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.

Web Resources:

BASICS at IC: Balancing Alcohol and Substance Use to Improve College Success

Learn About Marijuana: Science-Based Information for the Public

Reduce Your Use: How To Break the Cannabis Habit

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