Tuesday October 21st 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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52 Responses to “Why people use marijuana: Top 10 reasons
chad
10:32 pm July 11th, 2011

WEED AINT BAD. U DONT GO OUT DOING BAD STUFF. MORE THEN LIKELY UR GOING BE SO STONED. UR JUST GOING EAT AND CHILL WHEREEVER U SMOKE AT AND WEED IS NOT ADDICTIVE.

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.

kath
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.

Bryan
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)?

Joan
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.

Andy
3:41 am June 4th, 2012

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

Stephanie
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.

Joel
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 ,
Joel

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.

Cliff
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,

ALMOST EVERYONE LOVES WEED, SOME PEOPLE ARE AFRAID AND SOME PEOPLE AREN’T

jack
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

Jake
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.

Proff
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.

Cliff
2:55 pm September 18th, 2012

Cannabis, a cure for cancer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qIHVLxXCXo

Jenn
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?

Jenn
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.++++++++++++++++++

Catherine
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.

Lynn
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

Michelle
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.

holace
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

marc
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.

Viv
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.

DrCarl
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.

dan
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 .

christine
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

Joy
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!

Julie
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.

Cliff
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.

Frank
11:54 pm April 2nd, 2014

very nice information.

Ariel
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

davesearle
1:56 pm April 25th, 2014

I think people that smoke marijuana are lazy

mustangs
2:06 am May 21st, 2014

why is everyone debating this. Some pot heads are lazy, some are hard workers who just want to relax after a hard day at work, just like some people have a beer or two every once in a while with their friends. I smoke, have for quite a while, but I can control myself Im not by any means an “addict” which might I add is physically possible with pot. Everything can be mentally addictive so if you think pot should be illegal because of that don’t have sex, drink coffee, eat sugar, watch TV, or do anything really because that’s all addictive mentally, or physically. If you use religion as an excuse as a Christian I have spent time reading the bible, you have to believe that god created everything on earth, since cannabis is a natural plant; god created it. It also says that only god can judge a man because he is the only one that can look at a mans soul, so if you don’t like pot for what ever reason that’s fine, but should a 20 year old kid go to jail and actually have his life ruined because its illegal for him to have a joint? economically what does keeping it illegal cost? keeping an inmate in jail costs around 50,000 a year, since most people in jail for drug offences are in jail for minor possession (under an ounce) you do the math how much that’s costing you as a tax payer. The cartels if you read any news article around, are losing Billions of dollars because pots illegal, and its hurting them. So what are we left with as for a argument against it? a parent that doesn’t want their kid to be on drugs? that’s very understandable, but if your child has a drug addiction he needs his family, the cops will ruin is life down the road not the drugs, now I am talking solely about pot, I have family and friends addicted to hard drugs/ prescription drugs and I can say that its a horrible thing to have to watch so I understand parents who want pot illegal because they think that because pot is stronger than it was when THEY smoked it, it has to be bad. Well all that means is that you have to smoke less to get the desired effect so that means you smoke less, and you don’t have to smoke pot guys you can eat or drink it even. so really I don’t see any solid arguments against legalization other than isolated incidents, concerned parents who should worry about giving their kids Adderall ( which is very addictive, you will develop an addiction to that and suffer horrible withdrawals) Xanax and hydrocodone, than if their adult kid is smoking pot. The last thing I would like to make clear is I am only in favor for people 18 or older using the drug, kids don’t need to smoke I smoked, drank in high school like everyone else and made some real stupid decisions ( mostly when I was drinking). and lastly using it responsibly, not letting pot take over your life, and not being a loser in general.

