Cannabis Use Disorder (Addiction)

National Institute on Drug Abuse states:

Marijuana use can lead to the development of problem use, known as a marijuana use disorder, which takes the form of addiction in severe cases. Recent data suggest that 30% of those who use marijuana may have some degree of marijuana use disorder.18 People who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults.19


Think Ya Know? Is Marijuana Addictive?

Today’s turbo-charged pot is much more addictive and addiction comes on much faster than it did in the ’70s when the THC content was just a fraction of what it is today.

Please read through the following thought-provoking facts

Is Recovery from Cannabis Dependence Possible? Factors that Help or Hinder Recovery in a National Sample of Canadians with a History of Cannabis Dependence

Conclusion. Although many Canadians with a history of cannabis dependence achieve remission and a large minority are truly resilient and achieve PMH, many are failing to thrive. Targeted outreach is warranted for the most vulnerable individuals with a history of cannabis dependence (e.g., men, younger respondents, those with low social support and a history of mental illness).

What is the difference between a habit and an addiction?

Dr. Christine Miller

A sign that a habit has morphed into an addiction is to see continued usage despite the occurrence
of life-altering negative consequences. To quote Dr. George Koob, head of the National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism “A healthy brain rewards healthy behaviors—like exercising, eating,
or bonding with loved ones. It does this by switching on brain circuits that make you feel wonderful,
which then motivates you to repeat those behaviors……..But when you’re becoming addicted to a
substance, that normal hardwiring of helpful brain processes can begin to work against you. Drugs
or alcohol can hijack the pleasure/reward circuits in your brain and hook you into wanting more and
more. Addiction can also send your emotional danger-sensing circuits into overdrive, making you
feel anxious and stressed when you’re not using drugs or alcohol. At this stage, people often use
drugs or alcohol to keep from feeling bad rather than for their pleasurable effects.”