YOU CAN GET ADDICTED
Let’s address the most commonly debated subject around this topic first by taking a second to actually define ‘addiction’.
Addiction: the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.
With that in mind, yes - both sides are half-right.
On one hand, by using the definition of addiction, yes, one can become addicted to marijuana, just like how one can become addicted to cheese, running, social media, so on, and so forth.
But on the other hand, the amount of recreational users far outweigh the amount of hardcore users, and a very small percentage of those hardcore users could be considered actual addicts. Here we run into another issue; there are no clear standards to define marijuana addiction.
Take alcohol addiction for example; according to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), an alcoholic woman is clearly defined as having more than three drinks per day or seven drinks per week; for men, it’s more than four drinks per day or fourteen drinks per week.
When it comes to Mary Jane, SAMHSA has no clear definition to determine if someone has developed a marijuana addiction. It’s not because there isn’t enough research into it - there’s more than enough - it’s because the research has indicated that the amount of marijuana addicts are so low that it’s next to impossible to define what constitutes a marijuana addict.
In other words, yes, there is a possibility that you can get addicted to pot, but the possibility is extremely small.