So we open with establishing that we share an associated familiarity in the accumulative factors that qualify as a drug addiction. We all understand that the effects of drug addiction equally encompass our lives and decimate the quality that we can expect. This is done without prejudice to age, race, sex, and economic brackets. The exacerbating factors of drug addictions remains indifferent on every level, except for feeding its appetite.
For the most part, in terms of discussing drug addiction, the same factions are present in all versions, no matter what the contributing drug may be. So for clarity on this, today we are going to focus on marijuana addiction.
Now that the issue of weed addiction is finally being acknowledged and accredited as a viable condition, its study is gaining momentum. In reference to that level of recognition we are going to go a little more in-depth with this article. We are going a step beyond the usual when and where, nor are we aiming for the blame game. The content of this article will be devoted to the real question at hand; WHY?
Where the mystery lies for most of us is in the neuro-science. With that being established, that’s where we are going to examine today. Don’t tune out, I’m not a brain surgeon either, so this will be translated into layman’s terms for you. We promise even fifth graders will comprehend it, with parental consent of course!
Identifying the High:
In the effort of keeping you in a position of enlightened understanding, we thought that it would be best to begin by refreshing a little of what we already know on the basics. This won’t be long. It is just the endeavor to prime your brain to be receptive, before we get into the heavy stuff. Past this, we will smoke our brains out with educational content and information rather than the alternative.
Weed, cannabis or marijuana, are mostly natural green leafy substance that people use for a number of reasons, but mainly to get a euphoric feeling. It is most frequently consumed through the combustion version of smoking by various means. Preference dictates that the general consensus for smoking methods are a joint, a blunt, vaporizers, or in a pipe. The chemical compound in weed that enables its ability to alter the state of your perception is Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC for us.
Relating the Conditions for Weed Addiction:
There are a number of physical conditions contributed by the outside world that set the precedence for weed and any other form of addiction. I won’t say they are the cause and the neuro science will explain why but I do concur that they help make a person more vulnerable to be susceptible. The reason they are focused toward weed use is because it is the most prevalent drug of choice on a national scale. This is a consistent fact that spans the scope of inclusion incorporating addiction, recreational use, and even includes medicinal purposes.
Without boring you by over-explaining, this is the list of contributing factors that exacerbate a person’s disposition to try and use weed.
- Deficient life skills.
- Emotional duress
- Childhood trauma
- Education level
- Mental Health
- Social influence
These factors are contributions that are more inclined to designate the penance to become addicted:
- Mental health
- Duration of use
This will be quite fascinating to you with the understanding that is allowed without all the scientific terminology in the way. So with that being said, here is our version extracted from their version. First off, all the conditions of addiction in a behavioral sense may all fall in the same category. It isn’t as simple when relating to the substance of choice. The pharmacology that surrounds drugs differs from unit or category of base ingredient to the next. There may be variations on the intensity of the effects based on the potency levels or the manufacturing methods, but the basic pharmacology remains. That is why we have to stress the point that the neurological science surrounding this article pertains to marijuana only. It has nothing to do the brain and its association to any other substance at any level of perception.
With that established when you smoke weed, THC enters your bloodstream in the oxygen molecules from the lungs. Being a blood contagion allows the THC to quickly ascertain the neural region (your brain). Once it enters the brain it races to target certain particular areas of the brain. These areas are referred to by the scientific community as Endogenous Cannabinoid receptors.
These receptors are actually the contact points that start and finish the synaptic transmission (brainwaves) of brain functions. The receptors most commonly targeted by the traveling THC are in the areas controlling thoughts and memories. As well as the areas that accesses pleasure responses, conducts sensory recognition, controls time perception, and regulates the coordination levels in your movements. Once the THC gets to the receptors, it attaches to them. With that attachment comes a cellular event that conjoins with the addition of the foreign chemical (THC) and enables the end result which is the format for attaining the altered experience that we reference as ‘getting high’.
Over time the cellular event that occurs, causes lower levels in dopamine production. That reduction interferes with the normal transmission of synaptic messaging. Not only do dopamine levels indicate our state of feel good well-being, it is a neurotransmitter. That translates to mean, it’s one of the main chemicals that enable normal transmission and reception responses within the brain.
The end result of this cycle is that without the normal dopamine content present, the receptors start to decimate in numbers. As that happens, the brain tries to compensate by signaling you to consume more and the domino effect of progressive use is initiated. Beyond that long term use can also inhibit normal brain function by damaging reward pathways.
In the end the consensus is unanimously concrete. Under normal circumstances, without the influx of mental health deficiency or genetic predisposition there is substantiated facts showing the direct correlation between weed addiction tied to the disruption of Endogenous Cannabinoids, or CBR’s (receptors). That disruption is the effect that ultimately paves the way for marijuana addiction and supply’s the extenuating circumstances that instigates progressive marijuana use.