How to tell if someone has been using marijuana

Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and is an active supervisor, teacher, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital.

How to tell if someone has been using marijuana

If your friend smokes weed and you are concerned that it is a problem, talk to them about it. A clear sign that recreational substances, such as alcohol or marijuana, have become an addiction is when family life, daily activities, and ability to work is impeded, and/or they can’t stop using the substance even though they want to quit.

Is Marijuana Addictive?

Marijuana addiction is uncommon and can only be diagnosed in severe cases. Only a small percentage of users will develop what is known as a marijuana use disorder. The number rises significantly for those who started using weed in their teens, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).   If your friend uses pot occasionally, they likely do not have an addiction to marijuana.

Marijuana Use Disorder

Rather than use the term “addiction,” health professionals prefer the term “marijuana use disorder.” The NIDA estimates that about 30% of marijuana users may have some degree of marijuana use disorder.  

Marijuana Dependence

If your friend frequently uses marijuana and experiences withdrawal symptoms upon stopping the drug, they may be considered to have marijuana dependence. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms are typically mild, peak within the first week after quitting, and may last up to two weeks. Symptoms include:  

  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Decreased appetite
  • Restlessness​

Marijuana Effects on the Adolescent Brain

Research has examined how marijuana affects teens. Some studies suggest that teenagers who use marijuana frequently may experience short-term effects such as problems with memory, learning, coordination, and judgment.  

There are also long-term effects. Some studies suggest an association between regular marijuana use in teens and “altered connectivity and reduced volume of specific brain regions.”     But other studies “have not found significant structural differences between the brains of users and non-users.”  

A large cohort study followed nearly 4,000 young adults over a 25-year period into mid-adulthood. It found that although cumulative lifetime exposure to marijuana is associated with lower verbal memory test scores, exposure did not affect other cognitive abilities like processing speed or executive function.  

Studies have found that frequent use of marijuana as a teenager can be associated with an average IQ loss of eight points that were not recoverable after quitting. However, the same use in adults showed no reduction in IQ. The research data suggests marijuana’s strongest long-term impact is on young users whose brains are still developing.  

Marijuana As a Gateway Drug

Marijuana is not generally considered a “gateway drug” because the majority of weed users do not go on to use harder, addictive substances, including cocaine and heroin. Social environment might be a more critical factor in determining someone’s risk for trying harder drugs.  

If someone is more vulnerable to getting involved with addictive substances, they are more likely to start with substances that are more readily available, such as alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana. People who have social interactions with other substance users are more likely to try other drugs.  

Worldwide, cannabis–also known as weed and marijuana–throws an enormous net that traps more than a hundred million people every year. In the US, it’s about 4.5 million people, and more than 860,000 of these Americans are students in middle school or high school. It is essential to be able to tell when you might lose a family member to addiction to weed.

Weed either can be a long-term habit, or it can lead to the abuse of stronger drugs, depending on the societal pattern in the location it’s being abused. One thing is certain: Despite all the media and articles and proponents for legalization, weed is addictive and creates an impaired condition that can be dangerous. Since weed is abused by so many young people, millions of parents struggle to clearly identify drug problems or addiction in their children. It’s important to be able to detect signs of weed use when they are present.

Marijuana Health Risks:

  • Is Marijuana Addictive?
  • Your Kids and Weed
  • Increased Potency
  • Effects on the Brain

Identifying Marijuana or Weed Consumption

Marijuana or weed can be consumed as a shredded, dry leafy product or as marijuana oil and resin. These last two are sold under the names “hash” or “hashish.” Hash may be found in flat cakes. Hash oil will be amber or brown and may be sold in small glass bottles. When you’re looking for signs of weed use, you would be looking for small bags of brownish-green leaves that look like herbs, small chunks of a powdery brown substance or very small bottles of brown liquid.