mustangs
2:09 am May 21st, 2014

why is everyone debating this. Some pot heads are lazy, some are hard workers who just want to relax after a hard day at work, just like some people have a beer or two every once in a while with their friends. I smoke, have for quite a while, but I can control myself Im not by any means an “addict” which might I add is physically possible with pot. Everything can be mentally addictive so if you think pot should be illegal because of that don’t have sex, drink coffee, eat sugar, watch TV, or do anything really because that’s all addictive mentally, or physically. If you use religion as an excuse as a Christian I have spent time reading the bible, you have to believe that god created everything on earth, since cannabis is a natural plant; god created it. It also says that only god can judge a man because he is the only one that can look at a mans soul, so if you don’t like pot for what ever reason that’s fine, but should a 20 year old kid go to jail and actually have his life ruined because its illegal for him to have a joint? economically what does keeping it illegal cost? keeping an inmate in jail costs around 50,000 a year, since most people in jail for drug offences are in jail for minor possession (under an ounce) you do the math how much that’s costing you as a tax payer. The cartels if you read any news article around, are losing Billions of dollars because pots illegal, and its hurting them. So what are we left with as for a argument against it? a parent that doesn’t want their kid to be on drugs? that’s very understandable, but if your child has a drug addiction he needs his family, the cops will ruin is life down the road not the drugs, now I am talking solely about pot, I have family and friends addicted to hard drugs/ prescription drugs and I can say that its a horrible thing to have to watch so I understand parents who want pot illegal because they think that because pot is stronger than it was when THEY smoked it, it has to be bad. Well all that means is that you have to smoke less to get the desired effect so that means you smoke less, and you don’t have to smoke pot guys you can eat or drink it even. so really I don’t see any solid arguments against legalization other than isolated incidents, concerned parents who should worry about giving their kids Adderall ( which is very addictive, you will develop an addiction to that and suffer horrible withdrawals) Xanax and hydrocodone, than if their adult kid is smoking pot. The last thing I would like to make clear is I am only in favor for people 18 or older using the drug, kids don’t need to smoke I smoked, drank in high school like everyone else and made some real stupid decisions ( mostly when I was drinking). and lastly using it responsibly, not letting pot take over your life, and not being a loser in general. everyone needs to relaxand open their minds

Cliff
2:00 pm May 21st, 2014

Cannabis, or it’s Mexican slang name Marijuana, kills cancer cells by denying those cells their blood supply while leaving the body’s healthy cells alone. It reverses the effects of Chron’s disease, (also known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome), it does wonders for diabetes, pain, PTSD, asthma, blood pressure, and a cornucopia of other health issues. It’s sources like yours that promote the negative, “this is your brain on drugs” mindset. Like police unions, private prison corporations, alcohol and beer companies, prison guard unions, and big pharmacutical companies who wish to keep cannabis illegal. Even the US government holds a patent on medical cannabis. It’s been known since 1974 the true benefits of cannabis use. Even if you took the medical and recreational aspects of cannabis completely out of the debate, it would still be the only truly intellegent thing to do by legalization.

You sir, and your “Addiction Blog” are trolls feeding on the planned ignorance of the American people while making money on cannabis illegality. You and your kind wish to keep hidden the true benefits of cannabis. You should really be ashamed of what your trying to hide.

10:19 am May 23rd, 2014

Hey Cliff. Actually, I’m a “Ma’am” (not sure if I should be flattered by the assumption that I’m male, or not) and have years of personal experience with weed. I do believe that herb has many medicinal benefits, as explored here. But the real problem with weed is denial by its users. The denial that weed is addictive and can cause psychological dependence.

Cliff Cooper
6:45 pm May 23rd, 2014

My apologies. Though I would question whether you should be flattered I thought you were a male. Men have undoubtedly screwed up the world well more so than women.

To the issue, marijuana is not physically addictive like heroin, meth, cigarettes, or alcohol. I do agree that in some there is in fact, a psychological dependence. However that psychological dependence does no physical harm to the body. One can discontinue using cannabis and only face a few days of jitters or nervousness, much like forgoing soft drinks. For those who claim cannabis use makes people lazy, remember our last three presidents have admitted to using cannabis. In President Obama’s case, quite heavily. Sure didn’t seem to harm him. A quick Google search will reveal a cornucopia of use by historical and political individuals including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and many, many others. You, as someone who claims to have vast experience with cannabis should know that in over 7000 years of recorded human use, there has NEVER, EVER been a death atributed solely to cannabis. Your perpetuating this “your brain on drugs” Reefer Madness stereotype is nothing more than an attempt to make money and certainly not for the betterment of mankind.

