Many of us use marijuana as a casual or recreational thing. We might even use marijuana medicinally. There are so many benefits associated with using cannabis, and everyone knows I’m a total advocate for marijuana use. But what about marijuana addiction? Is it a real thing? Is it a danger for anyone who smokes marijuana or uses it in any way?
Marijuana is not physically addictive. We know that. If you start taking benzodiazepines like Xanax every day or opiates like hydrocodone, your body will become physically dependent on the substance. This is different from a psychological addiction.
Unfortunately, for some, marijuana can be very psychologically addictive. If you feel like you have to smoke pot every single day and you can’t do anything unless you’re stoned, you may have a psychological addiction to marijuana and you may need help.
You should also keep in mind, though, that other things that are fine in moderation can also be destructive when people develop a psychological addiction. People can become addicted to the internet, pornography, exercise, Candy Crush, social media, shopping, food, etc. All of these things are fine if used sparingly, and some of them are even healthy. But they can quickly turn into destructive habits.
Marijuana addiction is no different from internet addiction or addiction to food. If you find yourself addicted to marijuana, there are plenty of resources that you can turn to for help. The important thing, though, is that you get back to having a healthy relationship with marijuana. This doesn’t mean that you have to stop using marijuana completely.
You may have to stop using it for a while to get your head back together, but the root of addiction is usually a bigger problem. Maybe you are feeling insecure. Maybe you have some painful trauma in your past that you haven’t dealt with.
I believe marijuana can be an integral part of your daily health. However, it’s essential that you learn how to have a healthy relationship with marijuana.