5 Signs that might mean you're using too much cannabis

Published Jul 11, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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Here, at Cannabis Wiki, we are the first ones to advocate for the use of the plant in all of its various forms, as it can improve lives. That much we know for sure, but like all good things, if you’re seeking to get the most benefits, it’s generally best to do so in moderation, using effective techniques. Otherwise, you risk falling onto the other side of things, where you’re using far too much and no longer receiving the therapeutic perks that you once enjoyed.

Since cannabis use is typically habitual, it can be hard to tell when you’ve taken things too far, and that is especially true if you don’t have friends or family who are willing to help you to walk that line. You might just think that you’re an average everyday toker, who is doing the same thing that everyone else is when in reality, you could be losing the potential, and yourself, while falling down a slippery slope that is using far too much weed.

To avoid that possibility, moderation is key, but if you’re already there, then it is important that you recognize the symptoms before they go on too long. Otherwise, it will be more challenging to undo the adverse effects and to get back to feeling and just being normal. Some of the symptoms of this problem can be hard to notice at first, but if you feel like you’ve been experiencing anything like what we’re about to describe, then you might be using way too much cannabis.

1. A lack of motivation

Have you noticed that you’ve stopped doing some of the things that you once loved the most? It could be having coffee with friends, heading out to your favorite shopping center, or just getting the household laundry done. Those things that would normally leave you satisfied or connected, are an integral part of who you are, and if you feel like you no longer have the energy or the motivation to enjoy them, then you might be using a little bit too much cannabis.

2. Different types of headaches

This is a side effect that is most commonly caused by inhaled methods of consuming cannabis, such as vaping or smoking, but it can also be a compounded issue caused by other things like a lack of motivation to get enough sunlight, or not enough appetite to eat right. There are many different types of headaches that can be caused or worsened by using too much cannabis, so if every time you light up you’re noticing small twinges of pain or larger more intense migraines, it might be time to slow it down a bit and see if it helps to reduce them.

3. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms

Going without weed is enough to put just about any regular consumer on edge, because they rely on it at certain times for specific reasons, and without it, their lives just aren’t the same, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t go without it, it just means that they’d prefer not to. However, some people think they’re experiencing marijuana withdrawal symptoms from the sheer idea of going anywhere without it, and unless you have a debilitating medical need for this intense response, that could mean that you’re taking in far too many cannabinoids.

4. Financial troubles

Almost 50% of the world's population would struggle if they were to lose as little as one week’s worth of pay, so it’s not uncommon to live from one paycheck to the next while trying to enjoy a few of the small things in between. However, if you’re finding yourself digging a financial hole that will be difficult to climb out of, and you have trouble affording necessities like rent or food, and you work enough to cover it all, then you might want to cut back on the amount of cannabis that you’re using.

5. Difficulty achieving desired effects

Most of us know that there can be undesirable effects if we choose to go overboard and use too much of any cannabis product, but few realize that it isn’t difficult to build up a tolerance to cannabinoids until it’s too late, and they’re struggling to maintain the high that they’ve grown accustomed to. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been toking for 5 months, 5 years, or 5 decades, this unfortunate effect can happen at any time, and it’s one of the best and most well-known indicators that you need to slow down, and possibly even consider a tolerance break.

Do I need to quit cannabis if I see these signs?

In most situations, quitting isn’t entirely or even remotely necessary, as you can typically get a handle on the majority of these side effects by slowly reducing your intake until you start to feel better again. For some consumers, like those who are having trouble getting high, the process of recovery may be a long one, but if you gradually cut back, no matter how long it takes, the relief at the end of it all will be more than worth it.

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