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After using cannabis for a time, many people find themselves in the position of wanting to cut down on their use, or quit.

Signs of developing a cannabis dependency include: 

  • 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 cannabis (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. You can schedule a BASICS appointment by calling 607-274-3136.

Web Resources:

Learn About Marijuana: Science-Based Information for the Public

T-Break Guide: A Guide to Help You Take a Tolerance Break from Cannabis Use

file-outline Cannabis T-Break Guide - t-break_guide.pdf (18.06 MB)
file-outline Cannabis Self Assessment (CUDIT-R) - cudit-r-with-scoring.pdf (35.24 KB)