Signs, Symptoms of Marijuana Use and Addiction
Marijuana use is common in the United States with 9% of people meeting the criteria of a marijuana use disorder at some time in their life. And while marijuana use has not directly caused death, marijuana use is implicated in deaths with other compounding factors 1 . Signs and symptoms of marijuana use and addiction are important to know if you suspect anyone in your life has a problem with marijuana use. While some signs of marijuana addiction are similar to other drug addictions, some marijuana addiction symptoms are specific to that drug.
Symptoms of Marijuana Use
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug with 14.6 million people reporting marijuana use in the last year. Marijuana use is not related to race or age but more males (10.2%) than females (6.1%) report marijuana use in the last month. (read: marijuana facts and statistics)
Symptoms of marijuana use consist of both the positive feelings of getting “high” as well as some of the negative symptoms (read: positive and negative effects of marijuana). Most noticeable direct symptoms of marijuana use include 2 :
- Relaxation, detachment, decreased anxiety and alertness
- Altered perception of time and space
- Laughter, talkativeness
- Depression, anxiety, panic, paranoia
- Amnesia, confusion, delusions, hallucinations, psychosis
- Short term memory impairment
- Dizziness, lack of coordination and muscle strength
- Decreased concentration
- Slurred speech
Signs of Marijuana Use
While symptoms of marijuana use are caused by the drug directly, signs of marijuana use are secondary effects or behaviors that might be present. Signs of marijuana use include:
- Mood swings from marijuana use to marijuana abstinence
- Anger and irritability, particularly during abstinence
- Signs of smoking like coughing, wheezing, phlegm production, yellowed teeth
- The smell of sweet smoke, attempts to cover smell
- Trouble concentrating
Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction
Marijuana addiction is characterized by a pattern of harmful behavior fueled by the drive for marijuana use. Symptoms of marijuana addiction include not only this pattern of harmful behaviors but also increased intoxication symptoms and typically increased marijuana withdrawal symptoms during marijuana abstinence. Symptoms of marijuana addiction include those of marijuana use as well as:
- Depression, anxiety, panic, fear, paranoia
- Stomach pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Impaired cognitive ability
Signs of Marijuana Addiction
Marijuana addiction, like all drug addictions, is noticeable by the use of marijuana to the exclusion of all else. Compulsive marijuana craving and marijuana seeking behavior is seen. Signs of marijuana addiction also include:
- Frequent chest illness including lung infections
- Frequent illnesses due to a depressed immune system
- “Flashbacks” of drug experiences during abstinence
- Lack of appetite, weight loss during periods of abstinence
- Failure to fulfill major life obligations at work, home or school because of marijuana use
- Marijuana use continues in spite of recurring negative consequences, including legal consequences
- Weed use continues in spite of recurring social or interpersonal problems caused by or made worse by drug use
- Marijuana use in dangerous situations
Signs of marijuana use and symptoms of marijuana addiction are seen by many close to the marijuana user. Marijuana use signs should be addressed to avoid marijuana addiction.
From A Stoner To A Stoner: Why Smoking Too Much Weed Can F*ck Up Your Life
Pot can really f*ck up your life if you smoke it so often and in such large quantities that you are not strengthening, but weakening your connection with the outside world.
Yes, I am high as I am writing this.
This loss of connection is quite possibly the most universal sign a pothead can look for in order to save him or herself from inadvertently becoming numb to the very gift that makes weed so incredibly magical and ultimately necessary in the first place.
Losing your connection with the outside world means not caring about what you see and what happens to you. It is a mental and physical numbness that triggers a loss of regard for the people, responsibilities and potential for growth within your immediate and ever-evolving life.
This experience signifies not only that you are smoking too much weed, but that you are also subconsciously letting it diminish your opportunities to make the most out of life.В Weed will do this to you if you smoke it so much that you basically oversaturate your mental and physical capacity for its contents.
One of the many beauties of marijuana is that everyone reacts differently to it. This is why everyone reaches this stage of oversaturation at different points and through different methods. You could hypothetically refer to this experience as overdosing, keeping in mind that this label mirrors only one half of the wordвЂ™s traditional, yet ambiguous definition. While what I am referring to as oversaturation does imply that the given substance is taken in excess, it does not also include a specific, biological malfunction that can only be neutralized by unnatural medicine.
