Is marijuana addictive?
Weed or marijuana has been a subject of controversy for many decades. There are several schools of thought where weed addiction is concerned including:
- Weed is addictive
- Weed is not addictive
- Weed is a gateway for using more addictive substances
- Weed is not a gateway for using more addictive substances
- Weed is addictive and is a gateway for using more addictive substances
- Weed is not addictive and is not a gateway for using more addictive substances
The question “is marijuana addictive” is a fair question, but the answer is extremely complicated and quite speculative. For the most part, the answer could be “yes” as easily as it could be “no” and just depends on the standpoint of the person defining the word addiction and their views on it.
Marijuana is considered to be addictive from a physical standpoint by many, but only after chronic or prolonged abuse. Even if this is truly the situation, there are no documented physical signs of withdrawal, although the withdrawal signs could be psychological in nature. Unlike with other substance dependencies, the withdrawal signs that may or may not exist with weed addiction are not that obvious. Nor are they dangerous or life-threatening. It is more likely that the person has a weed abuse or dependency problem and not an addiction.
10 warning signs of dependency on marijuana
The following is a list of the 10 warning signs of weed addiction according to numerous addiction specialists and several public health organizations:
- Choosing your activities or relationships based on being able to get high
- Depending on marijuana for creativity, enjoyment, or relaxation
- Even when there are physical problems, you continue to get high
- Excessive amounts of time spent getting high
- Feeling like you cannot function throughout the day without getting high
- Inability to reduce or stop using marijuana
- Reduced participation in activities and shirking responsibilities
- Tolerance build-up
- Using increasingly larger amounts
- Using weed to escape your problems
If you have noticed that any of the above warning signs (or a combination thereof) are occurring with you or a loved one, it may be time to consider getting professional for weed addiction or dependency.
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