Cannabis, and it’s non-psychoactive cousin hemp, can end our dependence on fossil fuels, (Henry Ford and Mr. Diesel both designed their engines to run on hemp bio-fuel), it can end our clear-cutting of forests that took hundreds of years to grow, (one acre of cannabis is equal to 4 1/2 acres of trees in paper production), supply a better, more durable cloth, (cotton is the world’s greatest user of pesticide and fertilizers), can make a bio-degradable plastic, can make a steel ten times stronger than iron ore steel, (again, Henry Ford made cars with hemp plastic body panels), et al.

Further, there have been three government sponsored studies of cannabis. The last being Richard Nixon’s ‘Schaffer Report’. All these studies recommended total legalization. Right now, 800,000 US citizens are arrested annually for cannabis. Our prisons are stuffed to overflowing with citizens to the point there are now more people in US prisons than for all other violent crimes combined.

So, the only people who continue to endorse cannabis remaining illegal have a monetary interest in it remaining so. You should be ashamed you further the misconceptions surrounding cannabis and choose to enrich yourself from prohibition.

In closing, a PHYSICAL dependence? Some people are addicted to soft drinks, some hamburgers, some to legal, but extremely more harmful and causing hundreds of thousands of annual deaths. Why not focus our efforts on these issues?l

I would LOVE for you to state a differing view, based on provable facts, of what I’ve stated above.

Cliff Cooper
6:48 pm May 23rd, 2014

My apologies. Though I would question whether you should be flattered I thought you were a male. Men have undoubtedly screwed up the world well more so than women.

To the issue, marijuana is not physically addictive like heroin, meth, cigarettes, or alcohol. I do agree that in some there is in fact, a psychological dependence. However that psychological dependence does no physical harm to the body. One can discontinue using cannabis and only face a few days of jitters or nervousness, much like forgoing soft drinks. For those who claim cannabis use makes people lazy, remember our last three presidents have admitted to using cannabis. In President Obama’s case, quite heavily. Sure didn’t seem to harm him. A quick Google search will reveal a cornucopia of use by historical and political individuals including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and many, many others. You, as someone who claims to have vast experience with cannabis should know that in over 7000 years of recorded human use, there has NEVER, EVER, been a death atributed solely to cannabis. Your perpetuating this “your brain on drugs” Reefer Madness stereotype is nothing more than an attempt to make money and certainly not for the betterment of mankind.

Cannabis, and it’s non-psychoactive cousin hemp, can end our dependence on fossil fuels, (Henry Ford and Mr. Diesel both designed their engines to run on hemp bio-fuel), it can end our clear-cutting of forests that took hundreds of years to grow, (one acre of cannabis is equal to 4 1/2 acres of trees in paper production), supply a better, more durable cloth, (cotton is the world’s greatest user of pesticide and fertilizers), can make a bio-degradable plastic, can make a steel ten times stronger than iron ore steel, (again, Henry Ford made cars with hemp plastic body panels), et al.

Further, there have been three government sponsored studies of cannabis. The last being Richard Nixon’s ‘Schaffer Report’. All these studies recommended total legalization. Right now, 800,000 US citizens are arrested annually for cannabis. Our prisons are stuffed to overflowing with citizens to the point there are now more people in US prisons than for all other violent crimes combined.

So, the only people who continue to endorse cannabis remaining illegal have a monetary interest in it remaining so. You should be ashamed you further the misconceptions surrounding cannabis and choose to enrich yourself from prohibition.

In closing, a PHYSICAL dependence? Some people are addicted to soft drinks, some hamburgers, some to legal, but extremely more harmful and causing hundreds of thousands of annual deaths. Why not focus our efforts on these issues?l

I would LOVE for you to state a differing view, based on provable facts, of what I’ve stated above.

