Is Weed Addictive? Solving Controversy with Science

Is Weed Addictive? Solving Controversy with Science

Weed consumption can be seen in three different phases. People use such a substance for medical and recreational purposes. So, is weed addictive? Unfortunately, many studies have also pointed that marijuana abuse can trigger addictive behavior. As a consequence, in most cases, weed consumption is similar to other negative habits that can induce instant sensorial rewards such as shopping or eating chocolate. This is why it is important to understand the perils of this drug. Moreover, learning the signs of substance addiction can help you get on track sooner than you thought.

Differences between Physical and Psychological Weed Addiction

From a medical point of view, a person can be physically or psychologically addicted to a drug or even both at the same time. At a physical level, users experience tolerance. This stage occurs when their body gets so familiar with the alien substance, that the system is no longer experiencing the same intensity of drug’s effects as before.

This is the point when addicts increase their dosage to enjoy stronger response once again. However, once they decide to quit weed, they go through a withdrawal period. By suddenly eliminating the substance they grew familiar with, people are going to feel unpleasant symptoms.

On the other hand, psychological addiction takes a toll on user’s emotional health. Once they decide to discontinue their usual weed consumption, they will go through a large spectrum of motivational and emotional withdrawal symptoms. However, this addiction is more slippery than the physical one. Addicts will have internal conflicts, and they need psychological treatment to recover.

How to Find out If Someone Has Addictive Behavior
or Not

Considered a college drug, many of the weed smokers don’t get addicted to it. In fact, only about 10% of weed smokers end up with serious weed addiction. Others just smoke it when they want to, without having any detrimental effect on any aspect of their lives. Weed addiction, although mild in comparison to alcohol and other drugs, doesn’t condone an addict. The silver lining, in this case, is that it is easy to shake off weed addiction.

When people decide to recover from their addiction and quit smoking, they would likely feel different sensations of discomfort. Such withdrawal symptoms include nausea, sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety. Fortunately, these are easy to overcome in comparison to other side effects. Moreover, people can ask for help from professionals and specialized institutions such as rehab.

There are many cases when people who are heavily using marijuana, never suffer from any negative effects on their life or health. And then there are those 10% who need to shake off the weed. People who abuse weed do not necessarily become dependent on it. Unfortunately, the reverse is very true. The addictiveness can kick in even when people have barely touched a drug.

Am I Addicted to Marijuana?

If you’re unsure as to whether you’re addicted to marijuana or not, you can take a flash quiz by answering the questions below:

  •  Do you have the amount of drugs you use under control? Do you increase this dose over a period of time?
  •  Does marijuana take a central place in your life?
  •  When you’re not using, do you spend time thinking about using?
  •  Do you spend a tidy sum of both money and time to acquire marijuana?
  •  When you’ve run out of weed, do you become angry, agitated, depressed or irritable?
  •  Do you continue to use despite the negative side effects?

If you answered positively to most of the questions above, then you, my friend, have an addiction to shake off. In most of the cases, marijuana triggers addictiveness that food, sex or shopping can also induce in people. It’s a pleasant sensation experienced by an individual to trigger the reward centers in the brain. The result is a simple and enjoyable experience. This feeling of addiction arises when people get bored or when they are going through difficult times, and they want instant gratification. This very feeling is the result of triggering off the reward centers in the brain.

Final Word on Substance Abuse

On the other hand, marijuana can turn into a medical addiction and bring forth addictive behavioral patterns. Usually, addicts turn marijuana into the most important aspect of their lives. At this point, they neglect everything and everyone who is not helping them procure their dose, including their own family. Such people are the ones who need professional treatment for their dependence and abuse.

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