When Weed Use
Becomes Too Much

Improve your cannabis knowledge to inform your use

1 in 10 Mainers
show signs of a dependence on weed

1 in 10 Mainers
show signs of a dependence on weed

Signs of dependence are hard to see. What starts as using more often or trying a stronger strain can turn into dependence and lead to Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD).

This happens when your weed use starts to negatively impact your life—from your relationships to your physical health.

    Know When to Check Your Use

    6 ways to know you may need to cut back or stop
    Spending more money
    than you would like
    Getting frustrated or feeling anxious without weed
    Choosing to get high over
    seeing friends or family
    Being high at the
    wrong times, like at work
    or while driving
    Using weed instead of
    being productive, like going to the gym or adulting
    Feeling guilty or
    wishing to not use as much

    How to Cut Back

    Ask why you
    want weed
    Is it for stress or to escape what’s going on in your life? Knowing the times, feelings, and situations that make you want to get high can help you cut back.
    Watch how much
    you’re using
    Track your cannabis intake for the week. If it’s gone up more than you want, try taking more days off and reducing your weekly amount by a quarter.
      Keep your weed
      out of sight
      Store your supply out of the way so it’s not top of mind. Try putting items in different places (lighter in the kitchen, bowl in a drawer, etc.) to make it less of an easy reach. Plus, it helps keep your weed away from pets or kids.
        Stay busy with
        other activities
        Choose “not high” activities. Feeling bored may make you think about using, even when you otherwise wouldn’t. For example, exercise is a great way to feel good and get a natural high from the endorphins.
          Tell others you’re cutting back
          Let your friends and family know you’re trying to limit your weed intake. It might seem awkward at first, but sharing your reasons why will help you make the change.
            Looking for more ideas
            and suggestions?
            Knowing Your Limits Guide

            How THC Can
            Affect Your Brain

            The CB1 brain receptors in the
            endocannabinoid system become less sensitive to THC from long periods of regular use. This means your brain needs more and more THC to achieve the same “high” effect. 1,2
              Stress Levels
              You’re more likely to develop a dependence if you have weed on a regular basis to deal with the stress and anxiety in your life. 3,4
                Brain Development
                Even though it’s legal in Maine, using before age 25 can affect the amygdala—the part of the brain responsible for processing anxiety, fear, and stress. This can make it harder to manage stress and anxiety in the long-term. 5,6
                  Mental Health
                  It’s possible the symptoms you’re trying to treat or mask with THC can return more when you stop. 7,8