Is Marijuana Addiction Real?
There is so much conflicting information about marijuana addiction out there, and even today there are a lot of conflicting views on whether weed is really addictive or not.
On one side, you have people who love to smoke, and aren’t addicted – kind of like how some people can drink but no be alcoholics. They don’t believe marijuana is addictive because it isn’t for them!
On the other hand, marijuana is mostly illegal. Most governments want to keep it that way, so there is an endless PR campaign on the dangers of drugs, and marijuana gets lumped into the same pile as heroin and crack. They claim it is addictive and incredibly dangerous. They pay for studies to prove that it is.
The marijuana legalization crowd doesn’t want to touch the subject of marijuana addiction – it would be harmful to their cause. They see dollar signs and the truth is, there is a net-benefit to society if we legalize it.
Weed Addiction Facts
- About 1 in 9 Daily smokers will become addicted to weed
- For young adults, that number rises to 1/6 daily smokers
- Smoking weed has side effects
- Withdrawal is significant enough to keep people from quitting
- More people, using stronger weed, more often means more weed addiction
- Only about 5% of people who try Marijuana Anonymous are successful in quitting
Long Term Effects of Marijuana Addiction?
Just like there is a lot of bad information out there on addiction, there is a lot about the effects of marijuana, particularly the long term effects, because there isn’t a lot of science out there. I have written about these effects from my personal views, and gathered as much science as I can. I can tell you that marijuana is really bad for your bank account! I know I spent over to $20,000! I doubt it causes cancer, I do know it can mess with your hormone levels. It can make impair your short-term memory, which then never gets into your long term memory. When I was getting ready to quit, I wrote down a manifesto of sorts: Why I Quit Smoking Pot For those of you looking to learn about long term use, you may find the interesting. If you are looking to quit smoking weed, you probably already know!