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Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug. Often considered to be a "soft" drug, marijuana has recently become recognized as a legitimate treatment for a wide range of conditions. Medical marijuana is used to treat nausea, particularly from chemotherapy cancer treatment, chronic pain, MS and glaucoma.
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What is Substance/Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced anxiety.

Cannabis Use Disorder
Diagnostic criteria for Cannabis Use Disorder, a new diagnosis included in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5.

What to Expect from Cannabis Withdrawal
For years, marijuana users claimed that the drug was non-addictive and that there were no withdrawal symptoms when they quit. But research tells a different story.

What is Cannabis?
Find out more about cannabis -- what you might hear it called, what it is, strains of cannabis, and why people have such strong opinions about it.

Five Ways to Say No to Marijuana
It can be especially difficult to say no to alcohol for those who are quitting or cutting down on their drinking. You can avoid places where drinks are served, but eventually, you will be offered a drink by someone you don't want to explain your alcohol problem to. The best ways to say no are casual, polite responses to an offer, which provide...

What the Marijuana High Feels Like
Find out what the effects of getting high on marijuana before you consider trying this unpredictable drug.

Types of Marijuana
An overview of the different types of marijuana and cannabis preparations.

Five Myths About Marijuana
Five commonly held myths about marijuana corrected with facts about marijuana in this article.

What is THC?

What is Cannabidiol?
Glossary definition of cannabidiol.

Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?
Answers the question, "Is marijuana a gateway drug?"

How CBT Helped Nathan Quit Cocaine
Here is an example of how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helped Nathan quit cocaine. While the characters and the story are fictitious, the characteristics and circumstances described are typical of people who come for treatment. Nathan’s story is presented for illustrative purposes, to help readers understand how CBT can help people quit cocaine.

Is Cannabis Legal?
Answer to the question, "Is cannabis legal?"

Unproblematic Recreational Marijuana Use
The characteristics of unproblematic recreational marijuana use, in contrast to marijuana abuse and marijuana dependence.

Marijuana Abuse
Explains the characteristics of marijuana abuse, as distinct from non-problematic marijuana use and marijuana addiction.

Marijuana Addiction
Explains the characteristics of marijuana addiction, as distinct from non-problematic marijuana use and marijuana abuse.

Marijuana Problems
Marijuana problems can come in many forms -- this article explains the distictions between marijuana use, marijuana abuse, and marijuana addiction or dependence.

Harm Reduction Tips for Marijuana Users
Marijuana can be potentially harmful, but there is a lot you can do to reduce the risks. But the only way of avoiding harm completely is by avoiding the drug completely.

Marijuana and Psychosis Risk
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a commonly used drug that has been considered a mild or soft substance with little risk. However, recent research shows a strong relationship between marijuana use and psychosis, a serious type of mental illness in which the person loses touch with reality.

Marijuana and Breastfeeding
There is a lot of uncertainty among mothers who breastfeed and among doctors about whether breastfeeding should be avoided among women who smoke marijuana. This article tells you what the research shows.

Can I Combine Drugs and Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is highly recommended, but if you use drugs while breastfeeding -- whether prescription, over the counter, recreational or illicit drugs -- they may cause problems for your baby. How can you decide whether or not to breastfeed your baby if you are on medication, drink, smoke or take drugs?

Five Ways to Curb Your Drug Cravings
Cravings are a normal reactions to discontinuing drug use. They can easily trigger a relapse, but try these simple strategies for curbing your cravings before you score another hit.

What is a Contact High?
Glossary definition of the phrase contact high.

Cannabis Philosophy for Everyone Edited by Dale Jacquette
Review of the book Cannabis Philosophy for Everyone edited by Dale Jacquette. This book is part of the Philosophy for Everyone series, edited by Fritz Allhoff.

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
Both sides of the debate on whether marijuana should be legalized.

Understanding a Marijuana Addict
Trying to understand a marijuana addict? Understand how a marijuana addict feels before, during and after smoking marijuana.

Can Marijuana Cause Infertility?
FAQ addressing whether marijuana can cause infertility, including a review of research on marijuana effects on fertility.

How CBT Helped Shannon Quit Marijuana
Here is an example of how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helped Shannon quit marijuana. While the characters and the story are fictitious, the characteristics and circumstances described are typical of people who come for treatment. Shannon’s story is presented for illustrative purposes, to help readers understand how CBT can help people to quit marijuana.

Under 15s at Highest Risk for Cannabis-Related Harms
A study of 1,303 current cannabis users shows that under 15 year olds are at disproportionately higher risk for developing or exacerbating mental and physical health problems.

What Are "the Munchies?"
Glossary definition of the term "the munchies"

What Are My Rights If I Am Arrested?
Describes basic rights you should know, whether or not you are acting against the law.

How to Quit Marijuana
Addictions guidesite readers share their strategies for how to quit marijuana.

What is the Difference Between Soft Drugs and Hard Drugs?
Answers the frequently asked question, "What is the difference between soft drugs and hard drugs?"

Was I Sexually Abused?
Answer to the frequently asked question, "Was I Sexually Abused?"

A Day in the Life of a Heavy Pot Smoker
This is a fictitious account of the day to day experience and effects of daily marijuana smoking by a heavy pot smoker.

5 Things Not to Say to Someone With a Drug Addiction
This article describes some of the ignorant, rude, or just plain clueless comments or questions that people with drug addiction hear from family and friends. If a friend, partner, parent or child is struggling with a drug addiction, avoid hurting their feelings by avoiding these or similar comments.

What is Paranoia?
Glossary definition of the term, paranoia.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

Evidence-Based Therapy for Addiction
Therapy for addiction is big business. And people struggling with addictions, and their loved ones, are often desperate by the time they seek help, but are overwhelmed with the multitude of options promising a new life free of alcohol and drugs, while real life stories warn of relapse and life savings thrown away on ineffective scams. So how can you make a wise decision when you don't know what is truly effective? The main evidence-based therapies for addiction are covered in this article.

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