Many people incorrectly believe that you cannot become addicted to marijuana. This isnottrue. It’s easily possible to become severely addicted to marijuana and it can result in the same damage to your health and life similar to any other drug. In this article, you’ll learn the signs and symptoms of marijuana addiction and the treatment options available.
Symptoms and Signs of Marijuana AddictionThere are many signs and symptoms associated with an addiction to marijuana(also known as marijuana use disorder or cannabis use disorder) ranging from physical to mental effects. Below are some of the top signs:
AnxietyIndividuals who regularly consume marijuana can experience heightened levels of anxiety.
NauseaSome people experience nausea (or even vomiting) from marijuana abuse.
DepressionExcessive marijuana use can lead to depression.
Poor MemoryDifficulty remembering events or specific points in time is also a symptom of marijuana addiction. The above symptoms can result from both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.
Additional SymptomsWhile the above-mentioned symptoms do occur in many cases from smoking marijuana, there are several other symptoms that can appear when someone is addicted to marijuana. It’s also important to note that not everyone will display the same signs and behaviors of this type of drug abuse – it’s often a mix of symptoms.
- Weakened immune system
- Loss of interest in important social hobbies and activities
- Losing a job
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating
- Breathing difficulties
- Elevated heart rate
- Feeling you need more marijuana
- Developing a marijuana dependence and tolerance
Long-Term Effects of Marijuana AddictionUsing marijuana frequently over time can lead to the below health issues and social problems:
- Difficulty with mental processing and becoming at risk for mental disorders
- Lack of self-esteem
- Losing a job
- Unable to maintain relationships or friendships
- Financial struggles
- Potentially causing harm to the heart and/or lungs
- Experiencing marijuana withdrawal symptoms