CUD-Cannabis Use Disorder and Rehab

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CUD-Cannabis Use Disorder and Rehab

Cannabis, It seems like a lifetime ago that it was illegal to possess or use it in Canada without a medical prescription, but those days are long behind us, Cannabis or Marijuana is legal in Canada now

And after the dust settled and the fearmongers were proven wrong in many ways, we have become a society that sees marijuana use much like any other drug.

But is it for everyone? And how much is too much? If you found yourself reaching for a gin and tonic several times a day you, your friends, and, your family would be concerned, and rightly so. Still, when it is cannabis that is sought out to ‘take the edge off’, we often are unsure when the line between recreational use and dependency has been crossed. Recently however more research into this has been undertaken, in an article published by the NY Times author Matt Richtel explores this and the findings were surprising to many. According to a study published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open, more than one-fifth of people who use cannabis struggle with dependency or problematic use.

The article goes on to state that

“More than one-fifth of people who use cannabis struggle with dependency or problematic usage patterns an issue they are calling Cannabis Use Disorder”

In plain talk, Marijuana abuse problems.

The research found that 21 percent of people in the study had experienced some degree of Marijuana abuse, characterized broadly as “a problematic use of pot leading to a variety of symptoms, such as recurrent social and occupational problems, indicating impairment and distress”. In the study, 6.5 percent of users suffered from moderate to severe disorders. Not everyone who uses marijuana will suffer from this pattern, however, those who do find that their use increases as efficacy decreases, resulting in consuming more to achieve the same effect. A pattern that those who work in addiction treatment see quite often. The good news is that the same treatments which are used to address other additive behaviours have been found to be as effective in treating marijuana abuse as well. These include cessation, detoxification, abstinence, and Cognitive behavior therapies.


Can I really become addicted to “weed”?

To many the thought that marijuana or “weed” use can become problematic seems unlikely, however those who suffer from the effects of marijuana abuse find themselves less able to cope with daily activities, and may experience problems maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends and co-workers. They may. They may well also find they are less able to make clear and cognizant choices about important life decisions. ‘CUD’ or marijuana abuse issues are diagnosed when individuals experience a pattern of problematic marijuana use that leads to clinically significant impairment or distress. Some common signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse include an increasing tolerance to the effects or withdrawal symptoms when attempting to cut back or quit, unsuccessful attempts to control or reduce use, and spending a significant amount of time obtaining, using, or recovering from marijuana misuse.

It’s essential to note that Marijuana abuse is a complex condition influenced by various factors, including genetics, environment, and personal history. It is not a moral failing or a lack of willpower. As with any substance/drug use disorder ‘CUD’ should be approached with empathy and understanding, as individuals struggling with this disorder often require professional help to overcome it.


Understanding Marijuana Abuse problems is crucial in recognizing the need for treatment and support.

When is it time to seek help?

There may come a time when you or a loved one will seek the services of a rehab centre to help address the issue of marijuana abuse, typically rehabs will offer a variety of treatments to address it. Like most treatment plans developed to address durg use disorders, marijuana abuse treatments are designed to help individuals overcome their dependence and develop healthier habits and coping mechanisms. One common treatment approach is behavioral therapy This type of therapy helps individuals understand the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that contribute to their marijuana use. Through techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), individuals can learn to identify and challenge negative thought patterns, develop healthier coping strategies, and manage cravings and triggers.

Another treatment option is individual counseling. In these sessions, individuals work one-on-one with a trained therapist to explore their personal experiences with cannabis use and develop personalized strategies for overcoming their dependence. Counseling can provide a safe and supportive space for individuals to express their feelings, gain insight into their behaviors, and set achievable goals for recovery.

Group therapy is also commonly offered in rehab. These sessions provide individuals with the opportunity to connect with others who are facing similar challenges. Sharing experiences, receiving support, and learning from others can be incredibly powerful in the recovery process. Group therapy can also help individuals build a sense of community and reduce feelings of isolation.

In addition to therapy, rehabs may offer complementary treatments such as holistic therapies, exercise programs, and mindfulness practices. These treatments can help individuals develop a more balanced and healthier lifestyle, promoting overall well-being and reducing the risk of relapse.

Is it time for action?

If you or someone you care about is concerned about their Marijuana use, or would like to learn more about what constitutes a disorder the Canadian Public Health Association has published an online screening tool that may help you to identify where you or your loved one is on the spectrum.

And as always, if you are concerned about your, or a loved one’s cannabis use then call us toll-free at 888-999-8101 to speak with one of our friendly and compassionate intake workers about whether rehab at Sobriety.ca Foundation is right for you.

Richtel, Matt. “Cannabis Use Disorder Is ‘Common’ Among Marijuana Users, Study Finds.” New York Times, 29 Aug. 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/29/health/cannabis-marijuana-disorder.html. Accessed 3 Sept. 2023. More than one-fifth of people who use cannabis struggle with dependency or problematic use, according to a study published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open.

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