When marijuana-enthusiasts defend the positive attributes of toking, they tend to compare it to the harmful effects of other drugs.

People overdose on other drugs, people die using other drugs, and other drugs leave people addicted—marijuana does not. But, while much of that is true, marijuana users are not free from experiencing adverse effects. Marijuana will not lead you down a path of aggression, insanity, or promiscuity on its own, as some proponents would suggest, but it can make some of its users dependent on it. In a 1994 survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 8,000 people between the ages of 15 and 64 were asked about their marijuana usage. Researchers discovered that from the people who tried weed at least once, 9 percent of them became cannabis dependent.

So, what the hell does being “cannabis dependent” mean? Are you cannabis dependent? Am I? Well, we have gathered the most valuable information out there to help you identify if you’ve become dependent on your favorite feel-good activity, and, if so, how you can get help. Your health depends on it.