8:41 am May 27th, 2014

Hello again, Cliff. Do you smoke weed?

Marijuana is not the problem. Compulsive, obsessive, addictive use of marijuana is. But we are FOR personal choice in the matter. After all, alcohol and tobacco cause more harm and death nation wide than any other substance. But, users need to be educated.

Pot smokers down play compulsive use as harmless. But it isn’t. And it really bothers people who use marijuana when studies show the negative effects of psychoactive substances.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2797098/
http://www.justice.gov/dea/docs/dangers-consequences-marijuana-abuse.pdf

ThemysteryGuy
8:38 pm June 1st, 2014

There is a reason why marijuana is not legal in the first place, marijuana has a lot of side effects to individual, and its not necessary if those side effects could be a ham to public. It does harm someone who uses it, i wouldnt talk about physical health but mentality health is more important.
I used to take marijuana for 2 years, i was a normal guy who observed less stuff, less fear, but after a year i noticed, i always wanted to be away from public, everytime i stood infront of the mirror, i searched out the defects in myself, it gives u thoughts that u cant accomplish in real life, but those are hallucinations caused by marijuana, it even makes u too lazy but u wanna ignore that part most of the time coz u cant bear the thoughts of losing. you cant concentrate on ur work and marijuana at the same time. All these feelings rises and in the end u go into depression mode, u cant handle small talks, u cant bear someone reminding u a mistake u made in the past, u wanna be a better guy but u cant because u have no money due to laziness.
The worst thing about marijuana if ur friend/relative/anyone is talking about something, u will always think over it and find a way to direct something negative to ur self, this causes too much tension and distress.
one of my friend after 4 years of smoking marijuana, he thought everyone who was around him were talking about him and pointing at him, it was his brain illness coz of marijuana.
Some people say if u leave marijuana u r a coward and not professional, but believe me you are Professional when u understand how seriously this thing can affect u and u stop taking it. Thats called professioanl, because u understand how reality works!
If u r laughing in reality, it means u r having a good life, but when that stops, consider it an end for u. I know the fresh marijuana would consider my post stupid, but trust me, i can understand things much better coz thats what i was gifted in the first place.

Cheers!

Wesley
1:36 am July 29th, 2014

Smoking anything is stupid. I used to smoke cigarettes and they are physically addictive and mentally addictive. I was an idiot to ever start smoking, and it was hard as hell to quit. Smoking anything is a waste of money and it makes you vulnerable. tobacco makes you the bitch of tobacco companies. Pot makes you the bitch of anyone around you that isn’t high and wants to make you their bitch. Whatchu gonna do about it? Nothing! your high and all you wanna do is chill and eat. Maybe when you sober up. you really want a high that is safe and healthy try hypnosis and binaural beats.

Candace!!
6:50 pm August 5th, 2014

People are stupid. They blame marijuana for deaths and that’s a load of crap! What about alcohol????? I mean seriously!…it’s legal and people drink n drive and KILL innocent people every day!!! Marijuana use obviously isn’t for everyone, and if u have heart problems n shit YOU know u shouldn’t smoke so that stupidity is on them. I don’t think u should encourage anyone to smoke, it is your option ONLY! Every single person has an opinion, and if they want to smoke, that is their biz! I think everyone should have the FREEDOM to chose, and if your not for it then don’t smoke, and shut up about it!!! Ohh and don’t try anything that is “laced” with anything! Marijuana grows naturally!..smoke it the way it’s suppose to be used CORRECTLY! Use your brain people lol! It will be legal, so the haters can keep on hating..y’all are hypocrites and some of the worst people in this world. I hope y’all the best regardless tho :) have a great life everybody

Tonez bonez
12:27 am August 13th, 2014

Some of you talk too much and know too a little.
If you ever took time to enjoy life by not being attention wh**es, you would mind your own business and become a citizen of the universe instead of painful background noise.

