We will tell you how to spot the symptoms of a Cannabis overdose and the required treatment for the same.
Scroll down to find out more on the same.
Symptoms Of Marijuana Overdose:
Yes, you can very well overdose on Cannabis, but it’s not as fatal as overdosing on some illicit drugs. But nonetheless, here are the symptoms you might experience in case of an overdose.
- High anxiety levels,
- Panic attack
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty in conversing
- Poor coordination
- Low or high blood pressure
- Vomiting and nausea
- Memory problems and extreme confusion
In case of a mild Cannabis overdose, consumers usually experience anxiety, nausea, dizziness, paranoia, and lethargy. According to Dr. Weiner, the symptoms mentioned above can all be collectively called ‘greening out.’ In fact, he added that the two most prominent symptoms of Marijuana overdose are,
- Marijuana-induced Psychosis or MIP, and
- Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome or CHS
These usually include severe bouts of vomiting followed by abdominal pain, which usually lasts for 24 hours or even for lesser periods of time. Moreover, an Advanced Holistic Public Health nurse, Courtney Allen-Gentry also pointed out that there’s perhaps no risk of overdose with vaping or smoking. In fact, consumers have more chances of overdosing on weed edibles.
What Can You Do In Case Of An Overdose?
If you or anyone close to you overdoses on Cannabis, the best possible thing to do in this context is to keep them feeling secure and safe. This is because, during an overdose, most consumers feel anxious, and the only thing you can do is try to make your close one feel less anxious.
Dr. Weiner even says that you could always consider visiting urgent care, especially if it’s a case of a psychotic break. However, if it’s a relatively milder case, you can always hydrate the consumer with a blend of water and lemon juice. RN Allen-Gentry recommends this method because it helps terpenes get neutralized and at the same time the dehydrating influence of THC is removed.
And in case, you don’t have access to anything, you can focus on keeping the consumer hydrated comfortably while offering plenty of reassurances.
Get Help Today:
Did you know that you can actually get addicted to Cannabis? Did you know that you can actually overdose on the same? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, 1 in every 10 Cannabis consumers are addicts, and it is more common for young adults to get addicted.
If you or your loved one is currently struggling with Cannabis addiction, we can help! You just need to reach out – we are just a click away!