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Can you be addicted to Marijuana?


Today, the topic of marijuana addiction can be rather controversial. The drug has recently been legalized for medical use and even recreational use in many states. Weather it has medical use or not, it certainly has its dangers, especially when it is abused. Used over a long period of time, consistently, it is known that marijuana can cause dependence, tolerance, and addiction.

People generally use marijuana by smoking it out of a pipe. Other ways they use it are by using vaporizers, “dabs”, and edibles. The results of taking the drug in any fashion are usually a relaxed and euphoric effect. However, it can have other undesired effects such as paranoia, overeating, lack of energy, depression, and anti-social behavior. When individuals use marijuana daily, they can also become dependent on the drug, which can lead to addiction.

Some people say that weed is very addictive and that it can create negative effects physically and psychologically that last even when the user quits. Others will say that there are no addictive qualities, and that it has no direct negative effects. So this can be confusing. What is the truth? Is weed harmless or is it a dangerous and addictive substance?

Just speaking physically, marijuana can lead to several negative effects. These include increase or decrease in appetite, altered mood, more rapid heart rate, and respiratory issues when smoked.

People generally use marijuana by smoking it out of a pipe. Other ways they use it are by using vaporizers, “dabs”, and edibles. The results of taking the drug in any fashion are usually a relaxed and euphoric effect. However, it can have other undesired effects such as paranoia, overeating, lack of energy, depression, and anti-social behavior. When individuals use marijuana daily, they can also become dependent on the drug, which can lead to addiction.

Some people say that weed is very addictive and that it can create negative effects physically and psychologically that last even when the user quits. Others will say that there are no addictive qualities, and that it has no direct negative effects. So this can be confusing. What is the truth? Is weed harmless or is it a dangerous and addictive substance?

Psychologically, weed can lead to anxiety and paranoia, depression, poor decision making, and unclear thinking. Most of these effects will wear off once the effects of the drug wear off. However, for some individuals, these effects can last for weeks, months, or even permanently.

For those who use marijuana regularly, for a long period of time, may experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop abruptly. These symptoms may include irritability, insomnia, loss of appetite, anxiety, depression, agitation, craving for marijuana, and mood swings. These symptoms will generally alleviate after two weeks without smoking pot.

Some of the mental effects of use will not go away so easily, and may require additional treatment to overcome. These include anxiety, depression, social anxiety, schizophrenia, and psychosis. Weed can also increase the heart rate by 20% or more, increase the risk of heart attack, may lead to lung cancer, pneumonia, and create lack of motivation, mental impairment, reduced cognitive skills, and a poor social life.

As with all addictions, the first step to overcoming an addiction to weed is to recognize the problem. Many times, marijuana addiction will be accompanied with other addictions as well, such as alcohol or other drugs. Marijuana addiction is actually the most common substance for people to be addicted to, simply because of the number of marijuana users there are in comparison to other drugs.

Signs of Marijuana Addiction

Tolerance

If you have to use more marijuana to get the same effects as before, you could be developing an addiction.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Symptoms like anxiety, depression, or changes in appetite or mood when not smoking.

Unable To Control Use

Smoking when you don’t mean to or smoking more than you wanted.

Inability to Cut Down on Use

If you are having a hard time with cutting back when you want to, you may be addicted.

Amount of Time Spent

Spending most of your time thinking about getting high or getting high.

Loss of Recreation

Spending less time on other activities because of weed.

Negative Effects

Continuing to use marijuana despite negative consequences.

Primary Coping

Needing to use the drug to relax or be okay.

If you believe that you or a loved one may be addicted to marijuana, there is help. Sober living is a great way for those trying to get out of their old habits to develop a positive community and get used to living life sober without as many temptations and distractions they would experience otherwise.

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