The term addictive has to be defined to answer this question. Some drugs, like say narcotics or pain killers of the opiate family, are physically addictive. If someone were to become physically addictive they would go through a sometimes painful physical withdrawal when they stopped using the drug without medical intervention. Marijuana isn’t physically addictive in this sense, but is psychologically addictive.
In psychological addiction the individual spends time thinking about the drug and its effects. Psychological addiction shouldn’t be thought of as an easy habit to break. If it were there would be no need for drug treatment. We would just have detox centers and send people on their way. Highly addictive opiate drugs for instance are usually out of the system after about 5 days give or take. However, most addicts would relapse if they went home after detox. The psychological factors can be far stronger than the physical.
Marijuana creates an even bigger problem because it’s what I have often referred to as a lifestyle drug. Many people who would say it was their drug of choice may relate to this idea. It’s often the individual’s “cup of coffee”, their recreation and their socialization crutch. Marijuana use is often a statement of lifestyle. If you think about it, when is the last time you’ve seen a mirror, a line of cocaine and a razor blade of the back of someone’s jean jacket? But, we’ve all seen the pot leaf sported on clothing. Drug counselors everywhere have dealt with the patient that argues that it is a natural herb and should be viewed as a benign way of enjoying life.
Psychological addiction is addiction. It stalks you long after the physical addiction of other drugs have been conquered. The younger someone starts using the more ingrained the habit becomes. Addiction counselors can help someone who truly wants to quit.