Medical cannabis helps many people suffering from chronic pain, seizures, appetite loss, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. And for others, cannabis is a tool for relaxation that comes with fewer side effects and long-term health impacts than alcohol. In the past, many advocates shied from acknowledging the risks of cannabis dependence for fear of lending credence to the prohibitionists who use pseudoscience and fear-mongering to support an anti-cannabis agenda. Even if few advocates are talking about it, cannabis use disorder has been categorized in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders since 2013. According to a 2016 study by the National Institutes of Health, CUD is believed to affect 2.5% of American adults (nearly 6 million people) each year, and 6.3% of adults over the course of a lifetime. To be clear, there is no evidence that cannabidiol, or CBD, causes dependency, as it does not elicit a psychoactive response in the brain—i.e. its health benefits come without a “high.” THC is the main cannabinoid associated with altered states; therefore cannabis use disorder primarily concerns the intake of THC. Many cons...