Is marijuana addictive? It is a common question, and too often people depend on the opinions of friends or other non-objective sources to find their answers. Though it can feel like there are too many different responses to know the truth, the answer to that question needs to be based on research. There are many documented studies demonstrating that marijuana is addictive, and that the chances of developing an addiction increase significantly the earlier and more frequently the drug is used.
Between 2006 and 2015, the rate of marijuana related emergency room visits increased 602% in Los Angeles County, according to the County of Los Angeles Public Health. The report also showed that about 11% of those who experiment with the drug, about 17% of teens who use it, and 50% of people who consume marijuana or marijuana edibles every day will develop an addiction to the drug.1
There are no known cases of death caused by marijuana overdose. However, use of the drug has caused:
- Serious medical injury requiring emergency room care and/or hospitalization, particularly with use of edibles.
- Increased risk of chronic bronchial issues and certain cancers, if smoked.
- Exposure of marijuana to young children who mistakenly eat edibles that look like normal candy or cookies.
- Drugged driving accidents that are deadly.
If you or your loved one in Huntington Park, California, is addicted to marijuana or struggles with some other form of substance abuse, treatment can help. Contact a recovery advisor today to learn more about the types of treatment programs available.
. County of Los Angeles Public Health. (2017). Substance Abuse Prevention and Control