What is Cannabis Use Disorder?

What is CUD, Cannabis Use Disorder?

Cannabis Use Disorder is also known as an addiction or dependency to THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), a chemical in the marijuana plant. Professionals diagnose cannabis use disorder by the following criteria of symptoms that are listed below. Mild CUD – 2 to 3 symptoms Moderate CUD – 4 to 5 symptoms Severe CUD – 6 or more symptoms

Symptoms of Cannabis Use Disorder.

  • According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DMS-5), here is a summary of symptoms:
  • Use for at least 1 year
  • Using larger amounts over a longer period of time
  • Failed efforts to discontinue or reduce use
  • A significant amount of time seeking or using cannabis, or recovering from the negative effects of cannabis
  • Cravings or desire to use cannabis
  • Continued use despite adverse consequences
  • Work, school, hygiene, responsibility to family and friends are superseded by the desire to use
  • Use of cannabis during activities like driving and operating heavy equipment
  • Continued use despite physical and/or psychological problems
  • Larger amounts of cannabis needed to get the desired effects Withdrawal symptoms

Do people experience withdrawal symptoms?

Yes, some people do have withdrawal symptoms which can include: Irritability Anger/aggressiveness Anxiety Sleep disturbances/nightmares Decreased appetite Restlessness Depression Abdominal pain Fever/chills/sweating Headache Tremors/shakiness

Why are more people becoming addicted to marijuana?

Increase in potency/concentrations of THC in marijuana products Increased accessibility Decreased perception of risks or harms Normalization and commercialization

National Institute on Drug Abuse:

Recent data suggest 30% of those who use marijuana may have some degree of CUD.


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