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Marijuana use disorder becomes addiction when the person cannot stop using the drug even though it interferes with many aspects of his or her life. Estimates of the number of people addicted to marijuana are controversial, in part because epidemiological studies of substance use often use dependence as a proxy for addiction even though it is possible to be dependent without being addicted. Stalcup estimates that 50 to 60 percent of the people with an addiction to marijuana whom his clinic treats have some sort of underlying mental health condition. The majority of his clients hav.
The relatively low rate of marijuana addiction has caused some advocates to claim that the drug is not addictive. This is not the case. Any. So, to wrap up, is marijuana addictive?
For most people, no. About 10% of recreational users will develop problems serve enough to impair their work and relationships. Yes, about 1 in 10 marijuana users will become addicted. For people who begin using younger than 18, that number rises to 1 in 6. 1-3 For more information visit CDC’s section on addiction or the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s pages on addiction science. While marijuana is not physically addictive like alcohol or heroin, it can be psychologically addictive.
Scientists call the psychological addiction to marijuana a “cannabis dependence disorder”. For some people, marijuana may be a harmless indulgence. Recreational Marijuana Changes in state laws mean marijuana is available to more people, both for medical reasons and recreational use. But whether you use it legally or illegally, it’s possible to.
Long-term use of marijuana has been proven to have addictive potential. In most cases, first-time users will not become addicted and even occasional users who smoke pot recreationally may not become addicted to the drug. However, daily, long-term use of marijuana can lead to addiction and many other harmful effects. About 1 in 10 people who use pot will become addicted. That means you can’t stop using it even if it harms your relationships, job, health, or finances.
The risk is greater the younger you start. Although pot use does not spark a physical addiction, withdrawal symptoms from the substance can definitely be physical. More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real.
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|from A-level Chemistry|
|from Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia|
|from Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America|
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|from Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation|
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|from Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed: A Judicial Indictment Of War On Drugs|
|from Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence|
|from Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions Australian & New Zealand Edition eBook|