There are several ways to consume marijuana, including smoking or ingesting brownies, gummies, butter, concentrates and THC pills. As marijuana producers and users have been seeking different ways to use or abuse marijuana, pill forms have been increasing in popularity.
What Are THC Pills?
The primary psychoactive ingredient in a THC pill is tetrahydrocannabinol. This substance alters the brain and induces the high that an individual feels when it’s consumed. THC pills consist of either liquid concentrate or ground plant material from the marijuana plant in pill form. It should not be confused with cannabidiol (CBD), which doesn’t induce the euphoric high associated with marijuana use.
After being ingested, THC creates feelings of being high in which marijuana is renowned. Compared to smoking marijuana, THC pills or cannabis pills hit the system differently. It takes the drug an average of 30 minutes to dissolve once ingested, so one could say this is another form of edibles.
It can take a person’s body about two hours to absorb the THC in this form and for them to begin to notice the effects of taking pills. How long THC effects can last depends on dosage, an individual’s system, and a wide variety of factors.
Are THC Pills Dangerous?
Many individuals use THC to manage chronic pain. However, depending on the substances levels, these pills can be risky to use. Higher cannabis concentrations can induce side effects, including schizophrenic-like episodes, impaired motor skills and coordination, and impaired cognition.
Combining THC with other substances and cannabis products may result in more significant impairment and intense symptoms. For example, using marijuana and alcohol may raise THC levels in the blood, increasing the risk of overdose.
Marijuana is now legal to use in many states and municipalities for either medical or recreational purposes, However, in states where recreational (non-medical use) marijuana remains illicit, it’s difficult to find cannabis pills through a prescription. There is one cannabis pill that’s FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved for medical purposes—Marinol (dronabinol). This drug was approved in 1985 to help with weight loss in individuals with aids. It’s also used to address chemotherapy-induced symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
The Risks of Taking Cannabis Pills
Because THC pills are still relatively new, there’s not enough evidence around their long-lasting effects on a person’s health. Some researchers believe that excessive marijuana use can induce brain damage and cognitive impairments, especially in teens.
Although chemicals may be unlikely to occur, estimates believe one of every ten marijuana users will develop a psychoemotional dependence. Psychological dependence occurs when a person requires a drug to feel good and manage potential withdrawal symptoms such as depression or anxiety.
Using drugs as a coping mechanism can lead to long-term addiction that will be challenging to overcome without professional treatment. In addition, many first-time or naïve marijuana users will continue to experiment with illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin and are more likely to experiment with prescription medications.
Marijuana Addiction Treatment
Although relatively uncommon, marijuana use disorder does occur. The latest research data suggests that at least 30 percent of marijuana users experience some level of addiction. Young persons who start using marijuana before the age of 18 are 4-7 times more likely to develop marijuana dependence and addiction than those who begin using it as adults.
Discontinuing marijuana may not be challenging compared to using “harder” drugs, such as heroin or meth, and most withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening. However, some people need professional assistance to overcome their addiction.
Getting Treatment for Marijuana Addiction
THC or marijuana addiction is often not as severe as that which is related to other intoxicating substances such as alcohol, illicit drugs, and certain prescription medications such as opioids. Although not life-threatening, it can be life-changing and become problematic and interfere with relationships, career, and school.
Just Believe Detox and Just Believe Recovery centers offer several evidence-based therapeutic services and activities clinically proven to benefit the addiction recovery process, including the following:
- Medical detox
- Behavioral therapy
- Individual counseling
- Family counseling
- Relapse prevention
- Peer group support
- Health and wellness education
- Substance abuse education
- Dual diagnosis
- Mindfulness meditation
- Aftercare planning
- Alumni events
We offer residential and partial hospitalization programs that feature a comprehensive approach to rehab. Our highly skilled staff provide those we treat with the care, education, and support they need to fully recover from substance abuse and forge the healthy and satisfying lives they deserve.