Can you get addicted to marijuana?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-18-2013
Can you get addicted to marijuana?
Sun, 05-05-2013 - 11:45am

Can you get addicted to marijuana like you do cigarettes or alcohol?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 9:59am

That is a good question especially with it coming up for legalization in several states. I was browsing around and saw your question so I decided to google it. I found sources that stated you cannot get addicted and sources that say you can.

It seems like common sense would tell you that you can get addicted to anything after prolonged use so I personally would lean towards yes you can.

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Registered: 09-14-1997
Fri, 05-10-2013 - 3:59pm

Great question

There are different types of addiction. The true chemical addiction, in which the body needs the chemical after a period of time, the kind that results in physical withdrawal is one addiction. The other is a more psychological addiction and doesn't result in physical withdrawal. I can get that second kind of addiction from ANYTHING. 

Marijuana, I believe, may not cause physical addiction, but probably can cause the other in people like me.