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What Does Marijuana Addiction Mean?

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While there is evidence that marijuana is less harmful than cigarettes, there is still debate as to whether marijuana addiction is real. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM V) now includes “cannabis use disorder.” Some symptoms include “Recurrent cannabis use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home,” and continued use “despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of cannabis.”

We’ll talk to an addiction counselor and former addict about problematic marijuana use, and a professor who’s working to design a treatment to help kids get off pot for good.

Do you have a problematic relationship to marijuana? What’s your story?


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