Signs of Marijuana Use

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Fast heart rate
  • Sleepy, lethargic
  • Lack of coordination
  • Increase cravings for snacks

Change in Actions:

  • Confusion and lack of focus
  • Unusually talkative
  • Dropping studies or usual activities
  • Misjudging time
  • Secretiveness
  • Pipes
  • Shredded leafy debris
  • Cigarette rolling papers
  • Very small bottles of oil
  • Small metal clips
  • Eyedroppers

Other signs of weed use are paraphernalia left in a person’s room or vehicle. Small pipes, larger complicated water pipes referred to as “bongs,” and cigarette rolling papers or small ends of smoked hand-rolled cigarettes constitute signs of weed use. In states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana use (or nearby states), there may be “edibles” in the form of:

  • Cookies,
  • Brownies,
  • Drinks,
  • Candy bars,
  • Hard candies

If the item is still in the original packaging, it must identify the dosage of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary intoxicating ingredient) expected to exist in that edible item.

Immediate Signs of Weed Use

The most immediate signs of smoking weed are dilation of the blood vessels in the eyes (making them bloodshot), increased heart rate, increased appetite and memory impairment, along with difficulty paying attention or solving problems. But the real reason people abuse the drug is for the euphoria that may last three to six hours.

When monitoring for symptoms of weed use, there may be reactions of anxiety, fear or panic, especially if they are new to the drug or taking it in an unsettling location. Hallucinations, paranoia and delusional behavior can be symptoms of weed use that is very potent, or consumption of a large amount.

More Risks & Effects of Cannabis Abuse

  • Specific Signs
  • Effects of Weed
  • Effects on the Mind
  • Ability to Drive When Abusing

Helping Someone Overcome Addiction to Weed

Feeling that one’s life is just passing one by is a typical symptom of weed use. One person who spent a decade smoking dope said that it was like ten years of his life was just missing. At Narconon recovery centers, the brightness and joy of really living can be recovered after symptoms of weed use have demonstrated abuse or addiction to the drug.

For students in particular, being addicted to weed can be destructive. Weed impairs one’s ability to think, learn and solve problems. To accomplish a good education, one must be bright and perceptive. With a thorough sauna-based detoxification action that restores the brightness and quickness of thinking, plus boosted communication skills and life skills, a person can again create a productive, enjoyable life.

Find out how the holistic, alternative Narconon drug recovery program can help someone you care about who is addicted to weed or any other drug. Call

Now that smoking recreational weed is legal in Canada and many other regions across the globe, there is a whole new group of people who are out there mingling right now, looking for like-minded individuals to chat it up with. It’s hard to be out there on this brand-new scene, freshly released into a society that once scorned marijuana use as if it was somehow evil and criminally motivated. Even though we know that it’s okay for us to be smoking weed everyday if we so choose to, but the stigma keeps many of us shut off and quiet about our preferred drug of choice.

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get, is how exactly do you tell when someone is stoned or has been smoking? Though this sometimes stems from the less secure crowds like angry spouses, bosses, or teachers who harbor a negative view of cannabis, this information can also be helpful to those who are seeking some new friends that they can truly be themselves around, or are trying to keep an eye out for fellow consumers who might not be so experienced and end up over consuming. Regardless of which angle might have brought you here, we hope you enjoy this list of ten ways to tell if someone smokes weed.

1. Check for visual cues

Impaired coordination, red eyes, dilated pupils, and a lack of ability to concentrate are often the first most noticeable visual cues that someone who smokes weed might present. Though some marijuana strains can fine tune the skill of concentrating while peaking levels of creativity, others will make your couch locked, and no matter which type is used the rest of the most common traits that you could watch for still apply.

2. Smell test

Marijuana use comes with the often-annoying side effect of a lingering scent that seems to attach itself to everything. Though some cannabis smells like a skunk with a pungent aroma, others can be milder and enticing like lemon, orange, grape, cherry, or citrus with a hint of that fresh earthy marijuana plant smell. It takes a trained nose, but once you know the smell of pot, it’s easy to pick up on from a few feet away, especially if they smoke it in an enclosed area or don’t change clothes.

3. Other smoking habits

Cannabis consumers are fast outpacing those who still partake in the tobacco market, and those numbers are expected to keep dropping. Anyone willing to inhale other smoke like byproducts like cigarettes, or vape juices is 4 times more likely to use marijuana as well, with tobacco users making up to almost 80% of the total cannabis consumers worldwide.

