Wednesday April 23rd 2014

Why people use marijuana: Top 10 reasons

Top 10 reasons why people smoke weed

Marijuana is currently at the center of enormous debate and public policy making in the United States. Proponents of marijuana want to legalize the plant for medical purposes (marijuana is legal in many states), but opponents claim that weed is a dangerous, addictive gateway drug that poses significant health threats to users. But why smoke weed in the first place?

We attempt to give voice to the debate by listing reasons why marijuana users use marijuana in the first place. And to ask you what you think about marijuana use: medicine or illicit high?

1. Marijuana as medicine.

2. For the effect of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the main active chemical in marijuana.

3. To relieve the stress, anxiety, fear, pain or anger related to personal, psychological or family issues.

4. Popular culture endorses marijuana use.

5. Low perception of harm.

6. The opportunity to try marijuana presents itself.

7. Peer, family or role model influence.

8. People use marijuana because they were born with or develop certain personality dimensions, such as unconventionality, which make marijuana use non-taboo.

9. Curiosity.

10. To relax.

Your thoughts on marijuana

Do you think that marijuana is good or bad? Do the social benefits outweigh the costs? Please submit your feedback below. We post all relevant and thoughtful comments.

Reference sources: Marijuana initiation from the OAS
SAMHSA Marijuana Power Point presentation
NIDA for Teens

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37 Responses to “Why people use marijuana: Top 10 reasons
10:32 pm July 11th, 2011


Capt. Terry
5:03 am November 29th, 2011

I read, just yesterday, about medical research which indicates there may be some healing properties from cannabis in the treatment of cancer. I do not suggest this to be scientific, but it is certainly worth exploring. We do know that various herbs have positive effects on the body. But then, some are harmful…. and the jury is still out on cannabis.
I began smoking at 42, for several of the reasons you have listed. At the age of 68, I do have difficulties, as the federal law presupposes that cannabis is dangerous. The generation before mine could legally smoke “muggles”, but things have changed with changing times.
All I can conclude from my experience is that I like it, but other people don’t.

always runs with scissors
2:07 am December 12th, 2011

Having once been a heavy marijuana user, I qualify to give a few remarks about the drug. It is is definately a drug. Drugs/Medicines were originally created by the Creator of Universe for man to use in healing. Hence, one actually needs to be suffering from some sort of an illness to justify administering any kind of drug/herbs. Otherwise we’re really talking about abuse for no other reason than to alter consciousness.

Playing with your brain is dangerous. It is the most sensitive organ of man. Just “innocent smoking weed” can induce psychosis and produce hallucinations or auditory hallucinations.

Conclusion is, most people using marijuana are really exposing themselves to the risk of becoming mentally ill through changing around the way their brain works, and deluding themselves that its ok. It also has more devastating effects such as making one “drop out of society and reality” becoming lazy and living life as if from a dream. I do not suggest people do this to themselves.

11:40 am December 14th, 2011

Thanks for sharing ARWS.

I think that you really have a point. Altering consciousness can pull us further away from the Creator, not closer. And although marijuana can be a medicine when used correctly, it often is not. We appreciate your contribution here.

11:37 pm January 4th, 2012

Having smoked weed for 45 years, I am not sure if i can be objective enough about it to have an opinion of whether it is good or bad. I will say, it does functions lik a drug, and lowers resistance to abusing accompanying substances (alcohol,in my case). The effects and repercussions of alcohol are far more dramatic than weed, and as such, might seem more negative. Both substances alter consciousness, and yes, that is detrimental. I like the ARWS comment–distancing one’s self from ‘the creator’ Is wrong, and a very real loss. Having never been straight (willingly) for any significant length of time, I feel as if i’ve lost part of the import of life, in which the time is rapidly diminishing.

2:29 pm January 27th, 2012

in truth i dont think marijuana is, in itself, bad but they way many people over use it is. A young family member of mine only about 20 years of age is was using marijuana on a daily basis, soon his supplier had moved and he could not find anyone else is sell him any. In response he began smoking a marijuana substitute known on the street as “fake bake.” This has been shown to cause a high amount of damage to the front part of the brain. Many people have warned him about the affects but he disregards them with no caution to using it. he began acting a lot less controlled after about using this on a daily basis for two weeks. i have continuous pleaded with him to stop but he has said if he cant have pot he wont stop if you have any suggestions please help me save my family member

4:06 pm January 27th, 2012

Hi Bryan. Thanks for your message. Unfortunately, if your family member does not want to stop, you cannot do anything to stop him from taking drugs. Resistance to change is common among drug users and can be either denial of a problem, or simply determination to continue using.

