signs of marijuana addiction

When to Stop the Pot: Signs of Marijuana Addiction

Last updated on August 7th, 2019 at 08:09 am

Even though marijuana remains illegal in most parts of the country, there still are many Americans who are using it today.

Studies have shown that more than 50 percent of people have smoked marijuana at least once in their lives. And over 20 percent of them use it on a regular basis as of right now.

If you use marijuana every day, you might be under the impression that you’re just doing what everyone else is doing. But there are signs of marijuana addiction that might indicate otherwise.

Despite what you may have heard in the past, marijuana addiction is real, and it’s something that affects millions of people every year. Those who suffer from it have a hard time functioning without the drug.

Interested to find out more? Here are 10 surefire signs of marijuana addiction.

1. You Use Marijuana Almost Every Day

How often are you using marijuana as of right now?

If you’re only lighting up once every so often or even once every few days, you probably don’t have a marijuana addiction necessarily. You aren’t allowing the drug to consume you and take over your life.

But if you use it almost every day or multiple times a day, there could be a bigger problem at play, especially if you feel a sense of need for the drug. This is one of the most common signs of marijuana addiction.

To see if you’re actually addicted to this drug, you should try not to smoke marijuana for a day or two and see how you feel. If you find that you have a hard time functioning normally without it, there’s a good chance that you could be dealing with an addiction.

2. You Rely on Marijuana to Help You Escape from Your Problems

People use marijuana for all kinds of different reasons. Some use it to help them relax after a long day at work, while others rely on it to relieve medical issues that cause them pain.

Why do you use it?

If you rely on marijuana to help you to escape from the problems you face in life, that could be the sign of an issue. You shouldn’t have to rely on it or any substance for that matter to get away from your problems.

At least, you shouldn’t have to rely on marijuana all the time. If you find yourself doing it, examine why that is and try to find solutions to the problems in your life instead of abusing marijuana.

3. You Need to Increase the Amount of Marijuana You Use to Get the Same High

When you first start using marijuana, you don’t have to use very much of it to feel high. You may only need a couple puffs.

Over time, your body starts to become more and more acclimated to using a certain amount of weed. When that happens, your tolerance level for marijuana will go way up, and you’ll need more of it to get the feeling you’re after.

If you’ve had to up the amount of marijuana you use to get high, that is likely an issue. You may be using entirely too much of the drug at the moment.

This pattern is unlikely to stop, and soon, you might be paying a fortune to satisfy your cravings. Try to quit while you’re ahead with the help of professionals so that you don’t end up going through more serious problems.

4. Use More Marijuana Than You’ve Planned to

Do you ever tell yourself that you’re going to take a couple puffs and then stop, only to find yourself taking a dozen puffs?

Some marijuana users simply can’t stop once they start smoking. Even if they tell themselves that they’re only going to use it for a few minutes, they’ll end up spending an hour or more smoking the drug.

Keep tabs on how often you plan to use marijuana versus how often you actually use it. If you find that you’re using it for a lot longer than you plan to do it, it could be yet another one of the signs of marijuana addiction.

Make a stronger effort to cut back on your smoking habit. If you can’t do it, get professional help for your problem.

5. You Spend Too Much Time Using Marijuana

Maybe you don’t try to convince yourself that you’re only going to take one or two puffs of marijuana and then leave it alone. Maybe you fully commit to spending at least a few hours at a time smoking weed and don’t feel bad about it.

You might be just fine with this, but you could be putting your body through hell. You could eventually be forced to deal with physical problems like:

  • Chronic lung conditions
  • Increased risk of heart attack
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Orthostatic hypotension

You could also hurt yourself in a bunch of other ways. For example, when you’re spending all day smoking marijuana, you’re probably not pursuing professional opportunities or studying as hard as you could for school.

Spending too much time smoking marijuana is definitely one of the biggest signs of weed addiction. It’s a telltale sign for many of the people who ask themselves, “Am I addicted to weed?”

6. You Aren’t Interested in Doing Anything Except Using Marijuana

Before you started using marijuana all the time, what were some of the things that you enjoyed doing on a regular basis?

Maybe you liked playing sports like basketball and football. Perhaps you enjoyed working out and keeping yourself in shape. Or maybe you were the type of person who had a flourishing social life and was always at the mall or the movies with friends.

