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You Can Get Addicted to Pot
02-13-2010, 10:16 PM,
RE: You Can Get Addicted to Pot
the actual ingredients might not be addictive themselves. the perception person to person of the drug might be. its just as common knowledge that marijuana can be psychologically addictive. anything that is psychologically addictive, can, without saying, be physically addictive. If you fantasize about getting high a lot, and do get high a lot, your brain will adapt neural pathways to optimize and condition your brain to that kind of thinking/ feeling; aka a work/reward system. it's therefore plausible that someone who is high more then they are sober will have negative effects if the drug is ceased. whether it be a psychological craving, or a physical lethargy, distracted, delirious withdrawal. I personally didn't think weed affected me in any negative way, and i was a complete stoner. i was high more than i wasn't, day in day out. i never needed the drug, but without it life became extremely difficult. the first week or two after stopping i can say my body was physically recovering from the amount of stimulation due to the effects of the weed. just my personal opinion and my personal experience.
02-14-2010, 02:53 AM, (This post was last modified: 02-14-2010, 03:09 AM by triplesix.)
RE: You Can Get Addicted to Pot
It's very simple. Cannabinoids metabolize into stable, in fact, beneficial compounds and do not produce toxic by-products, proving both their efficacy as medications and benignity as a recreational ingestion.

Cannabinoids like THC are similar to endogenous neurotransmitters already built into the structure of the human brain. The brain is designed to process cannabis and the body is not distressed in doing so.

We also have something called the Somatic Nervous System, which includes the sense organs. The somatic nervous system and the central nervous system, as well as the hypothalamic system all respond favorably to ingestion of cannabis, which in layman's terms means "it feels good." Most people pursue things that feel good, over and over again: extreme sports, winning awards, orgasms, etc. This is the origin of all addictions, the desire to feel something good, and after experiencing it, desiring more. Most of the time, if there is little detriment, and much benefit, there is no question of whether or not an addiction is bad. Like someone said, an addiction to sports for example. Since we've established that there is minimal harm reduction necessary to maintain a healthy cannabis "addiction," it is easy to experience a net beneficiary quality as opposed to a detrimental effect on health in the long-term. As long as the "marijuana addict" does not experience persecution as a result of his "addiction," there is no harm that could come to the conscientious vaporizer smoker.

Most chronic smokers that I know self-medicate with cannabis for treating depression (agoraphobia, irritability, anxiety, etc.), insomnia, and digestion-related maladies. If you can present a medicinal alternative with a safety record as spotless as marijuana's 6000 year history of therapeutic use, I will recommend it to my peers.

To say that someone is "addicted" to cannabis in light of these facts is like condemning someone for wanting a continually high dosage of Vitamin C, or for taking a doctor-prescribed low blood pressure medicine every day.

Anybody with any even marginal education in the reality of the pharmaceutical industry, the war on drugs and/or the effects of prohibition knows that drug reform is an urgent humanitarian issue. Ask any member of LEAP.

This really has to be one of the most useless debates of our time, which shines far more light on the dissociative, impaired understanding of humanity towards their own bodies and their relationship to nature, and the dignity of the human body and the relationship of authority towards what is and is not put into the body than on the so-called "dangers" of "marijuana addiction."

Marijuana prohibition exists with a central tenet that eradication is the ultimate goal. This is nothing less than an institutionalized call to drive an organism into extinction and wipe from the universe forever something which could never be restored; something documented as one of the most useful natural products of all time with an intimate relationship to the evolution of civilization as we know it no less. Few obsessions of modern mankind are more short-sighted, close-minded, and sociopathic.
&We grow to recognize form. We grow to label that form. In doing so, do we become more intelligent? Do we become more awakened?& - Siji Tzu 四季子
02-15-2010, 06:31 AM,
RE: You Can Get Addicted to Pot
in no way was i condemning anything, just giving my current opinion. for the better part of my use i was battling horrific pain from the disease itself and the ill effects of the intravenous antibiotics i was being treated with. It truly was the best medicine i could have had. as far as recreational purposes though i strictly try to avoid any intoxication, but if i had to be it would be marijuana or alcohol. I ended up later being addicted to opiates strictly because i turned 18 and couldn't find myself in jail with the disease from smoking pot, so my doctor obliged. Had i had the chance to get a green id and continue smoking i could have saved a world full of hurt and suffering. I am still in favor of decriminalization, in fact if my state legalizes i'll probably apply for a state licensed id. i just try and remember in Holland if you drink, or smoke too much you are still labeled a junkie. life is supposed to be lived, not lived high. that doesn't mean that intoxication isn't a natural part of life, because it is, but it definitely shouldn't be the main contributor to the definition of life. addiction doesn't discriminate, and i don't try to either.

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