4. Dizziness or a lack of coordination

THC is a euphoric element that comes highly concentrated in cannabis which can cause problems with a normal recreational weed consumer that has taken just a little bit too much. It can confuse, a lack of a sense of direction, dizziness, nausea, and impaired coordination for up to twelve hours after it’s been ingested.

5. Slow reaction time

Though it is definitely worth noting that there are some pretty incredible athlete who has come out about their success, many of which reached the peak of their fame while smoking weed every day, but it is important to recognize this possible side effect as it can be potentially dangerous if you end up in the wrong situation.

6. Memory problems

Smoking marijuana does not have any long-term memory effects, but it will impact your short-term ones which are mainly noticeable when trying to remember names or dates that are relayed while the person in question is high.

7. Snacking habits

Marijuana use and munchies go hand in hand, and this is one of the few stoner stereotypes that seems to be true. If you find your new friend eating his heart out at a strange time in the day, they just might be stoned.

8. Paraphernalia for smoking weed

If you are smoking weed every day, you’re going to need the proper gear to do so. Keep an eye out for cannabis specific paraphernalia, and leavings like bud grind, roaches, empty baggies, rolling papers, a weed pipe, bon, or dab rig would be a good indication of their opinions on smoking marijuana.

9. Positive changes in attitude or perspective after a short absence

If you have a friend, family member, or new acquaintance who will periodically excuse themselves for a few minutes and leave the vicinity. Only to return with a much more giggly or positive outlook on a situation, then chances are they either smoke cigarettes or cannabis and just took a cool down break to toke and chill.

10. Paranoia or anxiety

Even the most experienced who smoke weed every day and have a higher than average tolerance can over-consume or try out a strain that their bodies react to less positively. The same is true for anyone who already suffers from anxiety disorders. Though some marijuana strains can help to alleviate stressful heart racing fits, others can send a person into a spiral of discomfort that tends to create paranoia and anxiety in the user.

Worldwide, cannabis–also known as weed and marijuana–throws an enormous net that traps more than a hundred million people every year. In the US, it’s about 4.5 million people, and more than 860,000 of these Americans are students in middle school or high school. It is essential to be able to tell when you might lose a family member to addiction to weed.

Weed either can be a long-term habit, or it can lead to the abuse of stronger drugs, depending on the societal pattern in the location it’s being abused. One thing is certain: Despite all the media and articles and proponents for legalization, weed is addictive and creates an impaired condition that can be dangerous. Since weed is abused by so many young people, millions of parents struggle to clearly identify drug problems or addiction in their children. It’s important to be able to detect signs of weed use when they are present.

Marijuana Health Risks:

  • Is Marijuana Addictive?
  • Your Kids and Weed
  • Increased Potency
  • Effects on the Brain

Identifying Marijuana or Weed Consumption

Marijuana or weed can be consumed as a shredded, dry leafy product or as marijuana oil and resin. These last two are sold under the names “hash” or “hashish.” Hash may be found in flat cakes. Hash oil will be amber or brown and may be sold in small glass bottles. When you’re looking for signs of weed use, you would be looking for small bags of brownish-green leaves that look like herbs, small chunks of a powdery brown substance or very small bottles of brown liquid.

Signs of Marijuana Use

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Fast heart rate
  • Sleepy, lethargic
  • Lack of coordination
  • Increase cravings for snacks

Change in Actions:

  • Confusion and lack of focus
  • Unusually talkative
  • Dropping studies or usual activities
  • Misjudging time
  • Secretiveness
  • Pipes
  • Shredded leafy debris
  • Cigarette rolling papers
  • Very small bottles of oil
  • Small metal clips
  • Eyedroppers

Other signs of weed use are paraphernalia left in a person’s room or vehicle. Small pipes, larger complicated water pipes referred to as “bongs,” and cigarette rolling papers or small ends of smoked hand-rolled cigarettes constitute signs of weed use. In states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana use (or nearby states), there may be “edibles” in the form of:

  • Cookies,
  • Brownies,
  • Drinks,
  • Candy bars,
  • Hard candies

If the item is still in the original packaging, it must identify the dosage of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary intoxicating ingredient) expected to exist in that edible item.

