Medical marijuana reform is sweeping across the United States, and more and more people are trying it for their ailments. While it’s not a cure all, it’s been shown to help with a wide variety of problems and it’s certainly worth researching, but for people who have struggled with an addiction in the past, it may be a slippery slope that could lead to relapse for them. Marijuana contains the mind altering chemical THC, and has other cannabinoids as well, such as one identified for medical use, cannabidiol, or CBD. It has no psychoactive affects, but many people wonder if any part of medical cannabis can be safely used if they’ve had an addiction the past.
Everyone reacts to substances like marijuana differently, so it can be hard to say it’s okay or not okay for absolutely everyone. People who were addicted to the same drug may have different reactions to smoking or ingesting marijuana for medical purposes: one person may just feel the effects of the cannabis, while another person can feel the effects and be triggered at the reminder of how they felt when they used drugs. People who have struggled with a drug or alcohol addiction should always approach medical marijuana with caution, but if they’re determined to try it for the medical uses it has, they should approach the subject with their sponsor or addiction counselor nearby. While it may have many benefits for a wide variety of problems, marijuana for medical use can trigger you, even if you don’t think it would, and even if you have a strong support system in place, it could be too intense of a sensation and trigger for you to overcome.
If you’re someone who has battled an addiction to drugs or alcohol in the past, and you’re considering trying medical marijuana, always talk to a doctor or addiction counselor first, and always check the laws in your state. While many states have legalized it for medical uses, not everyone is eligible, and it’s still illegal in many states. There may be many ways it could help you with a health problem, but if it could put your recovery at risk, it may not be the right option for you. Always reach out and communicate with your sponsor or counselor, and keep yourself in check.
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