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Cannabis Use Disorder Is Real

Recent research* is showing that cannabis use disorder can develop in about 20 percent of users. With marijuana products being more easily available due to legalization, it’s more important than ever to understand problem use.

Warning Signs of Problem Use

If you think you or someone you know may be developing a cannabis problem, there are some warning signs you can look out for:

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

Marijuana Use Disorder

Some people don't know that cannabis is addictive, but marijuana use disorder is very real. Some people who use marijuana will develop Marijuana Use Disorder, meaning that they are unable to stop using marijuana even though it's causing health and social problems in their lives.

  • One study estimated that approximately 3 in 10 people who use marijuana have Marijuana Use Disorder.
  • A 2023 study found that over one-fifth of people who use cannabis struggle with dependence or problematic use.
  • Another study estimated that people who use cannabis have about a 10% likelihood of becoming addicted.
  • The risk of developing Marijuana Use Disorder is greater in people who start using marijuana during youth or adolescence, and who use marijuana more frequently.

If you or someone you know needs support with a cannabis problem, or another drug problem, call the hotline.

You can find out about services to help stop using marijuana and other resources in your community.


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