Immediate Signs of Weed Use

The most immediate signs of smoking weed are dilation of the blood vessels in the eyes (making them bloodshot), increased heart rate, increased appetite and memory impairment, along with difficulty paying attention or solving problems. But the real reason people abuse the drug is for the euphoria that may last three to six hours.

When monitoring for symptoms of weed use, there may be reactions of anxiety, fear or panic, especially if they are new to the drug or taking it in an unsettling location. Hallucinations, paranoia and delusional behavior can be symptoms of weed use that is very potent, or consumption of a large amount.

More Risks & Effects of Cannabis Abuse

  • Specific Signs
  • Effects of Weed
  • Effects on the Mind
  • Ability to Drive When Abusing

Helping Someone Overcome Addiction to Weed

Feeling that one’s life is just passing one by is a typical symptom of weed use. One person who spent a decade smoking dope said that it was like ten years of his life was just missing. At Narconon recovery centers, the brightness and joy of really living can be recovered after symptoms of weed use have demonstrated abuse or addiction to the drug.

For students in particular, being addicted to weed can be destructive. Weed impairs one’s ability to think, learn and solve problems. To accomplish a good education, one must be bright and perceptive. With a thorough sauna-based detoxification action that restores the brightness and quickness of thinking, plus boosted communication skills and life skills, a person can again create a productive, enjoyable life.

Find out how the holistic, alternative Narconon drug recovery program can help someone you care about who is addicted to weed or any other drug. Call

Laced weed refers to marijuana that’s secretly mixed or contaminated with another substance. Some dealers intentionally lace weed to rip off customers. Others contaminate marijuana in attempts to make it seem more potent.

Weed can be laced with several substances, including:

  • Embalming fluid
  • Glass
  • Laundry detergent
  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • PCP
  • Fentanyl
  • LSD
  • Ketamine

The effects of laced weed vary depending on what the drug is mixed with, how the drug is consumed and several personal factors. Few people know what’s in marijuana bought on the street. Many dealers don’t know exactly what they’re selling.

Signs of Laced Weed

It can be nearly impossible to determine if marijuana is laced with another drug or substance. Different strains of marijuana have different colors. They also have different smells and tastes.

An obviously suspicious color or pungent smell may be a warning sign for laced weed. Other simple tests may reveal impurities. People who use recreational marijuana claim that rubbing marijuana against a CD shouldn’t cause scratches. If the weed scratches the CD, it may contain glass.

But many impurities are undetectable by do-it-yourself tests.

Chemical testing labs in Colorado have reported contaminants in legal marijuana that weren’t obvious to the naked eye, according to a 2015 press release from the American Chemical Society. The tests revealed fungi, butane and other contaminants in marijuana that appeared normal.

Why Weed Is Mixed with Other Substances

Most dealers don’t lace marijuana with hard drugs, such as meth or heroin, and sell it to unsuspecting buyers. They’d be losing money by selling extra drugs for less cost.

Some people worry that dealers will lace marijuana with an addictive drug, such as cocaine, to get a person hooked on a more expensive drug. That’s possible but uncommon.

Dealers are more likely to lace weed with cheap substances to rip off customers. They may mix it with laundry detergent, perfumes or tiny shards of glass to enhance the smell, increase the weight or make the drug seem more potent.

Rare cases of dealers selling marijuana laced with hard drugs have been reported. However, reports of marijuana laced with the deadly opioid fentanyl in 2017 were not credible, according to the fact-checking agency Snopes.

Most of the time, people using marijuana are more likely than dealers to lace it, according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research. They may mix it with PCP or LSD to enhance the drug’s hallucinatory effects. Marijuana cigarettes have also been soaked in embalming fluid for the same purpose.

How to Tell if You Smoked Laced Weed

Different forms of marijuana have different appearances, tastes and smells. They also cause different effects. Normal symptoms of marijuana use include happiness, relaxation and forgetfulness.

Different strains may cause more relaxation and less euphoria. Or a strain may make someone feel more foggy or clumsy than others do.

Laced weed can cause a variety of side effects that are different from what a person normally feels. Stimulants, such as meth or cocaine, can make you feel energetic, intensely focused and incredibly happy. Downers, such as heroin, may make you feel lethargic, nauseous or too relaxed. PCP or LSD may make you hallucinate.

