There is a common misconception that marijuana is not addictive, and for many people, this is true. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 42% of Canadians report having used marijuana at some point in their lives, but many of them only tried it once or twice. However, marijuana has the same addictive potential as any other substance.
Much like alcohol, marijuana affects people in a wide variety of different ways. Some people become relaxed and “mellow”, while others become more energetic and talkative. In large doses, it can cause toxic psychosis, in which the individual experiences hallucinations, paranoia and self-deception.
Marijuana addiction is a very real problem which is often aggravated by use of the drug in conjunction with other substances.