5 questions to ask yourself

It has been reported that almost 4% of the world’s population uses cannabis.  In the US, about 8% of the users are teenagers.  And of all users, about 9% experience a degree of addiction and almost 20% of those began in adolescence.  The most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has combined historical diagnoses into a single category – Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD).  The National Institutes of Health reported findings that cannabis abuse is common and may be linked to untreated mental disorders.

Could it be a problem for you?  In thinking about the last 12 months, read and answer the questions below.  If you answered “yes” to two or more of the questions, you should consult a medical professional for further screening for cannabis use disorder.

  • I find that I often crave cannabis or have a strong desire or urge to use cannabis.
  • Cannabis use has impacted my ability to function and complete tasks related to work, school, or at home and/or has negatively impacted my relationships with others.
  • I continue to use cannabis despite having a persistent desire to cut down and/or despite my knowledge of issues or hazardous behavior likely to have been caused by or exacerbated by my cannabis use.
  • I often require larger amounts of cannabis than previously needed to experience the same effects as before and/or I often take in larger amounts of cannabis than intended.
  • I often experience negative effects when I’m not using cannabis and often use cannabis to prevent feeling such negative effects.

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Updated: October 08, 2019