Signs of Physical Addiction to Marijuana

Addiction to marijuana can come in many forms: mental, psychological, spiritual and physical. Dependence on marijuana occurs physically when a person’s body is used to the presence of the drug. Learn more about how physical addiction looks when an individual is dependent.

Physical Dependence on Marijuana

Dependence on marijuana is common when a person chronically abuses marijuana. The onset of physical symptoms occur when the dosage of a drug is interrupted or lowered to a minimum point, causing withdrawal symptoms. Dependence differs from addiction. Marijuana addiction is associated with behavior that is characterized by:

  • Preoccupation with the drug
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Strong need to use marijuana

Addiction is mostly psychological and physical dependence is a condition revolving around a period of withdrawal.

Signs of Physical Addiction

Clinical evidence suggests marijuana withdrawal symptoms occur after a period of dependence and marijuana. The mindset of a person who has taken marijuana for a long period of time can change and it is difficult to fathom the side effects or consequences associated with addiction. Some of the most common, noticeable, physical signs of marijuana dependence and addiction include:

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Craving
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Raise in temperature
  • Mood changes
  • Sweating

Treating Physical Symptoms

Many people become addicted to marijuana for various reasons. The best approach to treating the symptoms and signs of addiction can include:


  • Detox: a process of getting THC out of the system which causes withdrawal to occur. Clinics that specialize in detox can combine prescription and OTC meds to address withdrawal symptoms if necessary
  • Treatment programs: inpatient and outpatient services are available to support intervention for individuals with addiction. Treatment centers commonly use peer support groups and environmental approaches to abstinence in combination with therapeutic support
  • Psychotherapy: intervention often includes some cognitive behavioral techniques or counseling to help discover underlying reasons which compel addiction. Therapeutic support is often a great way to increase possibility of staying in recovery and reduces risk of relapse over time


The Villa supports individuals in recovery from marijuana and other drugs. If you or a loved one are struggling to quit using marijuana, there is hope. Call us to find out how we can help you move towards recovery.