Cannabis (also known as marijuana or weed) is a psychoactive drug derived from the cannabis plant. Cannabis can be used both medicinally and recreationally and is usually smoked, eaten, or vaporized. It has been legalized for recreational use in several states across the U.S. in recent years; however, despite its change in status, cannabis use is not entirely safe.
Cannabis misuse can be damaging to psychological health. It can lead to dependence, where a person feels the need to consume cannabis to feel normal, and after dependence has developed, a person may soon find themselves addicted.
Addiction can be a complicated condition to treat depending on its severity, and root causes vary widely among those affected. In addition to this, cannabis use can exacerbate underlying or pre-existing mental health conditions. When addiction co-occurs with other mental health issues, professional help should be sought as soon as possible.
Cannabis users typically take the substance to achieve its recreational effects, outlined in The Linacre Quarterly as: