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Signs and symptoms of cannabis addiction

Marijuana use is becoming more common throughout the country, with the majority of users failing to notice the negative effects it can have on a psychological, social and personal level. While cannabis may be less addictive than other drug substances, it can still have momentous effects on both the user and their family members. For this reason, it is considered very important to be aware of the most common signs and symptoms of cannabis addiction, in order to be able to access the right help, at the right time.

If you suspect a loved one is abusing cannabis, it is crucial to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of cannabis addiction. By recognising the signs of cannabis addiction, you can seek help as soon as possible, making it easier to treat the problem. Here, Port of Call highlights the most common cannabis side effects, including the psychological, social and physical effects of cannabis.

If you would prefer to talk to someone regarding the signs and symptoms of cannabis abuse, our experts can provide you with advice and support. Just call our free phone line on 0800 002 9010.

What are the effects of cannabis on your social life?

Cannabis can have a number of negative side effects, both physically and psychologically. Common signs of cannabis addiction can include regular marijuana use and feelings of depression or anxiety when unable to take the drug. The most common social cannabis symptoms include a lack of motivation at work and reduced interest in hobbies.

If the following signs and symptoms of cannabis seem familiar, and you believe you or a loved one is suffering from cannabis addiction, please ring Port of Call today, we will be able to find you a suitable treatment method.

Symptoms of Cannabis and Cannabis’ effects on the body

Cannabis is known for its psychological effects on the user, however it can also effect the user on a physical level. Some of the most common physical effects of cannabis can include:

  • Lung irritation/bronchitis
  • Accelerated heartbeat
  • Coughing
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Slowed reaction time

The physical effects of cannabis are more immediate than the psychological effects. As soon as the substance enters the bloodstream, these physical effects are likely to become noticeable. Noticing the physical effects of cannabis abuse is one of the primary ways of determining cannabis abuse and the earlier that is targeted, the easier it is to treat the addiction.

How cannabis affects your mental health

There is growing evidence highlighting the negative effects of cannabis on the brain, especially after it has been used for long periods of time. The psychological effects of cannabis are likely to be long-term and can include mental conditions, such as:

  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia

These cannabis symptoms are more likely to affect individuals who have used cannabis for a number of years. However, psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia are twice as likely to appear in users who regularly smoke cannabis. As the psychological injuries develop after frequent cannabis use, the symptoms are harder to overcome, making early intervention even more vital.

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The Port of Call team is made up of professionals, who are trained in addiction counselling and people in recovery. Therefore, we understand the process you may be going through, whether it is you going through addiction or a family member that you want to help.

If any of these cannabis side effects seem familiar, please contact Port of Call today. You can call our free phone line today on 0800 002 9010 or email help@portofcall.com for specialised cannabis addiction support.

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