Is Marijuana Really Addictive?
As far as real drug addictions go, does marijuana really qualify as being a true addiction? Some people debate the idea that it could be a real addiction because there are generally no physical consequences when stopping the use of the drug. But on the other hand, a lot of people seem to depend heavily on smoking weed every single day of their lives and in this respect it seems like the drug might very well be more addictive then we once thought.
So what is the real truth here? Is it addictive? Or do people just fall into the patterns and the lifestyle naturally and want to keep getting high? Where do we draw the line and say that this behavior is real addiction?
Let’s think for a second about what real addiction is. We can look at the medical definition, the definition in the dictionary, what behaviorists believe addiction is, and so on. For the purposes of our discussion, we are going to define addiction as this: when someone has lost the power of choice regarding their behavior. That is real addiction and almost no one would argue that someone in this state of being is not addicted. If they no longer have the choice to refuse the drug when they want to, then clearly this is addiction.
Does this happen with marijuana use? Yes it does. Most people who try marijuana get high a few times and then move on with their lives. The same is true of the millions of people who try alcohol and get drunk for the first time. It is just another experience for them and they move on and don’t really think much of it. cbd berlin
But for a small percentage of people out there, they try a drug such as marijuana and they are hooked. They are off to the races. Marijuana gives them purpose in their life and gives them something to be excited about. They obsess over it and want to do it all the time. This is addiction. What typically happens next is that the person will start to slowly restructure their life so that they are living a lifestyle that involves heavy smoking of marijuana. In other words, they drift away from friends who do not smoke weed and start making new friends who do use marijuana all the time. They start to focus and plan their activities around smoking weed and planning and scheming for ways to buy and get more of it. This is the obsessive element that accompanies any addiction. It happens with marijuana and this is just more evidence that it is an addictive drug.
Now some people will argue that marijuana is not addictive because you do not really withdrawal from it like you do from other drugs. This is actually not true in heavy smokers and some people do experience signs of a withdrawal that include sluggishness and fatigue. But also, it is obvious to me that smoking weed is very addictive mentally and many people use it on a daily basis in order to escape their reality. In other words, if you smoke weed every day in order to “deal with your life,” then you are essentially using the drug as a crutch to help you deal with reality. This is an immature way to live and if you cannot walk away from such a pattern very easily then you are probably addicted to the drug.