We all agree that being in a relationship is an important part of our lives, which is usually accompanied by many emotions and hidden delights.
Starting to date is one of the best stages of a relationship because that’s usually when the most magical things happen. Everything feels so new, and exciting, and seems almost perfect!
It is at this stage that you start spending time together, exchanging text messages and phone calls whenever you have some free time. Basically where you really start to get to know the person.
If you’re dating a stoner, it’s probably at this point that you start to notice that this person may be smoking weed a lot.
If so, it’s completely normal for you to start questioning from time to time things like: Am I dating someone addicted to weed? What does dating someone addicted to weed entail?
Here we will tell you everything we know about it, from a close friend’s experience to ways you can help this person overcome their weed addiction.
Finally, you will have all the information you need to draw your conclusions and decide if this person is right for you or if you should let him/her go.
Signs someone is addicted to weed
Marijuana is one of the most widely used drugs in the United States and the world. Not to mention that more and more people are enjoying the benefits that marijuana has to offer.
Little is said about it, however, it is estimated that about 30% of those of us who use marijuana tend to have some degree of addiction to it.
Regardless of whether you smoke it or ingest it in your meals, consuming it in excess can have major consequences for your health and the lives of the people around you.
Here are the most important signs to look out for to detect if you are dating someone addicted to weed:
- Chooses weed over personal relationships: The person in question often prioritizes marijuana use over other aspects of his or her life. Significantly reducing their interest and effort in making these relationships work.
- Significantly increased tolerance to THC: You will notice that the person begins to consume more and more marijuana to feel at the same level as a couple of days ago.
- Demonstrates withdrawal symptoms: After attempting to stop using marijuana for some time, you may begin to demonstrate high levels of irritability, anxiety, depression, excessive sweating, and other clear signs of dependence on weed.
- Poor performance: He begins to have problems at work or school due to his poor performance in the activities he is asked to perform. Often resulting in job loss or expulsion from school (depending on the case).
Causes of weed addiction:
There are many factors by which a person can become addicted to marijuana (or any other type of drug), however, it has been scientifically proven that there is one group, in particular, that is most insidious in causing marijuana addiction.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the more of these factors that are present in an individual, the greater the risk that he or she will develop a weed addiction problem.
- Environmental factors: Factors such as peer pressure, physical and sexual abuse, early drug exposure, stress, and parental guidance can greatly affect the likelihood of someone becoming addicted to weed.
- Biological component: Incredible as it may seem, the genes people are born with and the mental disorders they may develop over the years account for half of the risk of becoming addicted to a drug.
- Time factor: While weed use at any age can lead to addiction, the earlier marijuana use begins, the more likely weed addiction will develop.
Consequences of weed addiction:
Marijuana is often considered harmless largely because fatal marijuana overdoses are exceptionally rare (if not nonexistent). However heavy marijuana use indeed carries real risks that can affect a person’s health and life.
These are some of the things that can happen when you become addicted to weed:
- Loss of intelligence quotient: Marijuana can cause permanent damage to the health of your brain, permanently impairing your IQ by up to 8 points (in people whose use began at a very young age).
- Physical performance: Research shows that marijuana affects timing, movement, and coordination.
- Development of mental disorders: Scientific studies have shown that marijuana use is closely linked to mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, suicide planning, and psychotic episodes.
- Daily life problems: Marijuana addiction often goes hand in hand with relationship problems, poorer educational outcomes, lower career performance, and lower sexual satisfaction.
Someone addicted to weed can start using heavy drugs?
There is a great deal of disagreement among the scientific community on this particular aspect. So to assert or deny that marijuana use is a gateway drug to much worse drugs would be wrong.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who are addicted to marijuana do not continue to use other “harder” drugs.
Although scientists have much to study in this field, they have made it clear that there is limited evidence to suggest that marijuana use increases the risk of using drugs such as cocaine or heroin.
If you are dating or thinking about dating someone who is addicted to marijuana, you have a lot of things to analyze and similar before your next date.
Deciding to stay in or leave a relationship with someone addicted to marijuana can be extremely difficult, but only you can know if you are capable of dealing with all that it entails.
Whatever you decide, do it with conviction so you can let go and move on without looking back or stay and provide healthy support in your recovery without sacrificing your own needs.