But now that you’re using marijuana constantly, you might not be interested in doing any of those things anymore. You might not have the motivation to get out there into the world to do the things that used to make you happy.

That can be detrimental to your physical health. It can also affect your mental health and wreak havoc on your social life.

Before you know it, you won’t have strong relationships with those around you. Soon, you’ll be spending the majority of your time either alone or hanging out solely with those who, like you, enjoy using marijuana.

That is no way to live, and it’s an indication that you’ve allowed your addiction to spiral out of control. If you can’t remember the last time you went out and did something fun, you probably have a problem with marijuana consumption.

7. Your Professional Life is Affected by Your Marijuana Use

There are some professions in which you can enjoy great success if you’re a marijuana aficionado. If, for example, you’re a singer or a songwriter, you can get by just fine despite using marijuana regularly.

But most professions don’t work this way. You’re probably not going to get to the top of your field as an accountant or a lawyer if you’re spending hours and hours every day using marijuana.

If you’re having a tough time advancing in your career and you’re using marijuana more often than most other professionals you know, your addiction could be holding you back. It could be preventing you from achieving the success you desire.

Marijuana could also be making you less motivated than you’d be without it, and it could be stopping you from seeing your professional dreams come true. There are a lot of people who suffer from a lack of motivation because of their addiction.

If you’re not as motivated as you used to be and you’re smoking marijuana more often than before, there could be a very real connection between the two. It’s time to reevaluate your priorities and see if you’re spending too much time focused on the drug.

8. You Can’t Have Fun Without Using Marijuana

Can you go to a party, hang out with your friends, and have a great time without using marijuana or some other substance?

If you’re currently wondering why you’d even try to do that, it could be one of the signs of marijuana addiction. Those who are addicted to this drug will often have a difficult time having fun when they’re not under its influence.

The next time you’re at a party with friends, try to not use marijuana for once and see if it affects how much fun you have. If you spend the entire party wishing you had weed, that’s a problem.

9. You Skip Out on Attending Marijuana-Less Events

Do you decide whether or not to attend certain events based on whether or not they’ll offer you the chance to use marijuana?

We already spoke about people going to parties and having a hard time enjoying themselves without weed. But there are other people who can’t go anywhere without using marijuana first and then potentially using it again once they arrive.

If you’ve ever turned down an invitation to a wedding, graduation, or even something as simple as a night out at the movies simply because you knew you wouldn’t be able to smoke weed, there is something wrong with that picture.

The first question you ask when you get invited somewhere shouldn’t be, “Will I be able to smoke while I’m there?” If it is, you have formed an unhealthy relationship with weed and you’re relying on it entirely too much.

You should have yourself evaluated for the possibility of marijuana addiction.

10. You Wish You Could Use Marijuana Less Often

There are some marijuana users who secretly (and some not so secretly) wish that they didn’t have to use marijuana as often as they do right now. They no longer enjoy the feeling that they get when they use it, and they wish they could put the drug down forever and move on to the next phase in their life.

Unfortunately, marijuana has a hold on some of these people and won’t allow them to focus on anything else. When they’re not using it, they’re forced to think about it all the time until they start using it again.

Have you ever encountered this feeling where you wish you could stop using the drug but you simply can’t do it? If so, you shouldn’t just brush it off and hope that it goes away once and for all.

It’s likely going to continue to haunt you until you reach out and get help for what appears to be an addiction. And the problem is only going to get worse for you before it gets better.

Take a step back and ask yourself if marijuana addiction is something that’s affecting you. If it is, there are places you can turn to for help to kick your weed habit to the curb.

Look Out For These Signs of Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana addiction isn’t usually quite as bad as some of the other forms of drug addiction. It won’t necessarily change your appearance and ruin your life like, say, heroin addiction would.

But that doesn’t mean you should treat it any differently than you’d do with any other drug. Keep your eyes peeled for signs of marijuana addiction and seek treatment if you feel as though you need it.

You can go through treatment and therapy for addiction, and come out on the other side a better person. You can also get a better grip on what caused the addiction to take hold and figure out how you can stop it from taking over your life.

Does this sound like something that could improve your life? Get in touch with us today to hear more about your treatment options.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPA

Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPADr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished and internationally recognized expert in the field of addiction. He has earned diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.