Can I become addicted to cannabis?
Yes you can. While cannabis has one of the lowest addiction rates of any substance (only about 9% of users become physically addicted) it is still a possibility, and that risk increases with long term use.
If you think you may be becoming addicted to cannabis, the best way to tell is by taking a small break from using for a day or two. If you encounter any withdrawal symptoms you may want to extend your period of abstinence or even abstain permanently (if that’s what you decide to do).
Cannabis withdrawal symptoms include:
- Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
- Dysphoria (a feeling of general unease or dissatisfaction)
- Stomach pain
- Cravings for resumed cannabis use
That being said, you do not have to be physically addicted to cannabis in order to be addicted. Many people encounter psychological or habitual addiction to cannabis (similar to the “addiction” to food many people with emotional eating disorders suffer). Many people will use cannabis during hard times in their life to block out negative feelings and emotions. If you find yourself constantly reaching for a joint to ignore your problems instead of reaching for a joint before going out and SOLVING your problems, then you may want to seek counseling or therapy for a psychological cannabis addiction.