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Marijuana Addiction and Recovery

Marijuana is the most commonly used federally illegal substance in the United States, with around 49.6 million people saying they used it at least once in 2020.1, 2 If you or someone you care about is concerned about marijuana and addiction, this page will give you a greater understanding about marijuana and its effects, common signs and symptoms of marijuana use disorder, and how to find marijuana addiction treatment centers.
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What Is Marijuana?

Marijuana refers to the dried flowers, leaves, buds, and stems that are obtained from the cannabis sativa plant. The leaves, flowers, and buds contain high amounts of a chemical compound called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which produces many of the effects people desire when using marijuana.4, 5

How Addictive Is Marijuana?

Regular marijuana use can become problematic and lead to marijuana use disorder (marijuana addiction).7 Marijuana addiction is a chronic and harmful pattern of substance use where people continue to use marijuana despite knowing that it can negatively impact their lives.7

Effects of Marijuana

People who use marijuana may consume it to feel euphoria, pleasure, or to experience relaxation. These sensations are known as a “high.” People may also use it to deal with pain, sleep problems, or psychological symptoms.9, 10 People may experience various sensations perceived as pleasurable, such as increased sensory perceptions (like seeing brighter colors), frequent bouts of laughter, or an altered sense of time.10

Marijuana Addiction Treatment Near Me

Treatment for marijuana addiction should be personalized and tailored to your unique needs. Many people with marijuana use disorder may have co-occurring psychiatric disorders or are misusing other substances.15 These and any other medical, psychological, social, vocational, or legal problems should be considered before and during rehab for marijuana addiction.16

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