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A 29-year-old member asked:

How addictive is marijuana?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Depends: An addiction is a brain disease. It causes a person to engage in behaviors which may lead to dire consequences. The person knows that but engages in the behavior anyway, because they are addicted. It is all about the consequences. Is a person missing work or school or spending too much money or getting in trouble with the law? Cannabis use can lead to addiction, especially with regular use.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Mild, but...: Coffee has a more severe withdrawal syndrome than marijuana, but no one has problems quitting coffee. A really harmful addiction is one in which a person craves the drug (activity, videogame, etc.) and pursues it despite knowing its very high personal cost; 1 person in 10 cannot stop drinking alcohol though it's easy for the rest of us. Stoners who lose their weed supply seldom grow desperate.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it true that marijuana isn't addictive?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kamel Sadek
Family Medicine 26 years experience
No: Marijuana use can be addictive and usually depends on years of use and amount used at each time it is smoked. It has similar addictive properties to tobacco use but it is considered less addictive than tobacco users. The smoke from mairjuana contains similar toxic substance to tobacco. Overall, we can say that marijuana is less addictive than cigarettes smoking.
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