ItвЂ™s perfectly all right to smoke weed to escape the stress-filled mental state, but this escape is not meant to cripple your goals or social life.
When youвЂ™re too high to maintain your core values and contribute to your own personal evolution, you have smoked too much weed. Weed is supposed to make you embrace life, not get through it as fast and painlessly as possible.
When you have attained oversaturation, you arenвЂ™t just escaping the stress that comes with life, but attempting to escape the entirety of life in itself.
You have smoked too much weed when you constantly find yourself in a cloudy trance that veils you from the desire to actively engage in your own personal development and cultivation. This dazed, almost hypnotic trance is a sensation-less sensation, a state of numbness and unresponsiveness that makes the participation and enthusiasm required for self-cultivation and celebrating its wonders seem like feats of unnecessary and unattainable effort.
You donвЂ™t want to try, you donвЂ™t want to care; youвЂ™d just rather sit there and wait for things to fall into place.
And the scariest part is: it feels good. It feels good because youвЂ™re so numb itвЂ™s as if nothing is affecting you, when itвЂ™s really having such a heavy effect on you that you grow more and more oblivious to whatвЂ™s actually happening. The outside world becomes immaterial and meaningless, thus provoking you not to care about your role in it. This neglect of well-being and control is what the oversaturated pothead tends to mistake for freedom.
I donвЂ™t think I have to list all of the physical side-effects but the most common include lethargy, lots and lots of staring at a television, decreased responses to texts, much more painful work days, and the dwindling of social relationships, personal hygiene and whatever love life there once was.
As a result of this transformation, sh*t just doesnвЂ™t go your way anymore.
There are many ways to achieve a state of this nature but sadly, one of the easiest yet least documented in legitimacy is unquestionably an overabundance of excessive pot use.
Let it be known that вЂњoverabundanceвЂќ was added simply because the utter euphoria, let alone the idea of what is universally known as excessive pot use is something no pothead can ever denounce entirely. ItвЂ™s clearly okay to smoke a ton of weed at certain points of life because history has shown us that if taken full advantage of at exactly the right time, excessive usage can in fact result in immense success of all kinds.
But most would agree that the universe just doesnвЂ™t offer us enough of these opportunities to indulge in this manner, therefore an overabundance of excessive pot use is unnecessary and in turn, rather harmful.
To precisely define a specific pot-induced feeling is obviously pretty difficult, but the comparison that seems to best get the point across involves being so ridiculously wrecked that you feel like youвЂ™re on something far stronger than olвЂ™ faithful.
If youвЂ™ve ever taken a strong painkiller that makes you space out to the point where the world around you feels like a movie unfolding before your eyes, youвЂ™re familiar with the feeling.
Only this time, it doesnвЂ™t just last for a few hours. YouвЂ™ve managed to smoke so much and so often that your version of вЂњsoberвЂќ has become a non-smokerвЂ™s idea of what they feel like when they wake up in the middle of the night on ambient.
I hope youвЂ™re not crying if you fit the aforementioned descriptions because there truly is a light the end of this dark tunnel of an SSA (Stoner Service Announcement).
There is good news and great news. The good news is that you donвЂ™t have to stop smoking pot upon oversaturation; you just have to smoke it significantly less.
While this will most definitely be a tough regimen to get used to, I guarantee itвЂ™s worth every anxious moment of it as it wonвЂ™t be long before youвЂ™ll have re-created the indescribable awe that engulfed your senses when you first started smoking pot. Well, maybe it wonвЂ™t be just like the very first time, but it should at least make you understand what a healthy high should feel like and most importantly, make you aware of the shockingly uncomplicated changes you need to make to get your life back in order.
Whether youвЂ™ve never experienced oversaturation before or are well within its grasp, please let it be known that weed can really, really f*ck up your life if you abuse it like so. Pot may be the closest thing to divinity many of us have ever experienced. This, however, does not mean it is not subjected to the darkness within human nature. It needs to be used wisely and treated with respect. DonвЂ™t fool around with pot like a two dollar hooker. Take only what is right for the situation and make sure it always maintains its taste.
Pot can really f*ck up your life if you smoke it so often and in such large quantities that you are not strengthening, but weakening your connection with the outside world. Yes, I am high as I am writing this. This loss of connection is quiteвЂ¦