Cannabis and mental health - Cannabis addiction
Is Cannabis addictive?
Yes it can be. You are more likely to become dependent or addicted to cannabis if you have used it for a long time. Or use it everyday. It is estimated that 17% of adult users who started using cannabis in their teens will become addicted. 9% of adult users who started using cannabis in adulthood will become addicted to cannabis.
You may find that your body starts to get used to the drug so you need more of it to get the same effects. This is called building up a tolerance.
If you become dependent or addicted, you may feel withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use cannabis. For example, you might:
- be irritable,
- have mood problems, such as depression and anxiety
- have sleep problems,
- not eat as much as usual,
- be restless, and
- be physically uncomfortable.
These symptoms are most difficult to deal with about a week after non cannabis use. They can last for up to 2 weeks.
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