Can you get addicted to hash?

Yes, like any form of marijuana, it’s possible to get addicted to hash. More on hashish addiction here.

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Yes. You can get addicted to hash, just like any other form of marijuana.

In fact, because hashish contains a higher amount of THC than other types of marijuana, it may be easier to become addicted than by simply smoking parts of the whole plant. But how does hash affect the brain? What are the long-term health effects of hash addiction? And just how many hash users go on to become addicts, and why? We answers these questions here…and invite your questions and feedback at the end.

Psychoactive ingredients of hash

Why do people smoke weed or hash?  Mainly for the psychoactive effects of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the main active chemical found in marijuana. Hash is a form of marijuana that is made when the resin of the hemp plant is concentrated and formed into a solid form. Blocks of hash are then smoked or eaten. The resin of the hemp plant can also be extracted as a liquid, which is called “hash oil.” Like any form of marijuana, hash contains the psychoactive chemical THC, only in a more potent form.

What does hash do in the body?

Hash has some immediate effects on the brain. When smoked, it only takes a few minutes to have an effect. If ingested, hashish can take up to an hour for effects to onset. While the THC in hash can create a pleasurable “high,” feelings of relaxation, and euphoria, it can also have negative side effects. Panic attacks and paranoia, loss of coordination, mild hallucinations, and difficulty concentrating are all potential complications of hash use.

Long-term use of hash can also result in a depressed immune system, leading to a higher rate of respiratory infections. Hash can increase heart rate and blood pressure, and cause irritation of the airways that can lead to coughing or asthma. Does hash kill brain cells?  Researchers are unsure if there is a link between heavy marijuana use and developing mental illness.

How do you get addicted to hash?

Using hash regularly will increase the risk of addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that only about 9% of hash users will go on to develop an addiction, mostly those who have been using it long-term. Periodic smokers probably won’t get addicted to hash.

Who gets addicted to hash?

There is a much higher risk of addiction in users who started smoking hash at a young age, with 1 in 6 becoming hash addicts. 25-50% of daily hash users started before the age of 17. One study of fraternal and identical twins found that the twin who started smoking before 17 tended to have higher rates of abuse and addiction to other drugs later in life.

Signs of hash addiction

You may have a hash addiction if you find that:

  1. You engage in compulsive behaviors to obtain hash.
  2. You experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using hash, including irritability, sleeping difficulties, and anxiety.
  3. You have intense cravings for hash.

How to avoid hash addiction

The only way to completely avoid hash addiction is not to take any form of marijuana. However, occasional use does not always present a problem, and in cases where marijuana has been prescribed for medicinal purposes (such as cancer or depression), the risk of addiction may be worth the relief from symptoms. Hash and other forms of marijuana are illegal to use in most of the US, and only legal in certain jurisdictions like Colorado and California with a prescription.

Are you addicted to hash?

Much like smoking cigarettes, a hash addiction can be difficult to quit. Studies show that people with a physical dependence on marijuana tend to suffer from psychiatric disorders, suggesting that marijuana use might be a form of self-medicating. For these people, quitting will usually have to involve therapy and treatment for the underlying disorder. Behavioral treatments and therapies can be helpful in reducing hash dependence. There is currently research into the possibility of medical treatment for hash addiction.

Questions about hash addiction and treatment

Please leave us your questions about using hash, hash addiction and addiction treatment. We will be happy to respond to all legitimate queries with a personal and prompt response.

Reference sources: National Institute on Drug Abuse: Research Reports: Marijuana Abuse
National Institute on Drug Abuse: InfoFacts: Marijuana
Medline Plus: Drug abuse
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. So I took a edible on Tuesday and Wednesday just a little tho but I don’t know what kind of weed it is and now so many things have happened to me btw I’m 13 and that was my first time taking it and right now it’s Sunday and I’m in bed and I don’t feel like getting up like I don’t have the strength to and my head hurts rlly bad and I feel dizzy but I don’t know if it’s because of the edibles or if I have the flue because the flue is going around and I searched the symptoms and I have them all but I’m scared to go to the hospital because what if they do a blood test or something like that and see that i did drugs and they tell my parents or what if the doctors keep it away from my parents but tell PCS and they take me away from my parents . I’m rlly scared and I need help !

  2. i don’t know i am addicted to hashish or not. i have started smoking hash at the age of 16 and it is easily availible in my State. The Country i live in is one of the major producer of Hashish So, getting it is never a problem for about 2 years i smoke it daily as a routine but last yeari have gone tu dubai so i am on the break for about a month . i have 0% of cravings there.Now alsoi have no irritations but i need a joint or two in day, when i am depressed i need it when i am happy ineed it .am ii addicted or not

  3. I grew up with hippy biker culture. I began using Cannabis and cannabis extracts at a very early age . I quite for years and then started again during a second marriage in which I was having problems with step kids who would put me down . At age of 45 I started smoking pot again and before you knew it I was smoking hash and extracting my own oil . Being a non custodial father with 5 alienated children I never got to see and paying huge amounts of child support I almost became a dealer , but thankfully did not ! I could quit for short periods but always returned . It then effected my second marriage . I’m now going for rehab at age 54 hoping to never return to Mary Jane again . Some people I know can smoke cannabis occasionally . Unfortunately I’m not one of them . For me its a true addiction involving even the taste and smell !

  4. I know someone that has had only 5 days of rehab for heroine. He thinks he is cured and brags about going 60 days w/out using, and yet continues using hash in tin foil. Is he still addicted if he uses any drugs at all?

