The Addiction of Marijuana – Fact Or Fiction?

Many users of marijuana say that they can “take it, or leave it” when it’s about getting high. Sometimes they even use this reasoning to claim that their marijuana habit doesn’t lead to addiction.

What is marijuana addiction?

Although it is possible to say that not all people will become dependent on marijuana, this can also be said for those who occasionally use alcohol. We all know that alcohol addiction can be very dangerous in those most susceptible.

Before we can make an assessment on marijuana’s addictive qualities, let’s first define addiction.

Addiction can be defined as an abnormal tolerance or dependence on a substance that is habit-forming, psychologically or physically. In addition, addiction can lead to intense cravings if the substance is not present.

When marijuana use is not an addiction

Our definition says that there is a limited number of people who can smoke marijuana, but only occasionally. They are not able to become dependent or tolerant.

These people are only a small fraction of marijuana users. The majority of marijuana users will develop a habit and eventually, they will start to exhibit signs of addiction.

Marijuana Addiction

People who smoke marijuana do it for the intoxicating effects. It produces a relaxed, almost euphoric feeling. Once these feelings are felt, they want to recreate them. The small amount of marijuana used to produce these effects eventually stops producing the same feelings, so users start to smoke more to try to get the same effects. This is the classic sign that you have developed tolerance. It’s also a reliable indicator of an addiction.

Another sign of marijuana addiction is dependence. People who have been using marijuana for a long time will find it difficult to function without it. They can use a lot of energy to plan how they will get the drug, even if they aren’t high or under the influence. They are so obsessed with the drug that their entire existence revolves around it, there is little else.

As marijuana becomes more important, people start to have problems in their personal and professional lives.

The Ultimate Test

There is an easy way to determine if your marijuana addiction has turned into a habit: Quit.

You can get a clear picture about how marijuana affects you by stopping abruptly using marijuana. You may feel the withdrawal symptoms: cravings, anxiety, insomnia, irritability and depression.

Summary

While a few marijuana users will choose to avoid addiction, the majority will not. Marijuana can be a powerful psychoactive drug that alters brain activity and mood. To achieve the same effects, one’s tolerance to marijuana increases. This means that you will need to take more of it. This increases tolerance eventually leads to dependence, which can lead to a host of problems for addicts.

You should quit smoking marijuana if you feel it has become an addiction. You will have a better chance of reclaiming your life and making it easier by quitting sooner than you think.

Shelly