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For many years it was thought that marijuana use, however much of a habit it became, was not physically addicting. New research is indicating that it is possible for some users to become physically dependent on the drug.
Studies vary, but some indicate that as many as half of all people who use marijuana routinely will never develop this dependency. For those who do, however, the withdrawal symptoms -- including anxiety, irritability, stomach pain, and decreased appetite -- are real.
These discoveries have fueled new research and treatment methods for helping marijuana users quit the drug. They have also provided reinforcement for people who may have believed they were the only ones with a problem.