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What Is Cannabis Use Disorder?

Cannabis use disorder is a condition that develops over time, it happens when the person is not able to stop using cannabis despite the negative consequences cannabis has on their life. The CDC said that in one study it was estimated that 3 in 10 people who use cannabis have this condition. In another study estimates suggest that people who use cannabis have a 10% likelihood of becoming addicted. The risk of cannabis addiction is higher in those who start using cannabis as youths. It is important to note that Cannabis Use Disorder is caused when using cannabis creates problems for the user, affecting their social life and responsibilities.

Signs And Symptoms Of Cannabis Use Disorder

Experiencing at least two of the listed symptoms below within a 12 month period can raise concern for cannabis use disorder. These symptoms are:

  • Continuing to use cannabis despite physical or psychological problems
  • Continuing to use cannabis despite social or relationship problems
  • Craving cannabis
  • Difficulty controlling or cutting down cannabis use
  • Giving up or reducing other activities in favor of cannabis use
  • Problems at work, school, and home as a result of cannabis use
  • Spending a lot of time on cannabis use
  • Taking cannabis in high-risk situations
  • Taking more cannabis than was intended
  • Tolerance to cannabis
  • Withdrawal when discontinuing cannabis

It is also important to note that studies suggest cannabis is addictive regardless of the common misconception that it is not.

A healthcare provider will be able to diagnose cannabis use disorder. Treatment for cannabis use disorder will be determined by the doctor, treatments may vary depending on the person and the severity of their condition. At this time there are no medications to treat cannabis use disorder, however certain therapies are used as treatment and are effective.



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