Cannabis Addictions – Controversial Substance Abuse Issue

Although cannabis is not “physically” addictive, individuals can suffer from psychological cannabis addictions. According to the American Psychiatric Association, substances are addictive when individuals develop a drug dependence. The three factors of a drug dependence are: 1) the individual becomes immersed in a lifestyle of drug use, 2) normal life functioning is disturbed, and 3) the individual experiences negative consequences as a result of drug use or abuse.

One way to track societal trends in drug use and attitudes about specific drugs is through search frequency investigations. An innovative new addictions research tool, observing and quantifying online query habits can help determine tendencies and developments in various substance abuse areas.

Cannabis Addiction – A Popular Search Phrase?

To find any mention of “addiction” among cannabis searches, one has to look at the supplemental graphs on the secondary cannabis addictions page. There in Graph 5, the raw data related to cannabis searches shows a meager 36 queries referencing cannabis addiction.

Conversely, there are many cannabis searches conducted annually that explore everything but the negative consequences of cannabis use. For example, the prevalence of “cannabis seeds”, (84,000 searches) indicates an interest in the procurement and production of cannabis. Other interesting searches reflect the popularity of cannabis in modern culture:

  • “cannabis cup”, with almost 52,000 searches, are queries related to the annual Cannabis Festival held in Amsterdam
  • “god smoked cannabis” are lyrics in a song by Weird Al Yankovic
  • “ska p cannabis” is another song search that is particularly popular on YouTube

Cannabis Addictions Research - Prevalent Search Topics - Graph 1

(Continued on Graph 3 at the bottom of this page)

Top 30 two and three word combinations



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 7,000  86,000
cannabis seeds    84001
cannabis cup    51725
cannabis growing    41573
god smoked cannabis    41352
cannabis culture    36901
cannabis plants    35265
growing cannabis    32708
cannabis sativa    29516
cannabis leaf    25185
medical cannabis    20165
cannabis plant    18353
grow cannabis    16766
cannabis seed    14883
ska p cannabis    12884
how to grow cannabis    12337
girls cannabis    12045
cannabis indica    11432
cannabis indoors    9858
cannabis wallpaper    9526
cannabis grow    9233
cannabis forums    9003
cannabis clubs    8870
cannabis buds    8395
cannabis butter    8261
cannabis club    7832
cannabis posters    7775
growing cannabis indoors    7665
what is cannabis    7410
amsterdam cannabis    7410
cannabis pictures    7311
7,000 86,000

Growing Cannabis Indoors – Individuals Looking to Grow their Own

Inquiries related to growing cannabis are also of significance. “Cannabis growing”, “grow cannabis”, “how to grow cannabis”, and “growing cannabis indoors”, total 78,341 queries. Despite the fact that growing cannabis in most countries is illegal, it is a popular online topic.

Cannabis - Prevalent Words and Concepts Study - Graph 2

Top 100 words used in cannabis searches
(Top 1000 can be found at Top 100 cannabis exact phrases and top 1,000 concepts/words. - Graph 5)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  89,000
seeds    86569
growing    74571
cup    51725
what    48554
god    43128
smoked    41352
culture    37631
plants    35265
sativa    29682
grow    28344
leaf    25227
how    25157
medical    21406
plant    18578
ska    15110
seed    14935
girls    13140
pictures    12250
indica    11687
guide    11413
amsterdam    10755
indoors    9858
wallpaper    9526
forums    9003
clubs    8870
free    8671
buds    8395
butter    8261
club    7832
posters    7775
cartoon    7527
seedbanks    6936
art    6935
types    6789
strains    6770
cultivation    6698
purple    5844
haze    5840
cloning    5499
germinate    5475
marijuana    5466
term    5243
pics    5155
news    5146
long    5031
online    4991
buy    4782
oil    4587
leafs    4453
winners    4452
detection    4380
cooking    4161
different    4017
curing    4015
santal    3650
names    3650
white    3541
harvest    3504
hydroponic    3498
info    3479
female    3412
forum    3398
cartoons    3333
kush    3287
products    3285
pruning    3285
captain    3285
vodka    3285
ounce    3285
flowering    3212
growth    3176
bible    3143
banks    3102
san    2998
illegal    2993
al    2957
bust    2928
games    2926
germinating    2920
videos    2858
weird    2847
smoke    2792
tips    2719
bud    2677
harvesting    2591
legalized    2585
college    2573
magazine    2555
rhino    2555
blue    2555
short    2554
male    2439
psychosis    2403
brain    2363
side    2336
smoking    2326
cultivo    2299
food    2250
indoor    2240
why    2209
0 89,000

Montreal Drug and Alcohol Rehab Supporting Innovative Addictions Research

USDR, a prominent drug and alcohol rehab facility near Montreal, Quebec, Canada, supports search frequency research in the promotion of addictions research and education. Keeping pace with addictions trends and developments helps Clear Haven continue its outstanding work in the field of substance abuse and treatment.

Cannabis - Prevalent Search Topics, Continued - Graph 3

Top 31 - 105 two and three word combinations
(Top 30 are in Graph 1 above)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 1,000  7100
cannabis seedbanks    6936
cannabis art    6935
cannabis cultivation    6698
cannabis strains    6624
free cannabis    6591
free cannabis seeds    6573
cannabis growing guide    5986
purple haze cannabis    5840
types of cannabis    5840
germinate cannabis seeds    5475
cannabis cartoon    5475
germinate cannabis    5475
how to germinate cannabis    5475
cannabis news    5146
cannabis grow guide    4745
cannabis leafs    4453
cannabis cup winners    4452
cannabis oil    4416
cannabis detection    4380
buy cannabis    4231
cannabis marijuana    4155
curing cannabis    4015
cooking with cannabis    4015
different types of cannabis    4015
cannabis santal    3650
harvest cannabis    3504
cannabis online    3479
hydroponic cannabis    3431
cannabis forum    3286
cannabis cartoons    3285
cannabis info    3285
names for cannabis    3285
buy cannabis online    3285
cannabis cloning    3285
cannabis vodka    3285
cannabis pics    3285
cannabis products    3285
captain cannabis    3285
kush cannabis    3285
amsterdam cannabis cup    3285
pruning cannabis    3285
cannabis seed banks    3102
cannabis games    2926
cannabis bust    2924
germinating cannabis seeds    2920
pictures of cannabis    2920
germinating cannabis    2920
smoke cannabis    2774
cannabis growth    2738
cannabis bud    2567
cannabis college    2555
cannabis white    2555
harvesting cannabis    2555
cannabis white rhino    2555
cannabis in amsterdam    2555
flowering cannabis    2555
cannabis plant food    2226
cloning cannabis    2214
male cannabis    2202
male cannabis plant    2190
cannabis backgrounds    2190
indoor cannabis    2057
outdoor cannabis    1971
cannabis sativa seeds    1880
cannabis tincture    1829
cannabis ruderalis    1825
legalisation cannabis    1825
ounce cannabis    1825
mail order cannabis    1825
cartoon cannabis    1825
wild cannabis    1825
cannabis card    1825
cannabis locations    1825
cannabis leaf pictures    1825
cannabis cafes    1825
1,000 7100