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Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a psychoactive drug often used for recreational and medicinal purposes. While many people use marijuana responsibly without experiencing negative consequences, it’s crucial to recognize that some individuals may develop problematic usage patterns, leading to marijuana addiction or dependency.

Individuals with mental health disorders and those who are prone to addictions should entirely abstain from its use. Also, if someone struggles with an impulse control disorder, it is advisable to avoid marijuana.

Addiction And Dependence Take Their Toll

While the risk of physical addiction is lower than with some other substances, psychological dependence can develop. Any form of dependency is unhealthy and indicates that intervention is necessary. Withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, insomnia, loss of appetite, and anxiety can occur.

The Effects Of Marijuana On Users:

Short-Term Effects:

  1. Feelings of euphoria and relaxation
  2. Altered perception of time and space
  3. Increased appetite (“munchies”)
  4. Impaired memory
  5. Concentration problems

Long-Term Effects:

  1. Possible impact on cognitive functioning, especially with heavy and prolonged use during adolescence
  2. Respiratory problems due to smoking
  3. Dependence and addiction

Why People Use Marijuana:

There are various reasons why people use marijuana, which can lead to addiction.

  • Recreational use: Many people use marijuana for its psychoactive effects, such as relaxation, euphoria, and altered perception.
  • Medicinal purposes: Some people use marijuana for potential therapeutic benefits, such as pain management, nausea control, and certain medical conditions.
  • Social and cultural factors: Peer influence, societal acceptance, and cultural norms can encourage marijuana use.

Coping mechanism: Some individuals use marijuana to cope with stress, anxiety, or other emotional issues.

Identifying Marijuana Users:

A marijuana addict can manifest through the following signs indicating its use.

Behavioural changes:

  • Increasing secrecy about activities
  • Changes in social circles or isolation from friends and family
  • Neglect of responsibilities and a decline in academic or work performance

Physical signs and changes:

  • Red eyes
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Decreased coordination

Psychological, mental, and emotional signs:

  • Mood swings
  • Lack of motivation
  • Memory and concentration problems


We’ll be honest: overcoming addiction isn’t a stroll through the park. However, our multifaceted programme assures you of optimal guidance and support throughout your recovery. We specialize in various forms of psychological treatment, namely Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Trust is what keeps our team and community together. We are ardently focused on helping you achieve a realistic reintegration into your original environment and community. For that, we need you to act. Only talking doesn’t cut it. Re-integration requires commitment, effort, and hard work. If you’re up for it, we promise to support you in every way we can.

“Action is key. Nobody talks themselves into addiction, and we cannot simply talk our way out of it.”