Maybe one thing that you can do is to find and participate in a sober, drug free activity with him? Do you know what he likes or loves to do (other than smoke fake bake)?

10:48 pm May 15th, 2012

I’d like to see more research and development of clean, safe marijuana products. I don’t like the smoked product because it is dirty and may cause lung disease — people who smoke it a lot get a chronic wet cough. Make Sativex and similar drugs more available to conditions other than just MS, by prescription, for example, to treat all intractable pain conditions. Such products offer a good alternative to codeine-based drugs and drugs like oxycontin because they do not constipate. Big deal for some people for whom constipation and then the need for laxative use and/or abuse may cause spasm cycles that cause rips and fissures, bleeding and secondary bowel or intestinal disease.

3:41 am June 4th, 2012

I am bipolar and its fun to smoke and it stabilizes my mood better and keeps me euphoric

12:50 am June 22nd, 2012

Cannabis is medicine in my opinion…that is if it’s high quality which is the only kind I smoke. It has helped me get over my deep depression and anxiety and soo many other issues. I was suicidal but luckily it changed my thinking. Smoking it has opened my mind and heart. I am no longer judgemental or angry and it most definitely stabilizes my mood. I am HAPPY now! When it felt like the world was a shitty place filled with people that I hated, life wasnt worth living. Now I see the BEAUTY in life! I can’t even explain how else it has helped me…the list just goes on and on and on. Marijuana brings positive thoughts of WISDOM. Only potheads will know what I’m talking about. It’s truly an amazing plant. It’s a gift! Everyone should enjoy it because everyone can benefit greatly from it. It has made me strive for knowledge and everyday I try to be the best person that I can be. I love life and I finally love myself thanks to cannabis. It’s opened so many doors for me. No one can shame me for smoking weed (not even my family, although they try) because I know that I have benefited from it in so many ways and it’s made a lasting impression on my heart and soul. I am a PROUD stoner :) <3

m colom
7:50 pm July 17th, 2012

I am living with my spouse who is a pot head. Every single minute of the day he smokes pot. My spouse spends most of his time smoking pot with his pot buddy adult son. I hate it! We can’t even talk to each other about anything that concerns me he gets mad and slams the doors. My spouse chooses to put pot first before his family. I don’t want our 13 year old son following his dad’s foot steps. My spouse is living with heart disease and not taking care of himself is wrong. I have an illness and I am also trying to recover from a spinal fusion, ankle fused. I am living with no peace in mind. I love our son I will do anything to protect him from verbal abuse,mental abuse from my drug addict husband. I can’t leave him because I have no place to go. I feel I need to recover first and move on. I call myself NO PEACE IN MIND.

6:00 pm July 18th, 2012

Please hang in there dear sister ! Your story is so typical of so many others ,it is a tragedy . I was a drug addict ,drunk,and a junkie will little moral fiber . When God revealed Jesus to me and I gave my life to Him ,I received the Holy Spirit . I have been transformed and my disfunctional home has become a haven of love ,

Matthew 11:28

” Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

My life has been transformed and yours can be too . All who call upon the name of the Lord SHALL be saved .

With love and sincerity ,

2:12 am July 19th, 2012

Hi m colom. It sounds like you’re really in a bind. The first place you might try for peace of mind is to look for help via Al-Anon. It’s a support group for those who love addicts. Please let me know if you need help finding a meeting in your area. I think that the program of Al-Anon can really help.

2:28 am August 28th, 2012

Actually, a quick Google search on “The History of Marijuana” will turn up hundreds of sites that explain how marijuana and hemp became illegal. Another search will bring up the US patent on marijuana, and tell the names of four individuals still receiving marijuana from the federal government under it’s ‘Compassionate IND Act.

Cannabis has been proven by scientific study, and has been known by the government since the mid-seventies, to and kill cancer.

Don’t believe the lies, just follow the money.

