A man casually smokes marijuana with a weed plant behind him

Marijuana is the most commonly used drug of abuse in the United States, particularly amongst young people. (1) Its use has become so common that several states have decriminalized, legalized, or begun legislation to do so. (2)

Despite this growing acceptance and the perception of marijuana as being completely safe, the potential for marijuana abuse and addiction is as real as for any other drug of abuse.

Here we take a look at the top five signs you or a loved one may have a marijuana addiction problem.

Signs of Marijuana Addiction

Using everyday

Those who claim marijuana is “not a drug” often times cite that it is not nearly as physically A woman lights up a joint of marijuana addicting as hard drugs, such as heroin.

Despite this, many users find themselves using marijuana throughout the day, starting first thing in the morning and ending at night. This is a classic sign of addiction, regardless of what the substance is.

Financial consequences

Between smoking/vaping devices and the drug itself, daily users of marijuana often times start to have financial consequences. For users smoking throughout the day, the habit can become quite expensive. This is another classic sign associated with drug addiction.

Social life

Recreational smoking can sometimes be a social event. For others, marijuana can become a requirement to feel comfortable in social circles. Feeling the need to smoke before social events is another common sign of marijuana addiction.

Driving while impaired

Once using becomes a daily occurrence, many will begin to take high risks on a frequent basis. The best example of this is routinely driving automobiles while high on marijuana. While not only illegal, driving while high is flat out dangerous. Routinely driving impaired is another sign one may have a problem with marijuana addiction.

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Lack of motivation and drive

While having a lack of motivation and drive is a common stereotype for smokers, it is for good reason. Regular marijuana use has been shown to cause a lack of motivation and foresight according to according to a recent study. (3)

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.


  1. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/most-commonly-used-addictive-drugs
  2. https://marijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=006868
  3. https://bigthink.com/ned-dymoke/stoner-study-regular-marijuana-use-contributes-to-lack-of-motivation-foresight