Is Cannabis Physically Addictive?

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Apr 22, 2024 10:02:00 AM
Is Cannabis Physically Addictive?

Cannabis is usually used recreationally and for its medical benefits such as pain relief, managing seizures and epilepsy and also alleviating insomnia. However, there are some speculations about whether the drug is physically addictive… 

In this blog post, we will look at the difference between physical and psychological dependence and also the physical effects of cannabis use along with getting help for a cannabis addiction.

Get on board with Rehubs and together we will battle your addiction!


Why Do People Use Cannabis?

There are many different reasons why people use cannabis. It may temporarily offer:

  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Mind-altering experiences
  • Pain management
  • Management of chronic conditions
  • Relief from insomnia

Some people may use cannabis for creative inspiration or spiritual exploration, as it is known for enhancing creative perspective. 

The reasons for cannabis use vary from person to person. Personal, cultural, and societal factors can have an influence on cannabis use.

However, some people may find themselves taking cannabis even when it’s impacting their lives. They may struggle to stop taking cannabis and continue to take it simply because they can’t stop. 


Understanding Addiction 

Addiction is complex and varies from person to person. But what is the difference between a physical and psychological addiction? 

Being physically addicted to smoking marijuana can cause physiological changes in the body, leading to withdrawal symptoms and tolerance, whilst psychological dependence revolves around the perceived need for cannabis to manage emotions and cope with day-to-day life.


  • Bodily Response - changes in the body's chemistry, leading to withdrawal symptoms when cannabis use is reduced or stopped.

  • Withdrawal Symptoms - you may experience physical symptoms such as nausea, headaches, sweating, tremors, poor sleep and decreased appetite.

  • Tolerance - Repeated cannabis use can lead to a tolerance build-up, meaning you need to take a higher dose to reach the desired effects.

  • Physiological Changes - having a physical dependence on cannabis can lead to alterations in brain chemistry, resulting in a reliance on cannabis to maintain normal bodily functioning.


  • Mental response - feeling like you need cannabis to deal with stress, anxiety, or emotional discomfort.
  • Cravings and Compulsive Use - you may experience intense cravings and engage in compulsive drug-seeking behaviour despite the negative consequences.

  • Escapism - using cannabis as a coping mechanism for underlying psychological issues and mental health problems.

  • Lack of Control - having a psychological dependence on cannabis can lead to difficulty with controlling cannabis use. Treating the drug as a priority over work, relationships and hobbies.

Physical Effects of Cannabis Addiction

Excessive cannabis use and abusing the drug can really take its toll on your physical health.

Here are some of the ways that cannabis can harm you physically: 

  • Respiratory problems (especially if you smoke cannabis.)
  • Cognitive impairment, which can impact memory and decision-making.
  • Decreased motivation and energy levels.
  • Potential cardiovascular effects like increased heart rate.

These physical effects show why it's important to deal with cannabis addiction and get help to stay healthy. 


Signs of a Cannabis Addiction

Like most drug addictions, you may be in denial that you have become physically dependent on the drug. Some of the signs to be aware of include:

  • Finding yourself needing to have more to reach desired effects
  • Withdrawal symptoms when trying to cut down
  • Feeling strong urges to use cannabis
  • Finding yourself wanting to cut down but not being able to
  • Planning your day around when you're going to have some

Although everyone's addiction is different, the severity can vary from person to person.

If you are struggling with cannabis addiction, it’s important to seek help. We can give you the support you need and help you manage your addiction. 

Here at Rehubs, we have a team of professionals who are here to help you undergo your cannabis rehabilitation.

With support groups and 1-1 chats, you will be able to overcome your cannabis addiction and maintain sobriety for years and years to come.


Getting Help for Addiction

If you feel your addiction has become a problem and is constantly interfering with your day-to-day life, we are here to help. 

You can control and manage your addiction from the comfort of your own home with your family and friends around.

Taking the first steps to recovery has never been easier with Rehubs. 

218 out of 269 people have said they have maintained abstinence since leaving treatment through our program, so why not try it for yourself and start your path to a healthier, happier cannabis-free life?

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