Being Addicted to Cannabis

What’s the Possibility of Getting Addicted to Marijuana?

Much of the controversy surrounding marijuana arises from the fact that each person’s unique body chemistry and mental state significantly influences the outcome of drug use. As a result, it’s possible for one person to find it easy to take a break from marijuana use, while others may be caught in a downwards spiral of addiction.


Your chances of getting addicted mostly depends on your unique body chemistry and other personal factors
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Much of the controversy surrounding marijuana arises from the fact that each person’s unique body chemistry and mental state significantly influences the outcome of drug use. As a result, it’s possible for one person to find it easy to take a break from marijuana use, while others may be caught in a downwards spiral of addiction.

According to reports from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 30% of marijuana users may be grappling with marijuana use disorder -- a sugar-coated term for marijuana addiction.

So how can you tell which class of marijuana users you fall into? Here are some ways in which symptoms of marijuana addition can become evident in your life:


Interference with Lifestyle

According to researchers, a marijuana user spirals into drug addiction when the person is incapable of quitting the drug, even when it limits the person’s capacity to carry out regular daily activities. When a person is addicted, they may always need to consume another quantity of marijuana before switching between tasks; for example, from watching TV to cooking meals or even closing business deals. This in turn might affect their ability to perform such tasks efficiently. The desire to remain high most of the time can even drive people to choose only friends, places, events and activities that allow them to indulge in their regular marijuana consumption

According to researchers, younger users are more likely to become addicted. Addiction at a young age can therefore compel someone to take less progressive path in life that would enable them to indulge in use of the drug.


The desire for a better life

Many people who get addicted to marijuana indulge as a means of escaping from the harsh realities of life. If marijuana is a crutch that helps them gather and keep their thoughts together, then associating marijuana use with a better state of mind might mean casual use ends up as an addiction.

People who have a vibrant social life and are surrounded by a reliable group of family and friend are less susceptible to addiction. Unfortunately, the effects of unhealthy marijuana use can be cyclical - marijuana addiction could alter your perception of the personal dreams and goals you’ve been pursuing and take away the drive to move out of the negative situation that began the addictive behavior in the first place.


Your ability to cope with mental illnesses

Mental health is among the biological factors that can determine a person’s level of susceptibility to drug addiction. At first, cannabis may help with symptoms of mental health disorders such as anxiety, paranoia and insomnia. However, when tolerance levels begin to mount, a consumer may begin once again to struggle with their mental health problems.

In these cases, symptoms might grow worse if a user doesn’t take enough doses of marijuana to give a good hit. Stalcup, a rehabilitation home estimates that 50 - 60% of marijuana addicts who turn up at the doors of the clinic also have some sort of mental illness such as schizophrenia, PTSD, or anxiety. 

Inexhaustible tolerance levels:

With greater use comes greater tolerance that gives rise to the need for greater doses.

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One of the trademark symptoms of marijuana use is a significant increase in tolerance levels that requires larger quantities of the drug in order to get a similar high. Once high, certain functions of the brain are promoted and other disabled. In order to restore order and maintain normalcy, the brain develops tolerance levels to protect its functions from the disruptions caused by the drug.


Avoiding addiction

Prevention is better than cure – the best way to avoid addiction is to be aware that it can happen and take steps to ensure that your use of marijuana does not become debilitating in any way. It’s important to be able to identify the tell-tale signs that show you’re spiraling into an addiction.

Although marijuana isn’t lethal, it can have negative effects on users – and particularly on consumers who abuse the substance by using it past normal, healthy levels. There is some debate about whether marijuana is physically addictive, but there is no doubt it can be very psychologically addictive for some people. Being honest with yourself about usage, keeping a strong network of family of friends, and avoiding the use of the drug as a coping mechanism should help you avoid addictive patterns, and keep you safe.