  5. I and my husband living sepeartly though he was an avid drinker (alcholic) but now he has started pot … he does a pipe as well . I started feeling his control on mind is lost and he did try chemicals as well but now he is on hash n daily intake of hash is around 7-8 pots everyday.intially he lied but later he opened … I doubt if I will b able to continue my marriage with him

  6. Hello, I just have been doing research because I have never used drugs and don’t know much about them, I was very close with a family member, and they are doing hash alot, I notice they don’t visit us anymore, they are always distant and don’t seem to care about anything at all, they say they use it to “relax” because they are upset over past deaths in the family, we are all suffering the loss with the same connections tot he family members, this was 3 yeras ago and 5 years ago, I do not believe that is causing the excessive use. I have also been informed they are in a deep depression, the smoking is 7 days a week 6 to 10 times a day I am told. I am just wondering how to approach them, we miss them, I don’t wnat to get the “denial” reaction is there a way to intervine without getting them on the defence? I also wonder if using has excessively can cause depression? Thank you for your time take care 🙂

  7. Hi guys I am some on addicted to hash for more than 5 years now smoking every day about 10 to 15 joints I start to fell like I am going to hell no more thinking about my life any more just wanna smoke every day as the same I lost my job , my money every thing I am in 27 years old now just felling destroyed from every thing , the longest time I stopped to smoke was one week I can’t Handel it any more no one to care about me put I start to fell now I need to stop put I can’t please I need help or should I go to medical center and stay there
    Thank you

    1. Hi, Aly. If you have questions about addiction treatment and your options, call our free hotline to speak with a trusted treatment provider.

  8. Dear i am glad and i appreciate your struggle for this noble and kind work,
    I am using hashes and addicted to this bullshit since 4 years ago till now and it almost destroyed my life i was a university student but due to financial crises and hashesh addiction i leave my degree in progress i am not working because i lost my confidence and memory too, highly addicted to sex and i am in a country where i can’t find someone to help me, i just wanna finish this rubbish to me, i am orphan and also living as paying guest i am in a great shit, please help??????

    1. Hi, Zeeshan. If you have questions about addiction treatment and your options, immediate assistance is available. Call our free hotline to speak with a trusted treatment provider.

  9. Hi, reaching out bc I think my fiancé is addictive to hash. He works full time, but as soon as after work, he has to have it. At least four times a night, he goes and get it. The symptoms are present especially if he doesn’t get it……mood swings, loss of appetite, restlessness, irritability and paranoia! How can I help him unless he wants to help himself?

    1. Hi A. Smile. Have you talked to him about this? If he is denying and doesn’t want help, then you may want to think of planning an intervention.

  10. Hellow
    I am using hash from previou 2 year 8 cigarettes daily I tried alot but fails to avoide addition of hash kindly help me how can i get rid of using hash

  11. I am addicted to hash. I smoke it everyday. I smoke 12 grams in a week. I need help. I don’t know how to quit. I work full time so I don’t think I can take a medical leave of a month to go to rehab.. Pls let me know any suggestions. Thanks, I appreciate it

  12. hello… i think my husband is addicted for hash.. bt i dnt knw from how many years he use it. i m very much worried about husband age is 37…

    1. Hello Shabya. You can talk to him to learn what’s going on. If he is addicted he will need your support to quit.

  13. hello,
    i think my partener is addicted to hash. he smokes almost every day, and planning all outings to include hash. when he stops for 1 or 2 days, he sleeps a lot and become depressed. he is a doctor, yet he refuses to admit that he is addcited. what can i do to help him? is there a medicine that can be taken?


  14. Withdrawal symptoms to marijuana can be somewhat characterized as the opposite to the intoxicating effects of the drug…instead of hunger, a loss of appetite, and instead of drowsiness, an inability to sleep.

    Some additional symptoms of marijuana withdrawal can include headache, nausea, anxiety (common) paranoia and even irritability or aggression.

    These sensations will endure with some intensity for several days before gradually subsiding, and it is during this period that the cravings to use are strongest, and there is the greatest risk of relapse.

  15. Hello 192…

    Great question. Thanks for asking.

    There is no real pharmaceutical intervention necessary for hash withdrawal. The irritation, restlessness, insomnia, etc. which come along with withdrawing from hash usually resolve within 72 hours up to a week later on the acute scale,. However, the depression can be a more long term issue that requires both mental health behavioral treatment as well as medications. Have you thought about seeking help from a psychologist? Are there any psychologists near you?

    Best regards!

  16. For just over a year now I can probably say I have smoked at least one joint a day (even if comes to using to ends of old joints to make a new one in “desperate times”). Although I don’t do it with a stereotypical stoner life, I’m just your average Joe but I do enjoy it because of the instant relaxation it brings you, however I clearly have a problem no matter if I think I only do it for the enjoyment when I’m scraping bits together as if to get my “hit”. Where I live in the Middle East it is very strong, cheap, easily available and a good chunk of the youth follow a similar lifestyle most likely due to boredom as there really is nothing for anyone to do, smoker or non smoker. I’ve stumbled upon this website because I was initially looking up symptoms of depression, I’m not suicidal in any way but certainly more negative on life. I cannot fall asleep ever, until I’ve laid in bed for hours and it’s past midnight, and then having real trouble waking myself up even if I get enough hours of sleep. Hash being a depressant I figured the two would most likely be related. The withdrawal symptoms suck and I know that’s something I will have to just push through, is there any advise that may help me deal with this.

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