Other contaminants, such as glass, laundry detergent or fungi, may cause uncontrollable coughing, vomiting or pain. Most people who smoke weed know how marijuana affects the lungs. Sharp pain in the lungs may mean the marijuana is laced with another drug.

What to Do if You Smoke Laced Weed

In general, if you feel symptoms that make you worried or uncomfortable, you should seek medical help. You can’t die from a marijuana overdose, but you can overdose on other drugs commonly mixed with marijuana.

If you’re with someone sober, ask the person to take you to the hospital. If you don’t have a safe ride, call a marijuana hotline or a poison help line for assistance. These services provide help for people experiencing unpleasant side effects or marijuana addiction.

Call 911 if you feel symptoms of a drug overdose, such as rapid heartrate, slowed breathing, extreme confusion, paranoia, slurred speech or drastic changes to body temperature.

It’s impossible for most people to determine what’s in the drugs that they buy on the street. Even legal marijuana can contain unsafe contaminants. Laced weed isn’t common, but it does exist. Anyone who buys weed on the street is at risk for getting a bad batch.

How to tell if someone has been using marijuanaThe first step on the journey to recovery is recognizing that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult to be objective when gauging your own drug use or that of someone you love. To know if you are addicted or in the beginning abusive stages of drug use, it’s important to understand the signs of addiction that are associated with specific drugs.

Today, we start with 10 signs of marijuana addiction. If you recognize any of the signs in yourself or someone you love, an addiction to marijuana could be present.

1. Marijuana tolerance and withdrawal: Just like any drug, regular use of marijuana leads to a tolerance for it. This means that you need more and more of the drug in order to achieve the same high. If you need more and more of the drug to get high you are building tolerance. If you begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms or tolerance you could be addicted to marijuana. Signs of withdrawal include loss of appetite, irritability, insomnia or anxiety.

2. Using more marijuana than intended: You may start out thinking, “I’m just going to take a couple hits.” But end up smoking the whole joint by the end of the night. If this happens regularly it’s a sign of addiction.

3. Unable to cut down or stop marijuana use: You may be trying to stop your drug use. But, you may find yourself unable to stop when you’re trying to quit. Being unable to stop your use means you probably need help in getting clean.

4. Lots of time spent getting high: How we spend our time says a lot about us. If the bulk of it is spent either getting high, waiting to get high, or looking for marijuana that is a serious red flag.

5. Reduced activities: If your schedule has slowly been depleted of all physical or recreational activities and replaced with hanging out and getting high, then you could be addicted to marijuana.

6. Continuing to get high despite the problems it causes: Your conduct at work is changed by addiction. For example, if you have been warned that you will be fired if you are late to work or show up high again yet you to continue to smoke marijuana before heading into work, then you are exhibiting behavior that is akin to self-sabotage. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, that is a sign of addiction.

7. Using marijuana to escape from problems: If you feel like the only way you can handle bad grades, problems at work, and relationship issues is to get high, then you may be addicted to marijuana.

8. Depending on marijuana to be creative or to relax or enjoy yourself: If you need to get high before you feel comfortable being creative or before you can truly relax, then you may be addicted to marijuana. In fact, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, marijuana does not contribute to mellow demeanor. In their study, regular users were more likely to participate in violent actions.

9. Choosing relationships and activities based on whether or not you will be able to get high: If you decide which events to attend and whom to hang out with based on whether or not you can use marijuana and get high, then you are likely addicted to marijuana.

10. An inability to attend to daily responsibilities: If you have important responsibilities in you daily life but begin to consistently fail to see them through because your mind is on getting high, it might be a motivation problem or it could just as easily mean you have an psychological addiction to THC.

See More Posts:

Was there a point in time you realized that you or someone you loved developed an addiction to marijuana? To the degree that a marijuana addiction treatment program was needed? Do you agree that marijuana can in fact form an addiction or impulsive habit?

Marijuana use can develop into a serious addiction. Whether it is combined with alcoholism or the use of other drugs or not, addiction is serious. A marijuana detox after long-term use can mean withdrawal symptoms that are none too pleasant. Recovery from marijuana addiction requires drug rehabilitation. Contact us for more information.

