Is Marijuana an Addictive Substance?

There are plenty of disputes over whether marijuana is an addictive substance. Science will tell you one thing, but the media is quick to tell you otherwise. OpenStrain breaks down why cannabis is not an addictive substance and what the real problem with addiction is.


“Scientifically, marijuana is not addictive. There are no chemical hooks in marijuana that make your body dependent on cannabis. However, just like anything in the world, it is possible to become psychologically dependent on marijuana.

Psychological dependence is a form of dependence that revolves around emotional-motivational withdrawal symptoms. Psychologically-dependent individuals may feel uneasy, dissatisfied, or have a reduced capacity to experience pleasure or anxiety upon the suspension of certain behavior or drug use.”

But what causes psychological dependence?

“During the Vietnam War, nearly 40% of servicemen had tried heroine and 20% were addicted. Returning from the war, only 5% of the initial 20% became re-addicted to heroine…”

You can read the full article here on the OpenStrain website.


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