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Is Marijuana Addictive?

Although marijuana has become a legal drug for recreational and medical use, it still poses health risks and can be easily addictive. The addictive nature of marijuana comes from the psychoactive compound known as THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Not only does THC pose the risk of addiction, but it may also carry the possibility of leading to new mental health disorders or worsening of existing mental health disorders. When THC is consumed it interacts with the brains cannabinoid receptors, which results in the release of dopamine, giving the sense of relaxation and pleasure. The relaxing and euphoric effect can lead to psychological dependance, making it extremely challenging for some individuals with chronic marijuana use to quit using the substance. THC has increased in potency from 1970 to 2017, which may also have an effect on addiction and mental health. It is important to recognize marijuana addiction and seek help from trained professionals.



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