Perfect SCORE
7:14 pm September 4th, 2012

Hi i loved your every steps of comment and i loved stefen & bran comments,


2:00 pm September 6th, 2012

i love pot it relaxes me and after a hard day i can sit down not worrie and have a good laugh with my buddies i think nothing is wrong with it

11:30 am September 14th, 2012

The THC adheres to the fatty tissues in your body. There is fatty tissue in your brain.. As it builds up in your brain area it slows down the neurotransmitters between the brain and the central nervous system. That is probably what contributes to memory loss, lethargy, racing though patterns, etc…. The addiction part of it is the least of the problem. It comes out of your system so slow there is very little withdrawl if any, It is more like losing your best friend.

Some anti drug crusaders have a bigger problem with the use of weed than they do with any other drug. A radio talk show host did not say why except that it might be a gateway drug. His disdain for pot seemed to go very very deep. When a caller tried to explain the problems they had in the family with alcohlol he cut the call short. I disagree with him but as a former daily user I understand how subtle weed can be. Maybe you could shed some light as to why some of these people think it is the worst drug in the world? Could it be because weed is subtle or are is just ignorance about the substance?
As far as gateway goes the only reason why pot heads may go to pills or other drugs is because of the quality of the weed. Please advise.

12:57 pm September 14th, 2012

Hi Jake. I think that people reject marijuana or other psychoactive substances because of the cultural rejection of pleasure. Marijuana induces euphoria, and many religions place euphoria and “ecstacy” under spiritual experiences. Perhaps, the easy route to euphoria via smoking pot is looked down upon, or simply not tolerated because people are not comfortable with the experience personally.

1:25 am September 17th, 2012

In my opinion, any substance which alters how the body responds is a drug. Marijuana has its benefits though but like any medication it needs to be used in moderation. It does not make sense smoking it to the point of hallucination. In fact, I have moved away from smoking because of its negative impact. So instead I boil it then add milk to it. The milk absorbs the THC. I preserve and take 2 table spoon each day. I don’t feel high but controlled and excited about how to solve the problems of this world. I don’t do this every day. In fact, I may just go months without.

2:55 pm September 18th, 2012

Cannabis, a cure for cancer.

2:24 am September 23rd, 2012

And to relieve many symptoms of CRPS, getting me OFF any opiates except for an occassional dental procedure too repair the heck of a mess a year of methadone “therapy” caused. I used to have perfect teeth. Now I don’t have one that is my own with no filling or crown that is still in my mouth. But the pain of CRPS got me labeled a drug addict, so you know-I cook with my own mmj cooking oil, I eat right, and CRPS or not, aand yadda about being Paula’s deamon, etc. Her demon was she couldn’t put it down. Mine was I had no choice until the right strain of a 22% THC came along and saved my very skinny butt. It was killing me, and cannabis saved my life. See my website, my pictures tell the story: I fired the pain docs, gave them their invasive proccedures, and came home with my “60 day supply (1.5 pounds of mmj) and though not quite that much now, and I hate the price problem, I don’t mind spending the money. I have a life again-or it’s coming back. I believe that though oopium grows on the earth, it’s the one that should fight the legall battle, not mmj. As an RN, to date, working ER, I havven’t seen one patient DIE of an OD-but harm comes when people do two things: buy it on the street, and second, drive after consumption before effects on reflexes and judgement are worn off. Mine never are, so I don’t drive. And the CRPS has crippled me, so I can’t physically work. One year of pain doctor treatment put me in a wheelchair. My neurologist offered another, and I asked if he was ready with a stretcher?

2:26 am September 23rd, 2012

Have you seen “Run from the cure: The Rick Simpson Story?” Or is that it? I will check the link.++++++++++++++++++

5:34 am October 11th, 2012

Remember the tainted Marijuana and people died. Marijuana is so going towards medical use and I agree. No one every dies from Marijuana unless it is tainted. Wish I could, but I am State employee if I do and get tested positive I go to treatment to quit. Safe Marijuana does not kill Marijuana users. Federal guidelines a must.

