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Kicking the Cannabis Habit

Ridding yourself of weed

By John Plester, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Norwich, Norfolk

Smoking marijuana is something people turn to for various reasons. In many cases, it's used as a way of deflecting difficulties in life. Feelings of anxiousness or depression, problems in their social life or personal environment are frequently blamed. In the end, the substance only helps them escape for so long, and normally it forms into a habit or dependence for a great many people.

So how can cannabis users triumph over their dependency?

Let's start with a bit of information about how cannabis is commonly used. Cannabis can be found in lots of different forms, each with its own features and degrees of potency. The types include; skunk, oil, hash, grass, or dope. All of them come from the same plant, but the potency varies depending upon the plant's breed and how that plant was prepared to be taken. Cannabis can be used by oral ingestion, and may be baked into cupcakes, made into 'tea' or most often smoked with tobacco.

The main outcomes of cannabis use are elevated feelings of relaxation, reduction in pain levels and improved sleep. Numerous people smoke socially which can generally form part of the dependency as the social element of taking the drug is sometimes just as satisfying as the overall effects.

Other effects can include; anxiousness, panic attacks, worry, cravings for food, light-headedness, queasiness, hallucinations, psychosis, and the loss of trust in those around you while under the influence. These adverse reactions mostly accumulate over time, by which time it can be not easy to stop. Regrettably, it is only at this time that the cannabis user may realise they have become dependent.

Ingesting cannabis can also bring unwanted physical effects. These can include rapid pulse rate, high blood pressure levels, fertility problems and also a loss of memory, balance and dexterity. If cannabis addiction is affecting your life there is a good chance that you have noticed its detrimental effects but you may still be struggling to quit.

What is commonly misunderstood is that the dependence affects both the conscious and the subconscious mind and as such it often needs specialist help to effect change. So if your cannabis use has begun to go beyond your ability to control it, or you find that it's having an increasingly negative impact on your life, then it's really important to seek help early.

Hypnotherapy processes are a very beneficial form of treatment that can assist free you of your addiction. In the first instance you should discuss your cannabis habits with your hypnotherapist to establish a good form of therapy. Hypnotherapeutic specialist techniques will probably put you back in control, and help you build the resources you need to be free from cannabis. Hypnosis helps you find ways to satisfy the underlying needs in a different, healthier way, so despite the fact that it doesn't remove addiction, it helps to divert and channel it more effectively. The initial step starts with you deciding that you are ready to change and getting in touch.

If you want more information about how I an help you with your addiction, call or e mail to arrange to meet up to discuss your addiction in more detail before embarking on a tailored programme to help you move on from the addiction.

John Plester is a Clinical Hypnotherapist at Norwich Hypnotherapy Practice and Tutor at the East Anglian Institute of Hypnotherapy based in Norwich, Norfolk.

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