Addiction refers to the long-term compulsive use of a drug. Dependence refers to the body’s natural way of normalising levels of a drug and the consequent requirement of higher doses in order to give a ‘high’.
There are four main types of drugs; stimulants, depressants, opium related painkillers and hallucinogens.
Cannabis (Marijuana) is both a stimulant and a depressant. Aside from alcohol, it is the most commonly used drug in the UK.
If you are worried about your drug consumption start with your GP who can discuss your concerns with you and help you navigate the possible ways forward.
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