Any drug can be problematic for an individual as well as for others who are impacted by that person's substance use. After using marijuana for a time, many people find themselves in the position of wanting to cut down on their use, or quit altogether.
If you are experiencing any or all of the symptoms below, you may be developing a problem with marijuana:
- Using in larger amounts or for longer than intended or desired.
- A persistent desire to use and/or unsuccessful attempts to moderate or quit.
- Spending a great deal of time obtaining, using, and recovering from use.
- Important activities are given up in favor of substance use.
- Continued use despite knowledge of physical and/or psychological problem associated with that use.
- Tolerance (needing more of the drug to get the same effect as before).
- Withdrawal (unpleasant symptoms when you try to cut back or quit using).
Concerned about your use of marijuana (or about someone else's use)? Help is available at Ithaca College. The BASICS Program is a free, confidential, nonjudgmental program that allows you to talk about your concerns and explore ideas for making a change. The goals are set by you, and support is provided to help you achieve your goals. To make a confidential BASICS appointment, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, based in Australia, provides a large array of informational fact sheets and other resources. The information on this site is relevant, nonjudgmental, and based on the harm reduction philosophy.