Do you have a friend or family member who is continuously smoking weed? Are you the parent of someone who seems to rely on weed to get himself (or herself) through the day? It is possible to help a person stop smoking weed.

Like with any drug, the effects of the drug themselves make it very hard for a person to stop once he has developed a dependence on the drug. It can seem very true to the drug-user that he needs the drug every day just to cope with life, just to feel what he considers “normal.” Despite these fixed ways of thinking, on the Narconon program, marijuana addicts have recovered the ability to think clearly, enjoy life and achieve goals again.

Symptoms of Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana use creates euphoria, sedation, lethargy and a feeling of empathy that is not based on real emotions. With high doses or chronic use, a person can suffer memory loss, difficulty paying attention, even panic attacks and hallucinations. He may feel like his senses are sharper but he will lose an accurate sense of speed or distance which can make him a dangerous driver. The loss of inhibitions combined with poor judgment that commonly occurs when stoned may mean that decisions with dangerous consequences may be made, such as the decision to take on a physical challenge that cannot be safely met, or the decision to have unprotected sex.

How to tell if someone has been using marijuana

Of course, many people know that weed use results in loss of coordination that can seem funny at the time. Marijuana is well known for causing the “munchies”—increased appetite for snack foods, especially sweets. The eyes of a marijuana smoker are normally red after he smokes the drug.

What many people do not know is that heavy weed use is increasingly resulting in what has been termed “cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome” which simply means that use of high potency weed can cause people severe, excruciating abdominal pain and violent vomiting that continues for a long period of time. In fact, the only temporary relief seems to come from staying in a hot shower or bath for hours. If a person does not know that the cause of this problem is cannabis or weed, he can continue to cause the problem by smoking more weed. Medical treatment or drugs do not ease the pain or vomiting. The solution is to stop using weed. Doctors are slowly becoming aware of the cause of this problem and are more likely to ask if the person suffering this type of condition is using cannabis.

Problems for Students in Particular

Marijuana abuse is especially popular among young people. Right at the time in their lives when they should be learning and planning careers, marijuana may be sapping their ability to focus, learn, think logically and retain what they have learned. In addition, a person who chronically abuses this drug very often suffers a loss of motivation. Educational goals may become uninteresting and the lethargy and lack of focus resulting from marijuana abuse make it hard to follow through on assignments anyway. Statistically, more young people receive lower grades when they habitually smoked weed. One study showed that of those who had been heavy users completed college less often and had lower incomes after leaving college.

So these points cover how to tell if a person you care about is using weed and what the negative effects of this drug can be. You may already have been aware of some of these problems but didn’t know how to help.

Offering Help

If a person feels that using marijuana is making his life better, you will have a hard time convincing him (or her) to stop smoking the drug. You may have to work with your friend or family member to remind him of the way things were before he began to rely on marijuana to detach him from problems and emotions. Help him compare the way things are now with earlier times when he might have talked about his plans and future with enthusiasm.

You may have to convince him that the dreams he gave up on can still be attained if he quits cannabis use with your help. These earlier dreams and enthusiasms are the key to helping many people envision a new life without drugs, but that new desire may be fleeting. If you get his interest again, you must move quickly to the creation of a new sobriety so these dreams can be renewed.

You will have to work with this person to get him to stop using the drug. He will have to stay away from drug-using and drug-selling friends because most people easily fall back into drug abuse when hanging out with the people still involved in the drug habit.

How to tell if someone has been using marijuana

The withdrawal symptoms he may encounter include:

  • Anger, tension, irritability, restlessness, depression
  • Chills, stomach pains, shaking, sweating
  • Decreased appetite, sleep difficulties, bad dreams, nausea

These symptoms are not normally severe but he may need help resisting the cravings that probably will last for weeks or months. Clearly set goals and the support of sober family and friends can help him stay on a new, creative path toward goals of his own choosing. Nutritional supplementation can help him recover energy and interest in life and help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal.

What if He Can’t Seem to Quit?

