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Marijuana abuse

Cannabis dependence is a condition defined in DSM-IV applying the general concept of substance dependence to cannabis.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with marijuana abuse, 76% report having drug abuse, 56% report having abusing alcohol, and 50% report having depressive or psychotic symptoms. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of marijuana abuse are drug abuse and abusing alcohol, although you may still have marijuana abuse without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with marijuana abuse often receive mental health counseling, psychotherapy, urinalysis, psychological and psychiatric evaluation and therapy, toxicology screen, blood alcohol, microscopic examination (bacterial smear; culture; toxicology) and depression screen .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with marijuana abuse include buprenorphine / naloxone, mirtazapine, fluphenazine (prolixin), levocarnitine, fluoxetine / olanzapine, naltrexone, acamprosate (campral), tiagabine (gabitril), asenapine (saphris), reserpine (hhr), amphetamine (adderall), pentazocine (talwin) and disulfiram (antabuse) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for marijuana abuse include sex == male age 15-29 years. On the other hand, age 75+ years, age 1-4 years, and age < 1 years almost never get marijuana abuse.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.3x
15-29 years
3.2x
30-44 years
1.3x
45-59 years
0.6x
60-74 years
0.1x
75+ years
0.0x

Sex

Male
1.6x
Female
0.5x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.2x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
1.0x
Other
0.9x
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