Regarding addiction, marijuana can be used as a harm-reduction agent for other addictions, or marijuana can be the substance of addiction. Quitting an addiction completely can be dangerous for some, and the use of marijuana can aid with anxiety, nausea, aggression, and other side effects of quitting. Often, when an individual is trying to treat addiction, instead of quitting cold turkey, they use marijuana to pace themselves. As there is no lethal dose of marijuana, it can be helpful in certain situations. However, there is also Cannabis Use Disorder which can be a controversial topic. Some believe marijuana is addictive, and some do not. Some believe most cannabis users have cannabis use disorder, and some do not. The use of marijuana with addiction is an interesting topic with many differing opinions surrounding it.
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