richard
4:03 am October 9th, 2014

thc sucks, and not for medical purposes, except to lay on a couch and talk stupid and here in the netherlands, it’s not like in the old days, where a lot of homegrowers brought a kg, made with love. It’s now just indicastrains, which gown a week and harvesting 9 weeks later, and nothing made with love, just by large scale criminal growers. But you need the strains, with few thc and a lot anti-depressivant and most of all a anti psychotic working, cbd,cbn etc. Thc makes you stupid, laze, f**ks up your memory and besides that : what goes up…. Good weed is perfect for ms….. some strains, but not the snowwhite stuff with 20%+ thc value, cause those aint cintain the cbd cbn , and if you have the genetecis to become schizophrenic: you only need one time a trigger. Grow them at home , on soil with led lights and use a lot of smalls plants. this is a perfect shop sanniesshop. Especially for organic growth and yes, he sells de mostly thc rich strains also, but also for anti-psychotic use and painrelieving. He is a nice guy with his heart at the right place, he loves making new stable strains and also sells nutrition tabs which last for a harvest , if you ain’t the commercial type. Pure nature breeding, so no pesticides, but he offcourse is dutch market orieted, growing in a box where you can buy the natural enemies and get rid of your plague . And you won’t make a lot of money, but you know what you inhale and you can read the forum , when it comes to medical strains…. for ms, painrelief and anti-psychotic stuff. Offcourse also the real strong stuff. I never liked using it, a gf has ms and i love flowers , helped friends, allways for free….
Not the commercial ones. And i like the self-flowering types , very nice to breed outside, living in a sunny climate. Gr richard

Razor
8:54 pm October 12th, 2014

I’ve smoked pot for 12 years. Since a young teenager off and on. Years of being sober and years of “abuse”. For starters this creator people talk about is just a belief. Why does the universe must have a creator in peoples mind? Nonsense all of it. The fact is that we are just simple manifestation of the one great energy. Not made to do anything and free to live how we want. Long term use and true abuse will end up in brain damage. Well it just slows down the process of logical thought process but if used responsible it’s harmless. I’m fine with killing some brain cells to experience a spiritual moment in my life. It also help people connect with others. Just being in that higher consciousness allows people to let go and have a sense of understanding. It’s like learning to swim this understanding that is. When u are use to being on dry land or sober. And you get tossed in you try to stand on the water. You try to grab hold of it and as a result you drown. To swim you must relax, let go and you find out it holds you up. The way of waking up you must know how to “swim”. The best way I know to be more one with everything are psychedelic drugs they just break down the walls. The ego is just a illusion that has been taught and told what and how to think. By culture institutions that are made to control the mind. Weed doesn’t make you crazy or bring on pychosis. That is just nonsense there is no scientific evidence that proves it brings on pychosis. Plus, scientist will tell you that their work is mostly just theories. They can’t prove the we really exist. Weed helps you feed your mind. You can get addicted to it but it’s not habit forming. So it’s not a addiction like meth or any hard drug is. Its a addition like being addicted to food or anything really. It does help with depression but i can only speak on that from my own experience. Like I said it allows you to let go and relax. It like drinking a beer except it not a intoxicate that makes you less aware of yourself. Sometime people need a escape from the daily stress. Weed makes you relax it allows you to escape. Now in these days we need some stress reliever. Depression is high in this world more then people know a realize. We lose some our best people to depression. The list is endless of the people we lost. And we can not stop it they have anti depressions pills for our anti depression pills. A good alternative to depression medication would be weed. People go to a doctor that doctor gives them pills that don’t work. Those people go down to the local store pick up a bottle and self medicate them selfs. Until that one day they decide to end it all. Maybe just maybe weed is better for depression the pills that don’t work. I know it is actually mushrooms are the best. One day all these people that’s is holding it back will be dead. So one day it will be legal as people get wiser.

amanda
11:40 am October 17th, 2014

I think people w cancer or big time medical stuff use it as medication but people that just use it for something to do they are killing off brain cells and they don’t need it I feel it’s a drug and unless used medical should be illegal ……..

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