Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on April 12, 2021.
While marijuana doesn't have the same addictive properties as many other drugs, its use still comes with risks. The side effects and symptoms of marijuana use can make it challenging to go about a daily routine, and users can develop dependence over time.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has a marijuana addiction, learn the signs so you know when to get help.
When a person smokes marijuana, the substance works its way into the bloodstream and causes immediate symptoms you can physically see. If you notice the following side effects in a loved one often, they may be dependent on marijuana:
Marijuana does more than impair the body physically. Repeated marijuana use can also impact the brain. The "high" feeling users get from marijuana comes from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Exposure to THC can cause psychological issues, like:
Marijuana addiction has lasting effects on an individual's body, mind and actions. With the frequent use of marijuana, a person's behavior can completely change. As with any other drug, a person struggling with cannabis use disorder puts their substance first at the expense of other aspects of day-to-day life. They may feel unable to relax without the drug. Over time, they develop a tolerance, needing more and more marijuana to feel the same results.
This addiction can cause a series of changes in how they treat their family and friends and conduct themselves throughout the day. Behavioral changes include:
If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, it might be time to seek help. Diamond House Detox is a treatment facility that caters to those who struggle with substance use, including cannabis use disorder. With individualized treatment and aftercare plans, we support our clients in achieving a full recovery.
Contact us today to learn more about our programs.