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THC/CBD Addiction Treatment

With the new emergence of cannabis compounds being used medicinally, as well as the increasing legalisation of cannabis products, the number of people using THC or CBD is on the rise. However inoffensive these compounds may seem, they are not without their risks as well as their benefits. This is why Clinic Les Alpes are committed to clear and accessible education about THC and CBD, in addition to excellence in treatment of THC or CBD addiction. Sobriety, safety, and recovery are more than possible with the right knowledge and care, and we have the expertise and experience to support you in overcoming this addiction.

Why Choose a THC/CBD Rehabilitation Centre in Switzerland

Embarking on the path to recovery can feel overwhelming, particularly when undertaken in the same ‘daily life’ environment. Take a moment to step away from life and escape to recovery in the mountains by Lake Geneva. Clinic Les Alpes offers a serene and luxurious environment within which people can connect to their true selves, whilst receiving world-class treatment and round-the-clock medical care. With individualised treatment plans, you too can experience a personalised journey to wellbeing surrounded by unspoiled nature and guided by global experts in addiction treatment and recovery. 

What Are THC and CBD?

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are both cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant. When smoking cannabis you will experience the effects of both, however with the recent surge of cannabis based products, it is becoming increasingly popular for these chemicals to be administered separately in order to experience the effects of only one. This is particularly the case in vapes, gummies, and other popular market products. THC is the psychoactive compound that is responsible for the feeling of being ‘high’ when using cannabis. It interacts with the CB1 receptors in the brain, which creates a sense of mood alteration, changes to the way you perceive things, and more. This is the compound that has typically been associated with medical use of pain relief, nausea control, and appetite stimulation.  CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning that it does not produce the same sensation of feeling ‘high’ like THC does. While it interacts with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, its effects are not primarily felt in the central nervous system. CBD is most commonly used by people seeking to manage their anxiety, chronic pain, and epilepsy. 

Are THC or CBD Addictive? 

THC and CBD are typically considered to have a low potential risk for addiction, particularly when compared to other substances like nicotine or opioids. However, it’s important to understand that no substance is without habit-forming potential, and understanding how both compounds work can go a long way to protecting yourself and others.  THC has been known to be addictive. This is largely because of the ‘high’ that one experiences through its use. Regular consumption of THC may lead to a physical or psychological dependence, creating a compulsion to use despite negative consequences, commonly referred to as addiction.  CBD is typically considered to have low addictive risk. Because there is no ‘high’ experienced when using, individuals are less likely to feel a need or desire to continue using. Due to its potentially therapeutic effects and the low risk of dependency, it is typically considered less addictive than THC.  It's crucial to note that individual responses to cannabis compounds vary, and factors such as genetics, mental health, and environmental influences can play a role in how someone reacts to THC or CBD. Additionally, the method of consumption (smoking, vaping, edibles) and the frequency of use can impact the risk of developing dependence.

What Are the Signs of THC/CBD Addiction

  • Do you ever find yourself taking more THC/CBD or doing it for longer than you intended to?
  • Have you made attempts to stop or cut back on using but haven’t been able to?
  • Do you spend a lot of time either getting, using, or recovering from THC/CBD?
  • Do you find yourself having cravings or urges to use?
  • Have you ever struggled to fulfil your responsibilities or obligations because of using, like at work, at home, or at school?
  • Are you continuing to use, despite it causing problems in your friendships and relationships? 
  • Have you given up any important activities because of THC use, like work activities, social activities, or even hobbies? 
  • Do you keep using THC/CBD, even though you know that it may put you at risk? 
  • Have you kept using THC/CBD even though you know it’s causing or aggravating any physical or psychological problems you might have? 
  • Have you noticed that your tolerance is increasing? That is to say, you need to take more than you used to in order to get the same effect? 
  • Have you ever felt withdrawal symptoms (anxiety, agitation, racing heart, paranoia, bad mood, nausea etc) and then felt much better once you took some more THC/CBD? 
If you have said ‘yes’ for yourself, or someone you know, for any of the above points, it may be time to seek professional help and support. Attending a rehabilitation centre can be a great way to start your recovery journey by addressing not only your THC or CBD use, but also the root causes of why THC/CBD use can get so out of control for each unique person.

THC/CBD Addiction Treatment and Rehab

Detox and Withdrawal

THC’s withdrawal process is primarily psychological, resulting in cravings, sleep disturbances, irritability, mood swings, anxiety and difficulty with appetite. Symptoms are typically not long lasting and the most acute period of withdrawal will be completed within a week. However, it will take a longer period for the symptoms to completely subside, particularly cravings.  CBD is not typically associated with significant withdrawal symptoms. As explained above, users do not typically develop psychological or physical dependencies like they may with THC. Because of the short half-life of CBD, it is typically cleared from the body through urine and faeces within a few days. 

Assessment

Once your physical condition has stabilised, you can expect to enter an assessment period. This typically lasts between 5-10 days, where you will undergo a variety of assessments with psychologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists and other medical staff to determine your current level of health. This should ideally include an assessment of all levels of health: mental, physical, social, and spiritual. 

Treatment

Drug dependency and its associated consequences on mental and physical health mean that addiction treatment should be delivered by a multidisciplinary team. This ensures that not only are all of the patient’s needs being met, but that there is a vast collection of expertise and knowledge for the patient to learn from. Most people entering into an inpatient treatment facility will undergo a 28 day stay. However, for those with longstanding addictions, co-occurring disorders, or who are recovering from a relapse, it may be necessary to stay longer. Addiction is such a personal disease, and affects every individual differently. Treatment plans and lengths should, therefore, be tailored to those individuals. 

Aftercare

Rehabilitation centres should always offer an aftercare programme to ensure that your progress in treatment can be long-lasting. This should include connecting you with relevant and skilled professionals who can continue supporting your recovery, in addition to keeping in touch with you to ensure that you have access to all tools necessary to protect your sobriety. Research indicates that the initial months of recovery are crucial, and sustaining a long-term period of sobriety, most studies suggest 12 months, is a great indicator for life-long positive outcomes. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What Is the Difference Between THC and CBD?

As outlined above, the main differences are in their psychoactive properties and their effects on the body and mind. THC creates a sensation of being ‘high’, whereas CBD does not. As a result, THC has more potential to be habit-forming. 

Can THC and CBD be used medicinally? 

There has been a lot of research over the past few decades about the potential for using THC and CBD for treating a variety of illnesses. Therapeutic applications include pain management, appetite stimulation, anxiety regulation, and anti-inflammatory support. However, it is important to remember that these compounds should not be self-administered without the guidance and advice of a medical professional. This is particularly true if you have a history of mental illness, a genetic predisposition to certain perceptual disturbances, or any physical illness/complications. 

Are THC and CBD legal?

There is no one correct answer to this, as the legal status of THC or CBD largely depends on where you currently live. THC is more often subject to legal restrictions due to its psychoactive nature, and while it may be legal in some places or countries, it is often heavily regulated. CBD can be derived from hemp plants, and is more commonly legal and available in various forms such as oils, capsules, and creams. 

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