Last login: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
"Addiction" to marijuana? That's laughable. People are more "addicted" to cheeseburgers and soda pop than pot, I'd wager. Both of which are worse for a person's health than cannabis ever could be.
Kudos to those who want to help others improve their lives, and if they think that stopping their cannabis use is part of that regimen, more power to them. This article is a bit misleading though, since cannabis is not physically addictive, unlike alcohol, which the article attempts to associate marijuana use with.
The main point I'd like to make is this: if only 11% of the people using cannabis become "dependent" on it, that's a small percentage of the overall population. But how can one be "dependent" on pot? Cannabis is not much different than watching a movie. Are people not "dependent" on movies, too? I know many people, myself included, who need a movie fix at least once every day or two.
What gets me is the way people take on the topic of "dependence" and "addiction" and if it's at all related to drug use then it's a bad thing, no matter what, just because it's drugs. What I would like to know is why no one is talking about how to use the mild mood-altering drugs like alcohol and cannabis in responsible ways. For example, we already know that drinking a glass of wine or having a beer after work once in a while is alright, as long as a person only has one, maybe two drinks. Do it to relax, take the edge off, etc. We can do that with cannabis, too, in fact it's easier because there's no addiction to cannabis - no withdrawals. Sure, we love weed because it's excellent at what it does and is non-addictive and doesn't cause health issues, but for those of us who are able to use it sensibly and responsibly, there's no such thing as dependence or addiction.
Why are we not teaching each other how to responsibly manage use of recreational drugs, instead of labeling all users as abusers or addicts? It's like lumping everyone who eats a cheeseburger as having eating disorders.
November 25, 2009 at 8:06 a.m.
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