Cannabis, Mental Health and Addiction

Is it possible to become addicted to cannabis?

It is possible to become addicted to cannabis. This is called problematic cannabis use. It is also known as cannabis use disorder. Some signs are:

  • failing to do important things at work, school or home
  • giving up other important activities so you can use cannabis
  • using more and more cannabis, more often
  • being unable to cut down on or control your cannabis use
  • having to use more cannabis to get the same result (tolerance)
  • continuing to use cannabis even when it is causing problems
  • feeling sick when you suddenly stopping use (withdrawal)

Someone going through with withdrawal may feel angry or depressed. They may be anxious, restless or have problems sleeping. The symptoms may also include cravings and loss of appetite.   

If you or someone you know needs help with their cannabis use, there are options and support is available. Free, confidential mental health support is available at every health centre.

You can also talk to a trusted friend, family member, or Elder and ask for their support. For anonymous support, call Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Helpline toll-free at 1-800-264-3333.

To learn more about cannabis and mental health, click here.

Using cannabis to cope

People who have experienced negative life events, who have been through trauma, or who experience difficulties coping with stress may use cannabis or other drugs to relieve uncomfortable thoughts or feelings.  If you find that you do this, you are not alone and there is help available.

You can speak with a mental health nurse or another professional at your local health centre.

You can also talk to a trusted friend, family member, or Elder and ask for their support. For anonymous support, call Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Helpline toll-free at 1-800-264-3333.

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