Yes, it is possible for cannabis or marijuana to be addictive. Cannabis contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive substance in the plant. Regular use of cannabis can lead to the development of a substance use disorder, and chronic use can lead to the development of dependence, where the user experiences withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the drug.
The risk of addiction to cannabis varies from person to person and depends on several factors, such as the frequency and amount of use, the age of onset, the potency of the product, and the individual's genetic and mental health history. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 9% of people who use marijuana will become addicted to it, and the number increases to 17% for those who start using marijuana in their teens.
It is important to remember that while cannabis may not be as addictive as other drugs, it can still lead to problematic use and negatively impact an individual's life. If you or someone you know is struggling with a cannabis use disorder, help is available and it is important to seek professional support.