Over the last couple of years, many people believed that cannabis was not addictive because it does not have the same compounds found in other drugs like alcohol and methamphetamine. But due to vast studies on both cannabis and addiction, many people have now understood the severity of cannabis addiction. Reports from the NHS show that as many as 10% of regular users end up psychologically addictive to marijuana.
There is a clear distinction between psychologically and physically dependent. Although cannabis leads to several effects on the body whenever it’s used, there also exist symptoms that would suggest physical dependence. Cannabis addiction mostly lies psychological, which makes it different from cocaine.
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas’ School of Behavioural and Brain Sciences, it was concluded that long-term cannabis use permanently blocks some brain functionalities, which leads to psychological dependence after long-term consumption.
Researchers used different technology to estimate how the brain reacts to the thought of using cannabis. By showcasing pictures of different substances and measuring how the brain responded, scientists could easily realize that regular cannabis users experienced an activation of the body’s endocannabinoid system when shown pictures of cannabis products. However, the brain reacted differently when shown pictures of other harmless substances.
During the study, participants who have never used cannabis showed no significant difference in brain activity when the cannabis-related pictures were shown.