Cannabis is not a chemically addictive substance. However, those predisposed to addictive behaviours can become psychologically addicted to cannabis. Roughly 8% of cannabis users will become addicted, only slightly higher than the percentage of drinkers who become alcoholics. As is the case with drinkers, however, most cannabis consumers (92%) can use it responsibly. Notably, psychological addictions can also occur with non-intoxicating substances. Sugar addiction, for example, is a serious problem here in Australia triggering elevated rates of juvenile obesity and Type 2 Diabetes with more critical health consequences and greater hospitalisation costs than those generated by cannabis addiction.
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