Each year, more than 400,000 people enter rehabs to get help for addiction to marijuana. And these are only the ones entering publicly funded facilities, which means the real total would be higher. Since only about one in ten people who need help for addiction get it, it would be easy to estimate that more than four million people are addicted to this drug. A heavy user may be so drowned in the fog of drug abuse that he can’t quit using the drug when he wants to. In this case, a long-term rehabilitation program that helps a person build a new sober life and the skills to maintain it over the long haul is the answer. This is the service provided by Narconon drug rehabilitation centers around the world.

In many rehabs, prescription drugs make up part of the treatment program. Not at a Narconon center. The entire program is drug-free. Nutritional supplements aid a person in regaining energy and bright viewpoint. A sauna-based detoxification step flushes out the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the intoxicating ingredient in weed), helping a person regain the clear thinking they may have left far behind. The life skills segment of the Narconon program walks a person through the learning of the real-life abilities needed to stay sober and achieve goals.

If you are trying to help a person stop smoking weed, you should find out about the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation today. If he can’t stop using the drug on his own, he needs the help of an effective rehab program before any more of his life or talents are wasted, and definitely before he can progress on to use a more heavily addictive drug.

How to tell if someone has been using marijuanaThe first step on the journey to recovery is recognizing that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult to be objective when gauging your own drug use or that of someone you love. To know if you are addicted or in the beginning abusive stages of drug use, it’s important to understand the signs of addiction that are associated with specific drugs.

Today, we start with 10 signs of marijuana addiction. If you recognize any of the signs in yourself or someone you love, an addiction to marijuana could be present.

1. Marijuana tolerance and withdrawal: Just like any drug, regular use of marijuana leads to a tolerance for it. This means that you need more and more of the drug in order to achieve the same high. If you need more and more of the drug to get high you are building tolerance. If you begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms or tolerance you could be addicted to marijuana. Signs of withdrawal include loss of appetite, irritability, insomnia or anxiety.

2. Using more marijuana than intended: You may start out thinking, “I’m just going to take a couple hits.” But end up smoking the whole joint by the end of the night. If this happens regularly it’s a sign of addiction.

3. Unable to cut down or stop marijuana use: You may be trying to stop your drug use. But, you may find yourself unable to stop when you’re trying to quit. Being unable to stop your use means you probably need help in getting clean.

4. Lots of time spent getting high: How we spend our time says a lot about us. If the bulk of it is spent either getting high, waiting to get high, or looking for marijuana that is a serious red flag.

5. Reduced activities: If your schedule has slowly been depleted of all physical or recreational activities and replaced with hanging out and getting high, then you could be addicted to marijuana.

6. Continuing to get high despite the problems it causes: Your conduct at work is changed by addiction. For example, if you have been warned that you will be fired if you are late to work or show up high again yet you to continue to smoke marijuana before heading into work, then you are exhibiting behavior that is akin to self-sabotage. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, that is a sign of addiction.

7. Using marijuana to escape from problems: If you feel like the only way you can handle bad grades, problems at work, and relationship issues is to get high, then you may be addicted to marijuana.

8. Depending on marijuana to be creative or to relax or enjoy yourself: If you need to get high before you feel comfortable being creative or before you can truly relax, then you may be addicted to marijuana. In fact, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, marijuana does not contribute to mellow demeanor. In their study, regular users were more likely to participate in violent actions.

9. Choosing relationships and activities based on whether or not you will be able to get high: If you decide which events to attend and whom to hang out with based on whether or not you can use marijuana and get high, then you are likely addicted to marijuana.

10. An inability to attend to daily responsibilities: If you have important responsibilities in you daily life but begin to consistently fail to see them through because your mind is on getting high, it might be a motivation problem or it could just as easily mean you have an psychological addiction to THC.

See More Posts:

Was there a point in time you realized that you or someone you loved developed an addiction to marijuana? To the degree that a marijuana addiction treatment program was needed? Do you agree that marijuana can in fact form an addiction or impulsive habit?

Marijuana use can develop into a serious addiction. Whether it is combined with alcoholism or the use of other drugs or not, addiction is serious. A marijuana detox after long-term use can mean withdrawal symptoms that are none too pleasant. Recovery from marijuana addiction requires drug rehabilitation. Contact us for more information.