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