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Marijuana

Can You Get Addicted to Marijuana?

Yes, marijuana is addictive. A user may feel the urge to smoke marijuana again and again to re-create the “high.” Repeated use could lead to addiction—which means the person has trouble controlling their drug use and often cannot stop even though they want to.

It is estimated that about 1 in 6 people who start using as a teen, and 25% to 50% percent of those who use it every day, become addicted to marijuana. What causes one person to become addicted to marijuana and another not to depends on many factors—including your family history (genetics), the age you start using, whether you also use other drugs, your family and friend relationships, and success in school (environment).

People who use marijuana may also feel withdrawal when they stop using the drug. Withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Irritability
  • Sleeplessness
  • Lack of appetite, which can lead to weight loss
  • Anxiety
  • Drug cravings

These effects can last for several days to a few weeks after drug use is stopped. Relapse (returning to the drug after you’ve quit) is common during this period because people also crave the drug to relieve these symptoms.