Why does marijuana addiction happen? Well, to answer this question, you first have to answer one that’s even more important—can someone be addicted to marijuana?This is a hotly debated topic in the medical community, with studies examining and reporting on both sides of the issue.
As research and anecdotal evidence piles up, though, it’s becoming increasingly clear that—at least for some people—marijuana is addictive, but psychologically addictive instead of physically addictive. People who become addicted may deny that there’s a problem, become increasingly focused on getting high, spend exorbitant amounts of time and money to get more marijuana, and show signs of frustration when they get close to running out. They may even need to smoke or eat more and more just to reinforce the habit.This doesn’t happen to the vast majority of people who use marijuana. Moreover, early research rarely found evidence of addiction. So, what’s changed? Why does marijuana addiction happen now?
It’s more powerful
Marijuana has been increasing in potency for decades, and experts believe it’s going to continue. The additional Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may be causing people to have stronger reactions. The more of the drug they use, the more they crave it, and just like other addictive substances, people are experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop using it.
It’s quite possible that there was always a small section of the population that suffered from marijuana addiction and early studies simply missed the signs—or chose people for whom addiction wasn’t the case. Today, we have a larger body of research to evaluate and can observe people over long periods of time to see if their relationship with the drug changes.
Why does marijuana addiction happen to some and not others? Well, just like with other dangerous substances, it may simply be that your brain is more genetically predisposed to it. If you have a history of addiction in your family, it is far more likely that you will become an addict yourself if you start using mind-altering substances. This is because substance abuse not only alters your brain chemistry but that of future generations.
Ultimately, the question isn’t “why does marijuana addiction happen?” but “what can you do to stop it?” For those already suffering from marijuana addiction, the first and most important step identify it as a problem, then seek out and go through an effective treatment program that’s right for you.
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