Addiction

Marijuana use can, in some cases, lead to addiction. This means a person can’t control or stop marijuana use even though it interferes with daily life. Youth who begin using marijuana regularly are more likely to become addicted than those who wait until adulthood to use.
 
Signs of marijuana addiction
It’s important to know how to recognize when marijuana use is becoming too much. The cannabis use disorder test outlines characteristics of addiction. The user may:
  • Be stoned or high more than one to two hours per day on a regular basis.
  • Not be able to stop using marijuana once he/she starts.
  • Be stoned often enough that he/she fails to complete big tasks or commitments.
  • Begin to spend a great amount of time focused on buying, using or recovering from marijuana use.
  • Have problems with concentration or memory loss.
  • Begin to take more risks while stoned, such as driving or caring for children.
  • Begin to talk about cutting back on his/her marijuana use.
  • Experience symptoms of withdrawal after not using marijuana for some time.
One of these characteristics on its own may not indicate addiction, but the pattern of behaviors may signal a problem.
 
If you’re working with adolescents, use this screening tool instead.
 
Getting help
If you observe this pattern of behavior in yourself or in someone you love, get help.
  • Learn all you can about marijuana use. Offering support and encouragement to your loved one is essential in finding the help he or she needs.
  • Talk to a health care provider about your concerns.
The right resource at the right time can put you or your loved one on the path to recovery.
  • There’s a network of substance abuse and mental health treatment providers across the state who can support you on the road to well-being. Treatment is known to help those who are addicted.
  • Talk to your or your loved one’s health care provider.
  • Contact your insurance provider to find covered behavioral health services nearby.
 
Treatment resources