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Is Marijuana a Depressant Or Stimulant?

The properties of a drug determine its category. There are four main categories that drugs fall into: depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and opioids. The cannabis plant, also called marijuana, is somewhat unique, making it difficult to categorize. The different strains of cannabis and the fact that it affects everyone slightly differently make clean labels difficult. One thing is certain—it is not an opioid. But marijuana has properties of the other three drug categories, making it appeal to a wide range of users. For people who have become so dependent on cannabis that they cannot function without it, an addiction treatment center can offer support.

If you or someone you love is unable to get through a day without getting high, chemical and psychological dependence has developed. Call Promises Behavioral Health to learn how we can help you find a path away from marijuana abuse. Call us at 844.875.5609 or use the Promises online contact form to connect with us.

Cannabis and Its Misuse

Most people are familiar with this widely available drug that is federally illegal but legalized in nearly half the country. Cannabis goes by many names, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Weed
  • Pot
  • Grass
  • Mary Jane
  • Ganja

But the key to the plant’s potency is in the more than 100 cannabinoids it contains, especially THC and cannabidiol (CBD).

The most widely used federally illegal drug in the country, cannabis is used by upwards of 49 million people. Many people indulge in it recreationally without negative effects, but others do develop a cannabis use disorder that should be treated. Signs of marijuana dependence include:

  • Inability to cut back despite wishing to do so
  • Using even when it puts self or others at risk (such as when driving)
  • Difficulty fulfilling obligations at home, school, or work
  • Continued use despite physical or psychological issues caused by it
  • Tolerance (need a higher dose to feel the effects)
  • Acquiring and using cannabis eat up increasing time and becomes the focus of the day

If any of the above apply to you, reach out to Promises Behavioral Health today by dialing 844.875.5609

Is Marijuana a Depressant or Stimulant?

Depressants are like sedatives. They slow down brain function and reduce anxiety. Stimulants are mood-elevating and tend to increase energy and alertness. Let’s see where marijuana fits in.

Is Marijuana a Depressant?

Marijuana is categorized as a depressant. As such, it affects the central nervous system and brain similar to the way other depressants do. The result is slower brain function, calmed nerves, and relaxation of muscles. Depressants can help with insomnia, anxiety, and muscle spasms.

Some of the effects of marijuana as a depressant are:

  • Relaxation
  • Easing of muscle tension
  • Drowsiness
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Dizziness

If you use cannabis to experience its sedative effects, consider whether your use has increased. If you depend on it to help you sleep or to cope with anxiety, and you notice you are using more and more of it to get the same results, you are dependent.

Is Marijuana a Stimulant?

Marijuana can also have a stimulant effect on the nervous system and the rest of the body. As a stimulant, it can:

  • Elevate mood
  • Increase energy
  • Amplify alertness
  • Cause racing heart
  • Cause anxiety or paranoia

 Although less dangerous than stimulants like cocaine or meth, cannabis can lead to dependence. If you rely on your use of marijuana for mood elevation, there are safer and more reliable ways to manage mood disorders.

Contact Promises Behavioral Health about Marijuana Abuse Treatment Today

Like any psychotropic substance, cannabis can be abused and become a problem for many people, having an impact on cognition and motivation. If marijuana has taken over your life, if your next chance to get high is the most important thing to you, or if your misuse of this drug has caused havoc in your personal or professional life, call Promises today at 844.875.5609. You can also reach out to us via the Promises online contact form. We can answer your questions and clarify any misinformation you may have about marijuana abuse.

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