For years, users and experts wondered the same question: is marijuana addictive?
After all, the vast majority of people who ingested marijuana didn’t seem to have any trouble stopping, and they didn’t show any of the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with other addictive drugs—sweating, headache, clammy skin, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and so on. In fact, the majority of research reported decades ago didn’t show much in the way of withdrawal or tolerance build-up at all for marijuana use. Why, then, has marijuana treatment increased significantly since 1992, with the number of kids and teens seeking help going up by nearly 142%? Is marijuana addictive?
Expanding recent evidence seems to demonstrate that, yes, marijuana is psychologically addictive (rather than physically with other substances). Moreover, there are physical marijuana withdrawal symptoms—they’re just often not as obvious as those experienced with other drugs.Even before you go through withdrawal, though, there are other signs. What are some of the symptoms of marijuana addiction that can clue you in to the fact that you may have a problem?
Just like with any other abused substance, people who become addicted to marijuana often won’t want to admit it, even if friends and family members keep telling them there’s something wrong.
Obsession with getting high
If you spend a lot of time thinking about getting high and buying more weed, or if you find yourself willing to pay whatever it takes to make sure you don’t run out, that’s a pretty powerful indicator that you may have an addiction problem.
Do you get really upset or stressed out when you realize that you’ve run out of marijuana? If you find it difficult to think straight because you’re so frustrated, it’s another big sign that you could be addicted.Increased tolerance. Most people don’t have to use more marijuana to repeat the high feeling but some habitual users have reported a need for more as they continue to smoke. An increase in tolerance means that the drug is changing your body chemistry to make you feel like you need it.
Those who do become addicted can work to get clean, but just because you won’t suffer from many of the worst physical symptoms associated with other drugs, doesn’t mean it’s easy. Here are just a few withdrawal symptoms of marijuana:
- Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms
- Loss of appetite
So Is Marijuana Addictive? Yes. None of those symptoms is life threatening but they’re certainly not comfortable to live with, which is why many people go back to using the drug. The best thing to do if you want to get over your marijuana addiction is to seek out a treatment program that you are comfortable with to provide you with professional support.
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