Marijuana use disorder is a clinical diagnosis that characterizes problematic patterns of marijuana use. It can lead to addiction when individuals become psychologically and, to a lesser extent, physically dependent on marijuana. If someone uses cannabis very frequently and then quits, they often report up to two weeks of the following withdrawal symptoms: 

  • Irritability
  • Cravings
  • Restlessness or trouble sleeping
  • Decreased appetite
  • And other forms of physical discomfort

While the physical addiction potential of marijuana is lower than that of substances like opioids or alcohol, psychological dependence can develop, particularly in individuals who use marijuana frequently or heavily. 

It’s important to note that not everyone who uses marijuana will become addicted, but those with a history of substance abuse or mental health issues may be more susceptible. Seeking professional help and support is crucial for those who believe they may have developed an addiction to marijuana.