A Little Pot Never Hurt Anyone…Before. Today’s Marijuana is Different!

We now know conclusively that marijuana is addictive, and that the withdrawal symptoms of heavy marijuana usage can be very unpleasant. Marijuana use needs to be taken seriously, and marijuana addicts will often need professional treatment. Marijuana is no longer the relatively harmless drug it is perceived to be. Whether any drug is ever harmless is open to debate, but since a third of adults in America have tried marijuana, and the vast majority of these adults never grew addicted, nor ever had any problems with it, most people don’t consider it to be a very frightening substance.

But today’s marijuana bears little resemblance to what many of us may have had. No longer an innocuous weed, today’s marijuana is heavily laden with white crystals of THC, and in fact the potency of today’s common marijuana is many times stronger than even the strongest pot of a decade or more ago. With increasing strengths, also comes increasing problems, and while it used to be argued that marijuana wasn’t addictive, medical professionals can now conclusively state that it is.

Regular marijuana use causes both a development of a tolerance to the effects of the drug, and as well causes physical withdrawal symptoms when usage is stopped. Withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, insomnia, a loss of appetite and even aggression, basically the opposite and negative symptoms to the intoxicating effects of the drug.

People developing an addiction to marijuana will progress in their behaviors comparably to other drug addictions. There will be an increasing fixation on marijuana, on getting, paying for and smoking the drug. There will be a dramatic development of tolerance to the effects of the drug, there may be changes in behavior and users will feel a need to smoke the drug at regular intervals. When they try to stop using, they will feel withdrawal effects, and this can make cessation problematic.

Most people, who use the drug occasionally will not get addicted, but the risk of addiction for regular users is high; and an addiction to marijuana can have similar social consequences as an addiction to other drugs. There is a cognitive deficit, and memory loss is common, and work or school performance will often suffer as usage of the drug increases. Frequent and excessive marijuana use is not to be taken lightly, and the long term consequences of this usage can be quite severe. Users who have developed a physical and psychological addiction to the drug will often need professional treatment and long term support and care to be able to quit using for good.

If a loved one is suffering from a marijuana addiction, it needs to be taken seriously, and that person needs access to professional help to allow them to quit using for good. What always starts out as recreational can too often turn tragic, and an addiction to any drug is never enjoyable. Today’s pot is not what it was, and it needs to be taken seriously.

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We now know conclusively that marijuana is addictive, and that the withdrawal symptoms of heavy marijuana usage can be very unpleasant. Marijuana use needs to be taken seriously, and marijuana addicts will often need professional treatment. Marijuana is no longer the relatively harmless drug it is perceived to be. Whether any drug is ever harmless is open to debate, but since a third of adults in America have tried marijuana, and the vast majority of these adults never grew addicted, nor ever had any problems with it, most people don’t consider it to be a very frightening substance.

But today’s marijuana bears little resemblance to what many of us may have had. No longer an innocuous weed, today’s marijuana is heavily laden with white crystals of THC, and in fact the potency of today’s common marijuana is many times stronger than even the strongest pot of a decade or more ago. With increasing strengths, also comes increasing problems, and while it used to be argued that marijuana wasn’t addictive, medical professionals can now conclusively state that it is.

Regular marijuana use causes both a development of a tolerance to the effects of the drug, and as well causes physical withdrawal symptoms when usage is stopped. Withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, insomnia, a loss of appetite and even aggression, basically the opposite and negative symptoms to the intoxicating effects of the drug.

People developing an addiction to marijuana will progress in their behaviors comparably to other drug addictions. There will be an increasing fixation on marijuana, on getting, paying for and smoking the drug. There will be a dramatic development of tolerance to the effects of the drug, there may be changes in behavior and users will feel a need to smoke the drug at regular intervals. When they try to stop using, they will feel withdrawal effects, and this can make cessation problematic.

Most people, who use the drug occasionally will not get addicted, but the risk of addiction for regular users is high; and an addiction to marijuana can have similar social consequences as an addiction to other drugs. There is a cognitive deficit, and memory loss is common, and work or school performance will often suffer as usage of the drug increases. Frequent and excessive marijuana use is not to be taken lightly, and the long term consequences of this usage can be quite severe. Users who have developed a physical and psychological addiction to the drug will often need professional treatment and long term support and care to be able to quit using for good.

If a loved one is suffering from a marijuana addiction, it needs to be taken seriously, and that person needs access to professional help to allow them to quit using for good. What always starts out as recreational can too often turn tragic, and an addiction to any drug is never enjoyable. Today’s pot is not what it was, and it needs to be taken seriously.

4 thoughts on “A Little Pot Never Hurt Anyone…Before. Today’s Marijuana is Different!”

  1. weed is not a drug just a plant makes life easier dnt wanan go broke sell it make yo money . fuk all dat drug shyt its not. go out smoke a blunt or two n tell me if u dnt like it ……..

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  2. This is a poorly written article with very little fact. Any enjoyable activity may be addicting. If a child has played video games everyday for months and then this activity is stopped the child will suffer much of the same withdrawal symptoms as marijuana users. Boredom, anxiety, as well as irritability. Aggression may even occur in some patients. Also any patient who uses or abuses a medication that promotes or induces sleep for any amount of time will suffer from sleeplessness when the medication is discontinued. Just like the big pharm companies say in their commercials “as with all sleep aids dependency may occur”. The only symptom of withdrawal directly related to marijuana use would be night sweats which is a part of the bodies natural detoxification.

    The less potent marijuana I’ve witnessed patients abusing in in the past 30 years has caused many many more issues than the higher potency we have been seeing since the 90’s. This drug is much weaker therefore the user uses 5 times the amount of a high potency smoker, thus increasing the amount of smoke passed into the lungs. This is a cheap drug that is smuggled in gas tanks and in engines. One police officer told me he has mad a marijuana arrest in which the dealer has pounds of marijuana with morning glory flowers dried into it. Mold is common, though the user rarely notices. Allergies, sinus infection, chest infection, bronchitis, emphysema, and lung cancer are much more common with low grade smokers who inhale a great deal more smoke and the contaminants that come along with the smuggling process. High grade marijuana is generally grown locally its cleaner, much more potent, and relatively expensive. Users will take 3 to 5 puffs whereas a low grade user may smoke a whole marijuana cigarette or more by themselves.

    Please rewrite this article as you have cited no facts at all and you have missed the most important aspect of marijuana use, cancer. Smoking causes cancer. Marijuana, tobacco, corn husks, yard grass, or even oregano may cause cancer if smoked habitually. Smoke does not belong in ones lungs. You may as well run into a burning building and take a deep breath a few times a day everyday.

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  3. That’s CRAP.
    I’m a substance abusing teenager.
    Weed is weed. It’s grown from the ground.
    It’s not sprinkled with chemicals to get us addicted.
    And then we would just be addicted to those chemicals, not the weed.
    Right? I go for, days, weeks, and months, without smoking.
    Withdrawl symptoms? Really. STFU!

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  4. You retarded? Pot is pot. Same shit growing from the ground.
    Same stuff you were smoking when you were a teen.

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