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Addicted To Marijuana: 5 Signs You May Have A Problem

By Meagan Drillinger
Medically Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella, MD on December 04, 2021
Marijuana overuse can lead to dependency, abuse, and addiction. Here are some things that may signal a problem.

Marijuana is one of the most widely used drugs in America. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 9% of people who use marijuana become dependent on or addicted, meaning they cannot stop using it even if it is having negative effects on health, finances, relationships, or career.

While marijuana addiction isn’t associated with overdose death like other drugs, it can have serious side effects. Here are five signs you may have a problem with marijuana.

You Lose Interest in Activities

Marijuana can negatively affect your motivation or decision making, and can cause the loss of interest in the social and recreational activities that you once enjoyed. If you’re losing interest in setting and achieving goals, this could be a sign that you are addicted to marijuana.

Your Relationships are Suffering

If you’re putting less effort into your friendships, family, or romantic relationships because of marijuana use, that is a sign of a use disorder. You may find yourself pulling away from people who disapprove of your using the drug, and you might choose the drug over their concern.

You Have Developed Withdrawal Symptoms

People who are dependent on marijuana may notice withdrawal symptoms whenever they stop using it. These symptoms can include:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depressed mood
  • Restlessness
  • Physical problems such as sweating, tremors, or chills

Your Tolerance Increases

As marijuana users become dependent on the drug, their tolerance increases, meaning they need to use more in order to obtain the same effects. Tolerance is a sign of dependence, and one of several criteria for drug addiction.

You Are Unable to Stop

People who are dependent on or addicted to marijuana are unable to stop using it, even if they notice adverse effects, like difficulty meeting responsibilities. If you find that you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is time to seek help. 

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