Dagga addiction: The Dangers

dagga addiction

Are you worried that you or someone close to you has a Dagga addiction? Help is at hand. Here we tell you a little about Dagga addiction, what to look out for and how we can get you or a loved one the best possible treatment.

What is Dagga addiction?

Dagga is the dried flowers, stems, leaves and seeds of the hemp plant, also known as Cannabis sativa. It is usually smoked as a cigarette (a joint), or in a pipe (a bong). Dagga can also be mixed into food or hot drinks. It is also available as hashish which is a concentrated form of Dagga.  Alternative names for Dagga include cannabis, weed, pot and hash. Users get a high from marijuana  which can be followed by drowsiness. These feelings can quickly become addictive.

Dagga works by acting on cannabinoid receptors in the brain which are found in high density in areas affecting pleasure, memory, concentration and movement. Dagga is a commonly abused drug. It’s often considered a harmless drug but this is a myth. It has severe physical and psychological consequences.  It is also often the first drug a person will use, and research shows that young people who have used marijuana are more likely to move onto harder drugs than those who haven’t.

Signs, symptoms and risks of Dagga Addiction

When an individual has an addiction to Dagga they experience several physical and physiological changes.  Look out for heightened sensory awareness, euphoria, altered perceptions and feeling hungry (“the munchies”). Dagga smoke has a distinctive, sweet or spicy odour so be aware if you smell this around your loved one or in their room.  Other warning sides include blood shot eyes and discoloured fingers.  

Dagga affects co-ordination, making driving under the influence of the drug just as dangerous as drink-driving.  It can result in psychological problems such as anxiety, depression and paranoia, and for those with mental health issues in their familiy, marijuana can even cause psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. It’s thought that marijuana abuse can affect fertility by decreasing sperm count and suppressing ovulation.  Dagga increases heart rate and blood pressure which can cause long-term problems. And, just like tobacco, dagga contains chemical “nasties” which can lead to lung disease and cancer.

Treating Dagga addiction

Withdrawing from dagga can produce severe emotional symptoms, and should be carried out in a medically supervised environment.  However, detox is only the first stage of recovery and should be followed by a full rehab program. At Addiction Helper, we’ll help you explore residential and non-residential treatment programs, and give you and your family all the support you need.

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