cannabis stash

Teenagers using cannabis are especially prone to schizophrenia. Recognising when 'experimental use' has become 'problem use' will help prevent this adverse outcome.

  1. WHO. The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders: Clinical descriptions and diagnostic guidelines. F10 - F19 Mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use. WHO. Geneva. 1992
  2. Marijuana Anonymous World Services. Accessed 03-Jun-2012

Recognising cannabis addiction

Cannabis use becomes an addiction when it takes on a much higher priority than other behaviours that once had greater value (studies, football). A central characteristic of cannabis dependence syndrome is craving - a strong and overpowering desire to take the drug.

12 signs of cannabis addiction

  • Has smoking pot stopped being fun?
  • Do you ever get high alone?
  • Is it hard for you to imagine a life without marijuana?
  • Do you find that your friends are determined by your marijuana use?
  • Do you smoke marijuana to avoid dealing with your problems?
  • Do you smoke pot to cope with your feelings?
  • Does your marijuana use let you live in a privately defined world?
  • Have you ever failed to keep promises you made about cutting down or controlling your dope smoking?
  • Has marijuana caused problems with memory, concentration, or motivation?
  • When your stash is nearly empty, do you feel anxious or worried about how to get more?
  • Do you plan your life around your marijuana use?
  • Have friends or relatives ever complained that your pot smoking is damaging your relationship with them?