The quality, combinations and potency of illicit drugs are constantly evolving. Marijuana, typically considered to be the least addictive substance of abuse is also undergoing massive changes due to genetic alterations. According to scientists, marijuana contains two primary compounds that makes this drug appealing for substance abusers and beneficial for the treatment of various medical conditions. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)) is the psychoactive component (or cannabinoid) of marijuana that produces an intoxicating high when inhaled or ingested. The medicinal component, Cannabinoid (CBD) is the constituent that helps to reduce nausea, convulsive seizures, and the symptoms of schizophrenia. Research has shown that marijuana smoke contains fifty to seventy percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke as well as many other organic compounds.
Over the years, growers have been seeking ways to increase the potency of marijuana for profit much more than for its medicinal value. Since the 1980’s, genetic alterations of marijuana have deliberately increased the THC concentration while maintaining low levels of CBD. Prior to 1980, the potency of marijuana was less than four percent. By 2009 THC levels had jumped to almost ten percent. Today’s marijuana strands are currently testing between 30 and even as high as 50% while CBD, the antagonist, that acts to block the intoxicating effects of THC on the human brain remains low.
These heightened potencies undoubtedly increases the addictive potential of Marijuana. Hospital records indicate that this increase in marijuana addiction began to manifest in 1992 when approximately 93,000 people in the United States were admitted to treatment for marijuana addiction. That number soon paled beside the alarming escalation that occurred less than two decades later when over 360,000 were treated for marijuana addiction. With marijuana addiction beginning as early as twelve years old, it is not surprising that today that millions of American are either in an inpatient or outpatient treatment center due to marijuana dependency. Records also show that almost five million Americans meet the American Psychiatric Association’s criteria for marijuana abuse or dependence.
With the changes in drug use and potencies, treatment processes have also had to evolve. Today, Drug Treatment Centers have more advanced pharmacological interventions along with various innovative treatment processes that are being incorporated into addiction treatment programs. Although marijuana and other illicit drug use is at an all-time high rehabilitation processes are also significantly more effective than they were a decade or two ago.
If you or a loved one is addicted to marijuana, we can help you find treatment centers. Call Drug Treatment Centers Henderson today at (270) 844-4075 and find out more.