By: Shannon Persad
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What is Marijuana Abuse?
There are many drugs today that people misuse and abuse, notably opioids. However, marijuana abuse may go unnoticed due to it’s recreational and medicinal uses. Also, every year new states are introducing legislation to make marijuana legal in their state, and reducing crimes or removing them for marijuana-related charges.
The question is, can marijuana still be abused, leading to addiction? The answer is yes.
Read on to find out more about marijuana addiction.
Symptoms and Effects of Marijuana Abuse
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on the addictiveness of marijuana:
“Marijuana use can lead to the development of a substance use disorder, a medical illness in which the person is unable to stop using even though it’s causing health and social problems in their life. Severe substance use disorders are also known as addiction. Research suggests that between 9 and 30 percent of those who use marijuana may develop some degree of marijuana use disorder. People who begin using marijuana before age 18 are four to seven times more likely than adults to develop a marijuana use disorder.”
WebMD also states 1 in 10 people who use pot will become addicted. This entails losing the battle to stop using weed even if it affects your finances, productivity, and relationships. WebMD also claims “the risk is greater the younger you start marijuana and the more heavily you use it.” The odds of addiction are 1 in 6 if you use marijuana in your teens. Your body may also become physically dependent on marijuana, leading to undesirable withdrawal symptoms.
Those who use marijuana long-term may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as (from NIDA):
- Decreased appetite
Just like alcohol and tobacco, marijuana can also be abused despite bans being lifted and more legalization across the country.
If you or someone you know is suffering from marijuana addiction, seek professional help now.