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Debate- Is Marijuana Addictive?

Since quitting and deciding to help others to do the same I am frequently asked the hotly contested ‘Is marijuana addictive?’ question. It is a subject that fiercely divides most ‘experts’ and even those who spend their entire adult lives inhaling it. So let’s attempt to establish whether or not marijuana is addictive.

Starting with a drug just to make addiction easier to identify, read the following passage and decide for yourself if you think the person is or isn’t addicted to heroin:

“When I can’t get hold of heroin or if I know that I will be unable to have any for that night, I immediately turn into a different person. I am angry and emotional and I feel so depressed that I wont get that sense of relaxation and calmness from the heroin. I really hate feeling like I need it to make myself feel better.”

In your opinion, is it reasonable to assume the person is hooked on heroin?

In my view there is no doubt whatsoever. I’d stake my mortgage and life on it!

Okay, re-read that same statement but this time the drug has now changed to cannabis.

“When I can’t get hold of marijuana or if I know that I will be unable to have any for that night, I immediately turn into a different person. I am angry and emotional and I feel so depressed that I wont get that sense of relaxation and calmness from the cannabis. I really hate feeling like I need it to make myself feel better.”

With only the name of the drug altered is it reasonable to assume that person is hooked on cannabis?

Remember only the name of the drug has changed!

The statement you have just read is in fact and comes from a young woman who recently contacted me via http://www.quitcannabis.net who was clearly desperate for help – not because she was addicted to heroin but hooked on our ‘friend’ cannabis. I am not implying marijuana is comparable to heroin addiction or even that there are physical withdrawal symptoms when we attempt to quit, but there is still that sense of desperation and need for marijuana when circumstances force us to go without it for longer than we’d like. Like when your dealer is nowhere to be found and you can’t relax or find enjoyment in anything you do. That sense of missing/needing marijuana is clearly a symptom of psychological addiction.

Imagine heroin or cocaine as a maximum-security jail and marijuana a low-security open prison. Regardless of the regime and conditions found inside the prison, the bottom line is; in spite of how thin and flimsy the walls are or how weak the security at the main gate is, the function of a prison is to restrict freedom. In this case, your happiness and enjoyment of life. Don’t worry! Once you accept marijuana is addictive it becomes even easier, not more difficult to quit!

One time multi-substance drug addict Chris Sullivan is the author of The Joy of Quitting Cannabis and founder of www.quitcannabis.net

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5 Responses to “Debate- Is Marijuana Addictive?”

  • jackonmsn:

    @flanneryged jesus sorry the nhs let you down. and that scumbag paisley too. i’m irish and military so he’s caused us plenty of trouble.

  • flanneryged:

    @jackonmsn There wouldn’t be much point mate, as I have about 6 Months to live.
    I was in the Royal Marines and we were being rotated (this was our third tour).Also
    it was the very pinnacle of the “Ulster Says No” which Paisley did his very best to
    really stir things up.Anyway we were on Patrol in Divis Flats when I copped a 7.62
    mm in my Left Shoulder.I was taken to Belfast Infirmary where they filled me up
    with unscreend Factor Eight Blood. I have been HEP-C ever since,I found out in
    02.

  • jackonmsn:

    @flanneryged not want to get of it at all ?

  • flanneryged:

    @babycooch Aye Mate and I have just done one this Morning.

  • babycooch:

    @flanneryged On ye go!