Scientists Say Marijuana Addiction is Real

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Although there may be differences in the physical symptoms of withdrawal, there is no difference in terms of psychological dependence to cannabis or any other drug or behavior… In fact, the emotional bond may be stronger with dope, because smoking a joint is for many of us our first mood-altering chemical experience.”

~James Langdon, No Need for Weed: Understanding and Breaking Cannabis Dependency

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in California, we need to address the elephant in the room – marijuana dependence and addiction. Contrary to what many people think, smoking marijuana regularly CAN lead to addiction and all manner of negative consequences.

It Affects More People Than You Think

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 9% of marijuana users will become dependent at some point. While that number may sound relatively low, consider this –

California has 2.5 MILLION marijuana users. Doing the math, that works out to 225,000 marijuana addicts.

Addiction Is MORE Than Physical

A person with a Cannabis Use Disorder may exhibit several medically-defined symptoms of addiction, indicating a problem, including, “problematic behavioral or psychological changes.”

Dr. Wes Boyd, PhD, who works as a psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance and as an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, says, “Even though the physiological effects of cannabis withdrawal are generally mild, it is not correct to conclude that marijuana is not addictive, because being addicted to something is more than simply being physically dependent on a drug and experiencing physiological effects if the drug is stopped suddenly.”

What are some of the adverse effects of marijuana addiction, besides physical and psychological dependence?

But the biggest red flag is continuing to use marijuana despite these consequences. If you are experiencing any of the above and still smoke marijuana, maybe it’s time to step back and reevaluate your relationship with the drug.

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