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Addiction (Marijuana or Cannabis Use Disorder)

Marijuana or Cannabis use disorder is the continued use of the substance despite the harmful impacts its causing in ones life. In these cases it is very difficult for the person to quit, and this is when professional help is needed. Those with marijuana use disorder may also have difficulties in learning, memory, and attention. Due to an increased tolerance, some people find themselves needing to use stronger concentrations of marijuana to feel its effects. Other methods of use such as by vaping or dabbing may deliver even higher doses of Tetrahydrocannabinol, higher doses have stronger impact on the brain. More research needs to be done in order to fully understand the consequences of how stronger THC affects the brain.

Signs of Marijuana Use Disorder

  • Using more marijuana than intended
  • Trying but failing to quit using marijuana
  • Spending a lot of time using marijuana
  • Craving marijuana
  • Using marijuana even though it causes problems at home, school, or work
  • Continuing to use marijuana despite social or relationship problems.
  • Giving up important activities with friends and family in favor of using marijuana.
  • Using marijuana in high-risk situations, such as while driving a car.
  • Continuing to use marijuana despite physical or psychological problems.
  • Needing to use more marijuana to get the same high.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when stopping marijuana use.

Knowing the risks associated with using marijuana is important, and in some cases can be life saving. If you are struggling with marijuana use disorder or know someone who is, reach out to your health care provider for professional treatment and quit options.



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