Can you get addicted to cannabis (weed)?

It's a common question. Find out how to tell if you're dependent on cannabis and what to do if you want to make a change.

So, can I become addicted to cannabis?

Yes, you can.

Roughly 10% of people who use cannabis become physically addicted to it.

You’re more likely to get addicted if you start using it in your teens and you use it every day.

It’s also possible to become psychologically dependent on cannabis.

If you use cannabis to relax and get to sleep, for example, you may find that it becomes difficult to relax and get to sleep without it.

How can I tell if I’m addicted?

You may be addicted to or psychologically dependent on cannabis if you’ve had three or more of these symptoms in the last year:

  • you've tried to cut down or stop, but haven’t been able to
  • you’re concerned it’s having a damaging effect on your day-to-day life but you can’t stop
  • you find you’re smoking more to get the same effect
  • you’re starting to lose interest in other things, such as hobbies, family, college or work
  • you get withdrawal symptoms when you don't smoke

What are cannabis withdrawal symptoms?

Cannabis withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • cravings for weed (see how to handle cravings)
  • constantly thinking about cannabis and when you can next use it
  • difficulty sleeping
  • anxiety or low mood
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • changes in your appetite

These symptoms are only temporary and will pass with time.

If you regularly smoke cannabis with tobacco, you’re likely to be addicted to nicotine as well.

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • cravings for tobacco
  • restlessness
  • irritability
  • difficulty sleeping
  • difficulty concentrating

How can I cut down or stop?

The trick is to take small, manageable steps so that you can start to feel more in control.