TABLE 1

DSM-5 Criteria for Marijuana Use Disorder29

Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than you meant to
Wanting to cut down or stop using the substance but not managing to
Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of the substance
Cravings and urges to use the substance
Not managing to do what you should at work, home, or school because of substance use
Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships
Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance use
Using substances again and again, even when it puts you in danger
Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by the substance
Needing more of the substance to get the effect you want (tolerance)
Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance
  • Each specific substance other than caffeine (which is not a diagnosable substance use disorder) is addressed as a separate use disorder (eg, alcohol use disorder, stimulant use disorder); nearly all substances use these same overarching criteria. Severity is divided into mild, moderate, or severe: mild = meeting 2–3 criteria; moderate = meeting 4–5 criteria; severe = meeting ≥6 criteria. DSM-5, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition.