Is marijuana addictive

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Answer:In order to answer this question, we first need a definition of the word, "Addicted". Not too long ago, an addictive substance was something that, when taken long enough, produced gross physiological changes in the way the body worked, so that normal operation of the body was impossible without that substance being ingested. And as the substance must, by definition, form a tolerance, higher and higher dosages (up to a point) were needed. This is the definition of "addictive" I'm going to use for this explanation. Addictive is not the same as "habituating". Habituatingsubstances, using this definition, are things you crave, may even come to need, but do not create a gross physiological change in the way your body works (trace neurological and neuro-chemical changes can and do happen but, they're quite minor, and they aren't always substance-related: stroking a pet for instance, can cause such trace effects).

In the cases of alcohol and barbiturates, the addiction, in the sense I describe, is very strong. Stopping these drugs suddenly for extreme addictions usually will require hospitalization, additional medication to treat symptoms of withdrawal and, especially, in the case of barbiturates, may result in death. Lesser addictions like heroin or opiates can also cause withdrawal syndromes, although not as strongly as ethanol or barbiturates, and opiate withdrawal is not fatal (barring the existence of other factors).

The active ingredient in Cannabis Sativa is THC (Delta-1-Tetrahydrocannibinol). THC is active in very low dosages. Therapeutic THC is typically delivered 5mg T.I.D. (three times a day). As addiction in the sense I mean it is a gross process, tiny dosages typically don't generate the large-scale physiological changes a true addiction needs to get revved up (neurological yes; physio no). So most people, scientists and street-users, think of marijuana as non-addictive. A recent study at Columbia University offers potentially contradictory evidence, but it's still only one study and not accepted as universal fact at this time. As such, if you say THC is not clinically addictive, most of the world will agree with you.

Can marijuana be habituating? Absolutely -- but not universally. Just as some people definitely use Marijuana in a manner that can only be described as a habit, some have used marijuana for years but not in a habitual pattern. While the same can be said for alcohol, it seems that alcoholics really do set up a regular pattern of extensive use that I personally don't see nearly as frequently in marijuana users.

In cases of marijuana habituation, I think the causal factors are obscure. With addictive drugs, we can see clear, obvious, repeatable effects in terms of addiction. With marijuana, we see far less predictable results. And why these results are not as predictable is not clear.

The basic fact is that most marijuana uses (maybe all marijuana users) do not display signs of addiction (as defined above).
Summary of previous responses:Many note anecdotal evidence gathered by their own personal use. While this doesn't carry the weight of clinical trials, it also cannot be discounted. Many users reporting here mention what -- based on my definitions above -- would be described as habituation, both mild or strong. Many indicate it's a part of their daily life. None list physiological symptoms caused by withdrawal.

Some mention that people enter rehabilitation, calming marijuana addiction. I would counter by saying that rehabilitation is a cure for a myriad of problems; not just pure addictions, and typically refers to holistic lifestyle change as the solution; not simply breaking the addiction/habituation. So entering rehab in order to address life problems related to marijuana usage is not proof that marijuana is addictive.

Some indicate that they feel THC is addictive when used by those with an "addictive personality". I would counter by saying that, without symptoms of withdrawal syndrome, genetic predisposition for addiction (which is most often used in a context describing a behavioral symptom set rather than a physiological one), does not come into play. No physiological withdrawal symptoms; no addiction.

Some indicate correctly that Cannaibis does not contain nicotine (true), which therefore means it's non-addictive. This syllogism is untrue in that the lack of nicotine only means there's no nicotine addiction in play. This contributor closes by saying THC is non-addictive, which seems to be the general feeling in the scientific community at this time.

It's not physically addicitive in the same way that nicotine is but is psychologically addictive. Modern Marijuana - aka skunk contains much higher levels of Tetra Hydro Cannabinol than the stuff that was around in the 60s/70s.
Anyone smoking this stuff should be very careful.
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What is the addictive ingredient in marijuana?

Marijuana is not physically addictive, and their for it does not contain an "addictive ingredient"

Cannabis is an addictive drug true or false?

false. Marijuana is psychologically addictive. There is not a addictive substance in marijuana

What in the marijuana make it addictive?

Marijuana is generally considered non-chemically addictive.

What is the most addictive marijuana strain?

No strain of marijuana has any addictive properties. Marijuana is used to treat addiction.

Is marijuana additive?

No Marijuana has no addictive properties.

Can you become physically addicted to marijuana?

Marijuana is not addictive.

Is marijuana more addictive than alcohol?

No alcohol is one of the most addictive substance, marijuana is not even close of been addictive compared to alcohol.

Can Marijuana psychologically addictive?

Anything can become psychologically addictive.

Is marijuana a addictive?

NO it isnt

How can people tell that marijuana is addicted?

There is nothing in Marijuana that is addictive. In other products like cigarettes there is nicotine, but in marijuana there is no addictive properties. Also there is no withdrawals when you stop using marijuana.

What is more addictive tobacco or marijuana?

Tobacco is much, much more addictive than marijuana. The active ingredient in tobacco (nicotine) is physically addictive (meaning, there are physical withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking). The active ingredient in marijuana (THC) is NOT physically addictive.Furthermore, many studies have shown that nicotine is at least as addictive, if not more addictive, than heroin. The same cannot be said of marijuana.

How long do marijuana withdrawals last?

there is no such thing, marijuana is not addictive

Is cigarette really addictive?

Tobacco cigarettes are very addictive. Marijuana cigarettes are less addictive.

How is the addiction to marijuana treated?

There is no addiction to marijuana, it doesn't have nicotine or any other addictive propertiesANSWER:Marijuana has been shown to be addictive, and it can be psychologically, if not physically, addictive in certain personalities. Addictions can be treated with medical and psychological help.

How is marijuana addictive?

Marijuana has been scientifically said that marijuana is a non-addicting drug..

Why is marijuana not addictive?

While marijuana isn't considered to be physically addictive such as substances like alcohol and opiates psychological addiction can occur.

What makes your body want marijuana?

Nothing, Marijuana is non-addictive.

Can you get hooked on marijuana?

Many people believe that marijuana is addictive but the truth is. Is that it is NOT ADDICTIVE. There are no addictive properties in marijuana. Marijuana is a completely natural supplement. People that say that their addicted to marijuana have one of two thing. (or both). `1. they have an addictive personality. (meaning they consume there body with what makes them feel good inside. example: marijuana..) 2. They have low will power.,, So yep that pretty much it. I hope i answered your question fully to your benefit! :)

What the main addictive chemical in marijuana?

The mentally addictive chemical in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which releases the pleasure receptors in your brain (making you "high")

What is in marijuana that makes it addictive?

Marijuana has no actual physical addiction. The addiction is psychological.

How many kids are addicted to marijuana?

0.Marijuana is a non-addictive substance.

What chemical in marijuana gets you high and can be addictive?

the chemical which gets you high is THC .. no it is not addictive ...

How long does it take to get addicted to marijuana?

marijuana is a non addictive plant. you can not become physicaly addicted to marijuana.

Can you stop marijuana cold turkey?

Yes. Marijuana, as a recreational drug, is not physically addictive.

How do they get addicts off marijuana?

Simple. Marijuana is non-addictive, so they don't have to. Trust me...