Experimentation with marijuana and tobacco use is relatively common, but using it regularly–to the point that it impacts work performance, social skills, and general conduct–is a sign of an underlying educational, physical, family, or mental health problem. Marijuana can intensify the effects of other drugs present in a person’s system. Although legislation regarding marijuana continues to change its legal status, the drug’s addictive potential has not changed. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that approximately 1 in 10 people who use marijuana will become addicted. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 43.5 million Americans aged 12 and older used marijuana in 2017, 10% of whom had an identifiable marijuana use disorder.
Here’s what you need to know about marijuana addiction and how it can be treated.