Is cannabis addictive?

  • Cannabis is addictive, though not everyone who uses it will develop an addiction.
  • If you use cannabis regularly (daily or almost daily) and over a long time (several months or years), you may find that you want to use it all the time and become unable to stop on your own.
  • Stopping cannabis use after you’ve been using for a long time can bring on feelings of withdrawal.
  • When you are a teen or young adult and your brain is still developing, you are more likely to become addicted to cannabis.
  • Cannabis addiction can have negative effects on how you study, work and hang out with your friends.
  • If you are concerned about your cannabis use, talk to a trusted adult and learn ways that can help you avoid becoming addicted.
  • Know that there are ways to change this and people who can help you. Further information is available at

Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Physical withdrawal symptoms can include trouble sleeping, poor temper, loss of appetite, restlessness, anxiety, sweating, chills and mild nausea.
  • Most withdrawal symptoms end after two weeks, though bad temper and physical tension can last much longer.
  • Overdosing on cannabis is unlikely as long as it has not been mixed with other drugs or alcohol