Long term effects of marijuana addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

An INFOGRAPHIC on how marijuana addiction starts in the brain. How addictive is weed? And what are its basic effects? LIKE, SHARE, or COMMENT here.

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What is marijuana addiction?

As defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) addiction is: “the chronic, relapsing brain condition that is characterized by compulsive seeking behavior, and use despite being aware of harmful risks and side effects.”

Basically, addiction is the state of being enslaved to a habit, like smoking marijuana, to the extent of experiencing negative effects to health, work, or relationships. While many people deny the physical dependence aspect of weed, withdrawal symptoms have been clinical reported when regular use is discontinued. Withdrawal symptoms from marijuana can occur in long-term and frequent users and make the quitting process more difficult. They include, for example:

Long term effects of marijuana addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • cravings for marijuana
  • loss of appetite
  • sleep problems

Further, marijuana addiction can cause psychological dependence, a less explored phenomenon among regular users.

Has weed changed your behavior?

So, if you or a loved one have realized that you need marijuana just to feel normal, be able to function and face life’s challenges – it may be time to consider getting some help. Especially if frequent or long-term marijuana use has  started to change your personality and behavior.

Also, if you have ever told yourself that you will stop smoking marijuana now, but constantly fail to succeed and keep away from smoking again and again, keep in mind that loosing control over use is one of the first signs of physical and psychological dependence.

Marijuana addiction and its treatment

Although not very common, about 1 in 11 marijuana users becomes addicted, and those are mostly users who use weed daily. If you have tried to quit marijuana use several times already, but go back to smoking again – you need to stop lying to yourself and seek help to stop using weed.

No medication therapy exist currently for treating marijuana dependence, but withdrawal symptoms can be managed separately by using over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies to treat their intensity. Treatment for marijuana addiction usually includes forms of behavioral therapy, such as motivational incentives and learning behavioral patterns that help recovering individuals avoid relapse and stay clean.

Effects of marijuana addiction questions

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About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Im just too soon to die..
    Can i save myself…?
    Im thin…my parents suffering b cozof me…
    I know what is it..how i got to chase away from myself…
    But it does not working..
    My minds not reacting how i think..
    Is this really goin bad..
    Yes..problems r increasing..might i may quit..but again it starts..

    1. Hi Kamaljit. Recovery is possible. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted admission navigator who can help you find a rehab that fits your needs.

  2. I believe I am physically addicted to marijuana for sleep. I take it for restless leg syndrome, but I am dependent on it for any sleep at all. I develop tolerance quickly. If I don’t use pot before be I go to bed not only will I not sleep at all, I am uncomfortably twitchy. When I toss and turn I am air borne. This sounds like physical addiction. It no long puts me to sleep most of the time either, but I get at least a little most nights with it (1-3 hours). I’ve been doing this for 10 years and have finally realized that the brain problems I had from not sleeping are now actually from the pot. My memory and thinking ability during the day when not high are horrible. I take very strong brownies!
    1. What are the herbs, etc one can take to at least make the physical agitation less extreme while I work on bringing down my tolerance and then eliminating pot all together. I am now willing to use Parkinson’s drugs for my restless leg syndrome.
    2. Can this brain disfunction be permanent given how long I’ve been doing this?

  3. I know, that there are people who are inclinable to addiction to cannabinoids from Marijuana and there is some low risk of addiction, and that heavy and long users can sometimes suffer unpleasant abstinence syndrom similar to abstinence from caffeine to niccotine or codein – according to what I read and know from my research. But according to my mentor from Prague addictology, it is about 5% of marijuana users? Are there informations on what groups of people are more able to become addicted?
    Are all these informations serious? I read about possitive effects of marijuana on kidney, in the prevention of diabetic nephropathy and other diseases of kidneys. Isn’t it mistaken for so called synthetic cannabis, results of heavy metals, insecticides, and such things? Was made medical study about it? Is there anywhere something more explanative on the topic of long term use of cannabinoids (they’re also in other plants like echinacea and camellia sinica)from cannabis sp. works in certain areas? These basics I know. How to use it safe?
    I believe in you and I also hope that these sites are serious and not some kind of mistificating propaganda and all doubtful things have a reason. Have a nice day 🙂

    1. Hi Anet. We only use governmental websites as reference sources for all our articles and infographics. I’ve sent them on your email, hope they help you.

  4. Hello, this is more of a question as to how I can sign up to this site or is that not an option? I have found this article useful and I am a daily consumer. I have other addictions also And I think this site would be helpful for me, thanks 🙂

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