The persistent belief that marijuana is psychologically but not physically addictive is a myth, experts say

As marijuanas leads mainstream, there is a persistent belief that it’s not addictive. That is in part because addictive behaviour emerges more gradually than with elements such as opioids– and cannabis withdrawal isn’t the living hell of going off those drugs.

But the truth of the matter is clear:” There is no debate that marijuana is both physiologically and psychologically addictive ,” says Aaron Weiner, a psychologist and the director of addiction works at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, a clinic in Illinois. Cannabis withdrawal, according to a 2004 study he quotes, can lead to irritability, anxiety, negative mood, loss of appetite and impaired social functioning. Withdrawal symptoms tend to be more severe in heavier consumers, and have also been observed in non-human primates.

Drugs differ depending on their effects, but the evidences of addiction are relatively consistent. Cannabis use can begin as a social act and then” it becomes the behavior you relax and cope with your problems ,” Weiner said. For difficulty useds, it becomes more central to their lives and takes priority over searching fulfillment in job and relationships.


In almost all cases, the possible consequences of marijuana addiction aren’t viscerally awful like an opioid overdose or a tobacco-related illness. And compared with alcohol, by most reports, marijuanas use is less likely to precede a life shattering event like a vehicle gate-crash or physical violence.

Excessive cannabis use is often described in gentler words, such as” psychologically but not physically addictive” or” practice organizing “. But the drawbacks are real. They’re considered most severe for users under 25, since their mentalities are still developing. Studies has been demonstrated heavy teenage cannabis use can depress school recital and even lifetime earnings. It’s also during this period of life that the drug has been connected most closely to psychopathic episodes.

To the marijuana industry’s credit, legalization in US positions does not appear to have led to a jump in youth cannabis use. It has however led to significant increases in adult use, a trend all but certain to continue, as more commonwealths legalize the pharmaceutical and it becomes more socially acceptable.

Still, cannabis is the second most common addiction Weiner considers, after alcohol. He estimates one in 10 adult cannabis users will become problem customers. But compared with alcohol, the effects of undue adult cannabis use are less understood, specially since the cannabis produces available today are far stronger than a few decades ago.

What’s clear is that a lot more parties will waste a lot more of their epoch stoned.” We don’t need more stoned people ,” Weiner said.” When you’re stoned you’re not at your best and anything that growths that behavior is not good .”

That’s the perspective of a public health professional. By the same logic, alcohol shouldn’t be commercially available either, but it is in much of the nations of the world. In one practice or the other ratings of countries have weighed the drawbacks of legal alcohol and decided allowing it is better than the alternative. But no one hitherto knows the drawbacks of commercially available cannabis.

To Weiner the rogue is the for-profit marijuana industry. Legalization has gained widespread support in the US thanks to a two-pronged PR strategy of promoting cannabis as a “medicine” and wellness concoction, even when the evidence of its benefits is anecdotal or non-existent, and trying to demolish the stigma of cannabis as a drug for losers.” Their goal is not public health, their purpose is craving ,” Weiner says.” When I speak out against this topic it’s against my financial interest- which I can’t say for the people on the other side .”

As with any landmark new concoction- smartphones, automobiles, fossil fuel- the marijuana manufacture has the inherent advantage: once their downsides become apparent, it’s impossible to live without them.


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