Controversy over Marijuana Addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), long-term marijuana use can lead to a marijuana addiction. Although it is unclear whether this constitutes a physical addiction, when an individual develops a dependence on marijuana and cannot function without it, they have a marijuana addiction. Additionally, some individuals will develop a tolerance for marijuana and require larger and larger amounts to achieve a high.

Search frequency research (analyzing the terms that are used to uncover desired online topics) is a powerful new research tool that reveals very interesting observations about marijuana and cannabis use. By quantifying and graphing query results for the word “marijuana” and related phrases, researchers can track trends and developments in marijuana use and the growing issue of marijuana addiction.

Marijuana Addictions – Where Does it Rank?

In order to find any reference to marijuana addictions, one has to look to Graph 3 below, where “marijuana addiction” is the 48th most commonly searched phrase (87,065 queries over a one-year period). Not surprisingly, the most commonly searched phrase is “growing marijuana” with almost 1,000,000 annual searches. Clearly, this provides insight into society’s focus when it comes to the topic of marijuana.

“Legalizing marijuana”, “legalization of marijuana” and “legalize marijuana”, also received an enormous amount of attention (1,121,229). Particularly in Canada, there have been several cases before the courts that challenge the constitutionality of marijuana prohibition. By contrast, there is almost no effort by lawmakers in the United States to decriminalize marijuana possession. Regardless, it is a topic of significant interest for many internet users.

Marijuana 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     
 100,000  960,000
growing marijuana    937947
marijuana seeds    855437
medical marijuana    833822
grow marijuana    648045
marijuana pipes    617120
how to grow marijuana    479999
marijuana leaf    479217
legalizing marijuana    461458
about marijuana    429715
marijuana plants    414292
facts about marijuana    386884
legalization of marijuana    386682
smoking marijuana    335893
marijuana legalization    333078
marijuana plant    332200
history of marijuana    318960
types of marijuana    283890
marijuana growing    280816
legalize marijuana    273089
how long does marijuana    236761
marijuana facts    209719
marijuana indoors    198853
buy marijuana    197447
marijuana pictures    176785
growing marijuana indoors    169882
medicinal marijuana    169017
marijuana wallpaper    151551
marijuana laws    150690
marijuana seed    137401
marijuana girls    132265
100,000 960,000

Medical Marijuana/Growing Marijuana Indoors – Popular Searches

“Medical marijuana” and its corresponding phrase “medicinal marijuana” received 1,002,839 queries. In fact, the word “medical” is the 3rd most commonly used word in Graph 2. This is not surprising considering all the different uses for medical marijuana as an anticonvulsant, antispasmodic and an analgesic. It is also prescribed for the treatment of anorexia, cancer, AIDS and hepatitis.

“Growing marijuana indoors” is another popular search with 169,882 queries. There are also mentions of “hydroponics” / “hydroponic” in Graph 2, which refers to the growing equipment needed for indoor marijuana cultivation and growth.

Marijuana - Prevalent Words and Concepts Study - Graph 2

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



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 50,000  1300000
growing    1261392
how    1173541
medical    940024
seeds    856520
grow    767016
legalization    721608
facts    645433
pipes    627650
leaf    484775
about    477086
legalizing    463441
plants    415305
smoking    392415
history    379411
system    367476
plant    356984
long    346167
types    323343
pictures    312145
drug    283362
legalize    280502
test    258651
stay    246934
buy    233188
medicinal    215299
indoors    202509
legal    184682
make    178821
laws    171766
pass    162014
body    161882
what    157570
wallpaper    154150
pics    153558
purple    150091
smoke    146909
online    142152
detox    141798
girls    141251
seed    138886
why    133532
leaves    127641
legalized    126387
free    125243
cultivation    121761
pipe    114942
different    114453
buds    108158
statistics    108014
tips    105909
names    105452
myspace    104996
brain    104682
testing    103499
cons    102834
addiction    101394
side    97470
layouts    96157
pros    95658
pregnancy    95293
haze    92365
tea    91038
indoor    90840
humor    89793
prices    88958
illegal    85868
white    85285
cartoons    84518
against    84509
posters    82883
urine    82597
outdoors    82072
cooking    81374
benefits    80434
funny    78938
hydroponics    78312
art    78202
tattoos    77759
best    77562
recipes    73000
bud    72107
easy    71168
reasons    70818
hydro    70207
cloning    69364
recipe    67201
mail    67029
order    66707
chronic    65775
clean    65740
guide    65026
blueberry    64683
sale    64201
graphics    63432
banks    62539
hydroponic    61490
information    60942
where    60422
brownies    60392
female    54363
50,000 1300000

Making a Difference – Montreal Rehab Sponsors Addiction Research

USDR, a prominent drug and alcohol rehab near Montreal, Quebec, Canada, supports the evolution and expansion of addictions research. By generously sponsoring search frequency research, Clear Haven is leading the way in new innovations in substance abuse study. To read more interesting findings and analysis on a wide range of addictive substances, visit other pages throughout this site.

Marijuana - Prevalent Search Topics, Continued - Graph 3

Top 31 - 100 two and three word combinations
(Top 30 are in Graph 1 above)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 40,000  130,000
marijuana leaves    127627
test marijuana    116800
free marijuana    116347
marijuana pipe    114129
marijuana online    111271
drug test marijuana    110445
marijuana cultivation    107515
smoke marijuana    104149
marijuana drug    103111
marijuana buds    100834
pass drug test marijuana    95046
marijuana detox    94106
different types of marijuana    92737
marijuana statistics    92328
haze marijuana    91452
purple haze marijuana    91167
marijuana humor    89790
marijuana addiction    87065
marijuana grow    85464
pictures of marijuana    83618
marijuana pics    83393
marijuana cartoons    83001
marijuana outdoors    81617
marijuana posters    79962
marijuana tattoos    77745
marijuana myspace    76144
marijuana art    74487
make a marijuana pipe    72805
marijuana prices    72209
marijuana tea    71762
marijuana hydroponics    70921
order marijuana    66703
what is marijuana    66584
marijuana legal    65239
names for marijuana    65120
blueberry marijuana    64677
mail order marijuana    64503
why is marijuana    64495
marijuana illegal    64431
funny marijuana    62875
marijuana seed banks    62539
reasons to legalize marijuana    62415
marijuana recipes    61727
free marijuana seeds    61695
cloning marijuana    61588
why is marijuana illegal    61321
buy marijuana seeds    60621
marijuana brownies    60307
chronic marijuana    59676
marijuana graphics    58512
marijuana drug test    57264
marijuana smoking    55386
purple marijuana    54786
marijuana bud    54362
growing marijuana outdoors    54139
buy marijuana online    54093
marijuana history    53692
indoor marijuana    53325
hydroponic marijuana    52749
white rhino marijuana    52672
marijuana myspace layouts    51538
marijuana and pregnancy    50975
female marijuana    50896
marijuana be legalized    50846
marijuana vaporizer    50151
why marijuana    48274
marijuana sprouts    48183
buying marijuana    47972
marijuana users    47943
outdoor marijuana    47753
40,000 130,000