Treating drug abuse with more drugs?
Compared to a lot of addictive substances, cannabis has pretty good press. It’s generally considered kind of funny, and many people see it as largely harmless … or even helpful in some cases.
While cannabis does lack many of the dangers and social costs of other substances, it’s still addictive. Addiction is more about behaviors than a particular substance. Yes, cannabis use disorder is a real problem, and it can upend and cause damage to a person’s life when it’s heavily abused.
Cannabis or marijuana abuse can be particularly harmful to teenagers and young adults – studies have shown it can damage brain development. As for withdrawal, cannabis detox can be mild … but since its compounds are very fat-soluble, withdrawal can last a long time. Professional detox helps people navigate the cravings and mental fog of cannabis withdrawal.