Marijuana addiction is listed as an official substance use disorder. Though the addiction type might be argued, there is little debate with those who experience it. Marijuana, though it has many medicinal purposes, can cause a chemical dependency. Without marijuana people find they experience withdrawal symptoms like anxiety inability to sleep, and inability to eat.
…feel very “stoned”, or like you are carrying a dead weight around with you. Everything feels heavier, including your brain. You have a feeling as though you are slowed down.
…feel very “high”, or like you are floating on air. Everything feels much lighter and you feel almost disconnected from the world around you, rather than feeling sunken into it.
…feel surreal, as though you are living in a different version of the world. Sometimes it’s very funny and sometimes it’s very troubling.
…feel pleasurably fine, better than most times, and like nothing could bother you, because while you care about a lot of things, you don’t feel like you could care about a lot of other things.
…experience troubling feelings of depression, pessimism, hopelessness, anxiety, worry, concern, paranoia, or panic
These mood and mental health symptoms of marijuana use are common for recreational users and chronic users. As people use over time, their reactions to marijuana can change. Sometimes what starts as a fun recreational activity can turn quite dark and serious.
Marijuana withdrawal syndrome describes the various effects that detoxing from marijuana can have on someone who has become chemically dependent. Symptoms can include:
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