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Is Marijuana Physically Addictive?

Posted on 29 May 2014 by admin

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I have been having dialog with my brother who thinks any person who smokes marijuana is just a waste case. And that they could not, nor would not be in a position to quit. I want some documentation to back up my claim… that even though we may “want” to smoke, we never “need to have” to smoke. Subtle difference, but I will take it.

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Answer by dgibbs
It really is not like tobbacco that is physically addictive, marijuana is mentally addictive. You will not have withdraws if you do not have any, you would just want some will energy to quit if you commence smoking as well a lot.

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5 Responses to “Is Marijuana Physically Addictive?”

  1. Angela R says:

    my ex used to say that all the time. he was a big pot head and he would always say “oh i can stop anytime” but the thing is. there are no things in weed that make it addictive like cigarettes, its just people get addicted to the feeling of being “high” so they don’t wanna stop and that is what happens. so really it is addicted. and no not all pot heads are a waste case because bud doesn’t do that to you, but it usually leads you to doing other drugs that do lead you downhill

  2. Isaac Hamilton says:

    it is not physically addictive, although it can be mentally addictive. but you can be mentally addicted to everything from food to video games, so i don’t see why pot is “so bad”

  3. Jugga Lotus says:

    No it’s not physically addicting. It is only psychologically addicting. I have smoked daily for monthes and then quit for monthes without problems whatsoever except for the urge to smoke. There is no “withdraw” with marijuana. We don’t need to smoke, we just want to.

  4. Jillian Galloway says:

    You’re right, he’s wrong. Marijuana is about as addictive as coffee.

    Here’s what people far more learned than me have said about it:
    DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young – “In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. It is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. Marijuana does not meet the legal criteria of a Schedule I prohibited drug and should be reclassified”.

    Governor Raymond P. Shafer, Commission chairman of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse (“the Shafer Commission”) – “the actual and potential harm of use of marijuana is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior” and recommended that “the possession of marijuana for personal use no longer be an offense, and that the casual distribution of small amounts of marijuana for no remuneration, or insignificant remuneration no longer be an offense”.

    Dr. Donald Tashkin, author of the largest study ever conducted into marijuana and cancer – “We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use. What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect”.

    The World Health Organization – “the gateway theory is the least likely of all hypotheses”.

    The Lancet (British medical journal) – “the smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health”.

    So that’s the health aspects of marijuana, lets also look at its prohibition:
    John P. Walters, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy – “Marijuana, not heroin or cocaine, is the “bread and butter,” “the center of gravity” for Mexican drug cartels that every year smuggle tons of it through the porous U.S.-Mexico border. Of the $ 13.8 billion that Americans contributed to Mexican drug traffickers in 2004-05, about 62 percent, or $ 8.6 billion, comes from marijuana consumption”.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton – “The killings, beheadings and bombings in Mexico are due to “our insatiable demand for illegal drugs”.

    So, taxpayers pay $ 40 BILLION a year for the prohibition which *doesn’t* stop people smoking (so whatever “harms” it causes are with us already and always will be) and which empowers the sadistic drug cartels, resulting in the death of thousands of good people every year. We need to STOP people buying from the cartels, and the ONLY way to do that is by allowing legitimate businesses to produce and sell marijuana to adults with after-tax prices set too low for the cartels to match. We have to legalize marijuana.

  5. Amanda says:

    NOT physically addictive. I smoked almost every day from, I dont know, maybe fallish 2008 – early summer 2010…. after moving back home this past summer the person I got weed from before had stopped selling…. and just like I developed a habit for smoking, I developed a habit for not smoking. I don’t think about it now, havent for awhile. I mean I would again sure, but I didn’t stop on purpose or with willpower, it just happened, I didnt feel like finding a new person. I have an addictive personality sometimes too, so one must have a particularly addictive personality to make it addictive even mentally in my opinion.


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