Marijuana is Addictive
Marijuana is addictive. Smoking marijuana leads to changes in the brain that are similar to those caused by cocaine, heroin and alcohol.
Does a person...
- Need an increased amount of marijuana to achieve the desired effect?
- Continue to use marijuana to avoid physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms?
- Ingest larger amounts over a longer period than intended?
- Spend a lot of time and effort in obtaining marijuana?
- Continue use despite knowledge of having a persistent physical or psychological problem?
If so, the individual may be addicted to marijuana.
Long-term marijuana users who try to stop using report symptoms such as: irritability, anxiety, sleeplessness, decreased appetite and drug craving; all of which make it difficult to quit on their own without professional help.
Marijuana Use to Self-Medicate
Oftentimes, individuals may use marijuana as an attempt to self-medicate and alleviate symptoms of a mental health disorder, which is referred to as a co-occurring disorder or a dual-diagnosis. Studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of:
- Suicidal ideation