Addiction Drug Use Marijuana Can People Become Addicted to Marijuana? Not Everyone Becomes Addicted, But Some Can and Do By Buddy T Buddy T Facebook Twitter Buddy T is an anonymous writer and founding member of the Online Al-Anon Outreach Committee with decades of experience writing about alcoholism. Learn about our editorial process Updated on April 24, 2021 Medically reviewed Verywell Mind articles are reviewed by board-certified physicians and mental healthcare professionals. Medical Reviewers confirm the content is thorough and accurate, reflecting the latest evidence-based research. Content is reviewed before publication and upon substantial updates. Learn more. by Steven Gans, MD Medically reviewed by Steven Gans, MD Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and is an active supervisor, teacher, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital. Learn about our Medical Review Board Print FilippoBacci/Getty Images Not everyone who smokes marijuana becomes addicted to it, but research shows that some long-term users can and do become dependent upon the drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people are considered addicted to marijuana if they continue to use even when it interferes with many aspects of their lives and if they have withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit. The NIDA estimates that 9% of all marijuana users end up becoming dependent upon it. For those users who began using marijuana in their teens, the percentage of those who become dependent goes to about 17%. For those who smoke marijuana daily, the number who become dependent ranges from 25% to 50%. Additionally, a study of identical twins found that if one twin used marijuana before age 17, that twin was more likely to use other drugs and develop substance abuse problems later on, compared with their twin who did not start smoking pot early. NIDA surveys also show that: In 2010, of the 7.1 million Americans abusing drugs, 4.5 million used marijuana.In 2009, approximately 18% of those seeking treatment for drug abuse reported marijuana as their primary drug.Also in 2009, 61% of persons receiving treatment under age 15 reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse. Other studies have found that some people experience withdrawal symptoms similar to those associated with nicotine withdrawal, when they quit smoking marijuana. Those symptoms included sleeping difficulties, craving for the drug, anxiety, and irritability. Signs of Addictive Behavior In general, here are some common signs and symptoms that someone has developed an addiction: Developed a tolerance for the substanceTake more to avoid withdrawal symptomsUsed when you said you were not going toLife begins to revolve around the drug and seeking itAbandoned other activities you once enjoyedContinued to use in spite of problems it has caused What Is Cannabis Use Disorder? Sources Verywell Mind uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Marijuana." DrugFacts Updated January 2014 National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Marijuana." Research Report Series Updated July 2012 National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Want to Know More?- Some FAQs about Marijuana." Marijuana: Facts for Teens Updated October 2013 The Partnership at DrugFree.org. "Marijuana." Drug Guide. By Buddy T Buddy T is an anonymous writer and founding member of the Online Al-Anon Outreach Committee with decades of experience writing about alcoholism. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Get Treatment for Addiction Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.