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Can You Be Addicted To Weed?
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There comes a point in just about all pot smokers lives, where they'll take a step back and ask themselves

"Can you be addicted to weed?"

It's a common question to ask. After all, when you've been smoking the substance for decades, one begins to question the why behind their use of the narcotic.

Of course, usually the answer to the "why" of your use of smoking the drug, is because it gives you some sort of pleasurable experience. It's those pleasures that you associate with using weed and then you want to go back for more.

Now, for every user there is probably going to be a different sort of high that they seek from the drug. There's some long time Christian folks that will use the "natural herb" as a way to get a spiritual high and will describe it as having a sort of heavenly feel to it.

Then of course, there's the younger generation who'll want to use the weed to pass around and enjoy a good fit of the giggles.

There's also going to be folks just using the drug for medicinal purposes and not interested in any of the highs the marijuana can give. They just want to alleviate any pain they may be feeling or improve their health in general.

Do you notice the one thing in common in all of the above examples of why a person may use the substance?

They all contain an emotional pleasure of some kind. Whenever there's a desire that can be created more or less on demand, like what marijuana can do then it has the tendency to develop into a dependency.

So if you're still asking

"Can you be addicted to weed"?

Then, going through the sheer amount of emotional pleasures the drug will give you, then it is certainly likely that you'll be able to develop a weed addiction.

The sole reason being that anything that has the power to create the sort of emotional highs on demand will have people wanting to experience that more and more.

It's why the psychologists call it a psychological addiction to weed

Does that mean that if you can be addicted to weed that you're gonna need help from treatment centers to stop smoking weed.

Not by a long shot.

The whole thing about weed addiction is that it's a psychological dependency, which is what most places tell you it is. But here's the boiled down version of what that means for you..It means you think you need it but in reality you're not going to be in harms way from withdrawal symptoms by going cold turkey.

Street Talk

I don't quite agree with you when you minimize psychological addiction. Psychological addiction can be very serious. Some people develop psychological addiction because they had underlying psychological disorders such as depression or panic disorder. On the other hand, alcohol has both physical and psychological effects, and people can get serious withdrawal symptoms from going cold turkey after drinking heavily for a long period of time.

  about 1 decade ago

Hi Sarah, Yeah, psychological addictions can be serious. What I was trying to say is that with marijuana, there's not physical withdrawal symptoms that people suffer from when they quit. Whereas, with alcohol, the withdrawal phase can be problematic.

  about 1 decade ago

Yes, I agree the physical symptoms can be dangerous when going through withdrawals from alcohol. In those cases, going "cold turkey" can lead to serious physical and psychological symptoms such as tremors and delusions.

  about 1 decade ago
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