1:20 pm October 20th, 2012

I smoked when I was a teen. Everyone who knew me said I was someone who was going to make a differance in life. I could help “change the world”, so to speak. Now at 56 years old I regret wasting my time and energy escaping reality. My parents were the status quo. My step-dad was a binge driner who has a rough, lousey attitude. He thought kids need to be seen and not heard. Mom was too dependent on what he did or did not do. She could have used a good support group with tools.Today my hope is in Christ alone my solid rock. I have been through much pain and loss because I married a binge drinker. When things are good they are great, but when they are not, it is hell. I trust that somehow I will be able to soar above the circumstances of destructive patterns. I have gone to alonon for many many years, and have squeezed out all I can. I continue to seek God and again, trust that I will still be able to help “change the world.” One day at a time, Trusting “All things work together for good for those who love God, and have been called.That is the verse in Romans chapter 8. <3

8:50 pm October 25th, 2012

My 18 year old son is a high school senior and smokes marajuana daily if not multiple times a day. We found pipes etc in our truck so we have taken the keys. I thought if i took access to a car and he had to buy his own, pay insurance and gas he would have no money for drugs, but so far he hasnt purchased a car and he seems to be spending his paychecks on only what I can assume to be drugs. His grades are down, he signed himself out of school the other day and was questioned by the school police officer this morning due to a teacher stating he smelled like pot. He has refused to be drug tested now that he is 18, however, he will be tested tonight and if he refuses, I am prepared to kick him out. I’d like to force him to buy a car immediately, or i fear that money will be gone quickly,I’m hanging on the hope that if he had a car, had to pay ins. and for gas he would have less money, am I crazy? Or, should I transfer his money out of his account (i am still on his bank account)? If I kick him out, should I also confiscate his phone that I pay for? Help! I’m scared to death that I may lose him forever.

1:57 pm October 30th, 2012

Hi Michelle. You are not alone! In the short term, you need to create a plan. Freezing a bank account and kick your son out of the house are only two options of many. You need to consider all the angles, and to allow your son to make a choice. You can get together with a family addictions counselor who specializes in teen/adolescent drug abuse for guidance. You can also consult the website: theantidrug[dot]com. There is a wealth of information and links for parents there. Additionally, there is a National Parent Helpline available at (855) 4-A-PARENT (427-2736) (available 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., PST, weekdays). Plus, there are also crisis hotlines available state-by-state. So, you can just Google your state + “parent drug hotline” to identify a local resource.

Please let us know how it’s going. We wish the best for you and your son.

12:49 am November 7th, 2012

I don’t think it should be legalized. Yes, people consume it but, I’m tired of hearing about it all the time in our culture. If we legalize it, it’s not going to make things any different than they are now. The problem is Americans are so self-consumed that they only focus on the little things in life and never the big things. People need to pull their heads out of their asses and take a good dose of reality instead of this plant. I’ve tried it a few times and it’s not as great as people claim it to be. We have way more important things to think about than a stupid plant. In conclusion I hate pot, I hate what it does to you, I hate what it does to other people, and I don’t want it legalized

9:46 pm November 12th, 2012

I think for some people whom have addictive personality’s weeds is a bad thing. For people that can control them self and use it once in a while it is not such a big deal.
For me it is no good. Took me a hell of a long time to relies that it was not a good thing for me.

9:52 pm February 19th, 2013

Hi, I am 23 years old. I’ve been smoking weed for more than one year. I don’t know why but I think that since I started smoking my life has gotten so much better. I was unemployed, always failing school, being a moody person, lazy, drank too much.
Just recently I realized I have a good job, I go to school, I know what to do in my future, and I’m just exercising more, trying to eat a little more healthy, I rarely drink.
But I do feel like I stay home too much with my best friend and we just get high everyday. Is it bad the way I live my life? I don’t feel like it affects it but maybe I’m just overreacting? I just need someone to talk and tell me what’s going on with me!? My family doesn’t even know I smoke, I feel like I lie to them. They think I’m just being such a good daughter.

4:40 am April 27th, 2013

I don’t see how in the beginning of this ‘post’ it was stated that anything was up for debate.

It’s obvious many people here a biased, and although you may say the same about the so called horrific “drug addicts”, you might actually want to stop and think.

First of all, it is ridiculous to judge a whole substance on singular drug use. Every person is different, and each and every person has a different reaction to it.

