The Cannabis Addiction Test – video version
Are you at risk of marijuana addiction?
The Cannabis Addiction Test – written version
To take the test, answer the following questions, based on the cannabis abuse screening test. For each question, give yourself a score from 0 to 4, where:
- 0 = never
- 1 = rarely
- 2 = occasionally
- 3 = often
- 4 = very often
Answer each question based on your behaviors over the last year 12 months.
- Have you ever smoked marijuana before noon?
- Have you ever had memory problems when smoking marijuana?
- Have you ever smoked by yourself?
- Have you had any friends or family members express concern about your marijuana use or ask you to cut-down or stop?
- Have you tried to stop using or cut-down without success?
- Have you experienced life-problems related to your marijuana use, such as problems at school or work, problems at home or with important relationships, money problems, legal problems and others?
If you score:
- 0 to 2 = You have no addiction risk.
- 3 to 7 = You have some addiction risk.
- 7 or higher = You have a high addiction risk.
What Is Weed Addiction?
Addiction is the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors.
So when we discuss the evidence for marijuana addiction, what are we talking about exactly – what is addiction?
Well, according to the American Academy of Addiction Medicine:1
- Addiction is a brain disease that affects your reward, motivation and memory circuits.
- Dysfunction in these circuits leads to an unhealthy or pathological drive for reward (such as by getting high).
- Characteristics of addiction include cravings, an inability to consistently abstain or control your use-related behaviors (assuming you want to), a decreased ability to recognize how your use causes life or relationship problems and dysfunctional emotional responses.
Evidence to Support Marijuana Addiction
- Scientists can see that marijuana stimulates the brain’s reward centers in ways that closely mimic other addictive drugs (through dopamine release in the limbic pathway).
- Animal studies show that animals display withdrawal-pattern behaviors upon sudden abstinence after chronic THC administration
- Heavy users will develop a tolerance and require greater amounts to get high. This is similar to what is seen with other addictive drugs.
- There is research and clinical evidence showing that some heavy users will experience a recognizable set of withdrawal symptoms along a predictable timeline after cessation of use. Some researchers have compared the severity of marijuana withdrawal symptoms to those of nicotine withdrawal from quitting cigarettes.
- Scientists have observed that approximately 1 in 10 (9%) of marijuana smokers will become addicted at some point in life. For those who smoke regularly before the age of 18, that number doubles, with 18% meeting the criteria for dependence at some point in the lifespan. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – 2019
1. Wake & Bake
Absolutely the number one telling sign that you are addicted to weed is that as soon as you wake up the first thing you think of is smoking weed. That may not be the first thing that you do. You may get up and use the restroom first maybe light a cigarette if you have the dual addiction of nicotine and weed. If you do you’ll probably light a cigarette first and have it burning in the ashtray while you take a toke of weed to get you head right and your day started.
2. Weed over Bills
You’ve got bills just like everybody else. You need gas in your car and food in the fridge. But with a weed addict weed is the top priority. “You’ve gotta have your weed or you’ll go nuts’” Right! You may have just enough gas in the car to get to work and just enough food to barely get by but you are going to make damn sure you’ve got weed. Even if you are a little short on your bills that’s OK but if you don’t have your weed you might just lose it?
3. Green Alert
OK a “green alert” is something like an amber alert except it’s not but you think it is. Oh no you’re rolling roaches or you only have enough for a couple more bowls this situation is getting critical now. Money may be low you might have to borrow some money from friends or family, maybe your dude/ weed dealer is not answering the phone. Whatever the reason is you are low on weed and if you don’t get some soon you just might lose your mind.
4. Weed for Lunch
Break time! Man this job is driving you crazy if you don’t hurry up and get to your car and smoke some weed you might just lose it. I mean you’ve got to get your head right to deal with all the crap you have to deal with up in there right?
5.Weed after work
You can’t wait until you get off the job so you can get home to smoke and chill,. You’ve got to have a hit when you get in the car to deal with all these stupid people driving home in rush hour. Man if you don’t smoke you some weed you might just road rage out here and you don’t want to have to hurt somebody.
6. Weed when you get home
Whew what a day! You’re so glad to be home so you can relax and take a good peaceful toke. Man they almost drove you crazy at work today, thank God you’ smoke weed because if you didn’t you would probably go to crazy.
7. Getting high every single day
If you smoke weed every day and all throughout the day. If you go to an event you find a way to sneak out so you can get a few tokes in. You’re hooked on weed so you need to smoke before, during and after every single major or minor event that happens in your life.
If your spouse or significant other doesn’t get high with you then that could be a problem. You are spending a lot of time with your weed habit and all the baggage that comes with that. A person that does not smoke all day every single day like you do just can’t understand or condone that kind of behavior. But if he or she is just as big of a pothead as you are and you want to stop or cut back using so much and they don’t then that’s just as big of a problem as well.
9. You Want To Quit, But You Can’t!
Marijuana dependence occurs when the brain adapts to large amounts of the drug by reducing production of and sensitivity to its own endocannabinoid neurotransmitters. Marijuana use disorder becomes addiction when the person cannot stop using the drug even though it interferes with many aspects of his or her life.
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