What is Marijuana Addiction?
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. When consumed, marijuana users experience a strong sense of relaxation and mild euphoria, also known as a “high.” Users also experience increased heart rate, increased appetite, lower blood pressure, and impaired memory.
One of the largest misconceptions about marijuana is that it isn’t addictive. On the contrary, statistics show that 9-10% of users can develop a marijuana addiction—the same addiction rate as alcohol. This is a physical dependence that causes medical problems upon withdrawal. But what about the other 90-91%? They suffer from psychological dependence, which is far subtler and more powerful. Here, an addict doesn’t even realize or admit there is a problem, and continues to use it without regard for their welfare or those around them.
Marijuana has some very real and long-lasting effects on chronic users, most of which involve brain and psychological damage. These include psychosis, depression, societal withdrawal, mood swings, and insomnia. Young users are particularly susceptible, with users aged 13-30 showing increased brain abnormalities and damage that may affect emotions and IQ.