Michelle, I am sorry to have to say this, but If you think that Cannabis is solely reason for your son is doing all those things, you are blinded by motherly love. Furthermore, cannabis was merely something that your son found because he himself has had issues since before then. Perhaps a difficulty connecting with you because you refuse to open your mind, just a tiny tiny little, is the reason this all started.

‘Addiction Blog’, I don’t even know why I bother referring you in this post. From reading all of your responses, it is obvious you disregard anything anybody says that is pro-cannabis, simply because you automatically place them under the everybody that uses cannabis is a “drug addict” category. However; you were the one who prompted me to write this:

Granted, several can’t handle the substance, the same is true for alcohol, prescription medications, one could even go as far and say coffee. And these are all widely accepted social norms. The difference between alcohol/prescriptions and cannabis?

Cannabis is much safer. Every time.

So next time, before judging others, which I believe your ‘Creator’ was against; take into consideration that just because you don’t agree with something someone chooses to do, for whatever reason it may be, does not mean you have a right to judge and dehumanize that person, nor does it mean you have the right to take away their right.

So go on, ignore this post like you probably will, and just say to yourself, it’s a shame that “Resistance to change is common among drug users and can be either denial of a problem, or simply determination to continue using.” And I can pray that one day you will open your eyes and see that its not that simple. It’s not that black and white. Nothing is.

4:36 pm May 21st, 2013

its because of boosting my memory the day after coming back from high trip . its really working . marijuana make my brain stronger 10 time .

9:36 am August 16th, 2013

ive been smoking solid for the past 30years but ive cut down a lot but I cant stop smoking it because it really works for my pain which is 24hrs a day im suffering I wish that it could be legalized over here for pain there must be a way for people who are in such pain to make it legal

7:44 pm October 8th, 2013

Last night I decided to try marijuana after so many people told me it feels relaxing, you “chill”, see things different in a better way. I always felt like those people can not control their lives and use marijuana to escape the reality and the problems they have. It made me think I judge people and marijuana use is probably not bad. But I wanted to experience what they insisted is just a good feeling. IT WAS THE WORST SICKNESS I HAVE EVER HAD!!!! I felt like i
I am going to die. My heart rate went crazy, felt as it will explode and I will die from heart attack, then I could not breath and swallow, my brain was about to explode, I felt warm, later cold, I was shaking….just dying! And believe me, I have had food poisoning , hypoglycemia and hangover before but nothing can compare with this . Its like all of them together 10000 times. And the worst part is that there is nothing you can do to make you feel better- i wished I could vomit or like with hypoglycemia eat some sweet that will help me. NO!
These effects are reduced after three or four hours. If something can make you feel like this can not be good. Or at least for people who are healthy and happy and do not need any chemicals to escape their problems or stress. Maybe for people with medical issues and chemical unbalances. And believe me the one that I had was right from the plant so do not blame me for having something from the street. I will not try this BS again!

7:14 pm March 26th, 2014

I and my bf of 5 mo are 50yrs old and I don’t smoke pot or cigarettes and don’t want to because it harms your lungs but my bf does and what I see is that it effects his memory, it is pulling us apart because I can’t share in his pot smoking and I really can’t see the good in it, why does anyone have to get high to start with, Whatever happened to enjoying life. I like to go fishing, swimming and just enjoy being with friends and family.

2:25 pm March 27th, 2014

Number 5, “Low perception of harm”? Unlike alcohol or cigarettes which are highly toxic and cause hundreds of thousands of deaths per year, and perfectly legal. Cannabis has only been illegal since 1937. Prior to that, it was used by humans for over 5000 years. There has NEVER been a death attributed to cannabis. Other than being shot by police. It’s LD-50 is 1500 pounds in fifteen minutes. It’s impossible for someone to overdose on cannabis! The reason cannabis is still illegal is lobbying by the Pharmacutical industry, the private prison industry, police unions, DRUG REHAB centers, and chickenshit politicians afraid of loosing office.

Cannabis IS medicine. It’s illegal because people couldn’t make huge profits we’re it legal.

11:54 pm April 2nd, 2014

very nice information.

9:29 pm April 22nd, 2014

i dont think weed is bad although its healthier ways to relieve stress and all those others things i just think this is one of those things where people are trying to take the easy route. deal with your problems like the rest of us cause after your hour or two of being high reality is going to kick right back in

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