I’m definitely pro weed and would suggest it to pretty much anyone. However I also recognize that there is point when you should stop smoking. Physical addiction isn’t an issue with weed, but you could get mentally addicted to a point where your life starts to deteriorate. People often wonder when exactly do you hit that point, there is no easy answer, but there are certain things you can look out for.
What does it mean to be addicted?
Before we start, let’s clear up what exactly it means to be addicted. There are two types of addiction – physical and mental. Weed is generally not considered to have a physical, but that isn’t exactly true. There are no withdraw symptoms from weed, like with heroin for example, but there is a tolerance you develop if you smoke regularly. This means that some of the chemicals in your brain do change when you smoke weed, indicating physical symptoms of the addiction. Tolerance also means that you need to smoke more and more as time goes by, assuming you smoke regularly. The mental addiction, is simply thinking about getting high, and it’s all in your head. You can think about it like this, you probably do not feel like eating chocolate right now, but if I come to your house and put some on the table in front of you, you will get a craving. Cannabis addiction is the same thing, it’s the reason why it’s so hard to keep weed in your house and not smoke it. Being mentally addicted to weed is 100% normal, just like being addicted to McDonalds or Soda, since the craving isn’t usually that strong, it will not decrease the quality of your life. If however the craving becomes so strong, it starts to affect your life, you might want to consider stopping. There are certain behaviors, or symptoms you should look out for.
What you should look out for:
- Lack of responsibility, is something that occurs often. If you find yourself getting high at times you shouldn’t, like during class, work or any social gathering you really shouldn’t be high for, that isn’t a good sign. If you find yourself wake’n baking before your lectures, you might want to consider cutting it down to the evenings or weekends, or any time really, as long as you have nothing important to do.
- You start avoiding social situations (drinking with friends or just hanging out) in which you won’t get high. If you stop seeing your friends that do not smoke, simply because you prefer staying at home, getting high, you might want to re-evaluate your smoking habits. It is important to socialize with people who do not smoke, because often they will be the first people to let you know you might have a problem.
- You are uncomfortable with the amount of time and/or money you spend on smoking marijuana. It doesn’t matter how much money you spend on weed, it is about reaching a point where you feel you are spending to much. For some people that’s 40$ a week, for others 500$, it depends on many factors. If you find yourself running to the coffee-shop or local dealer at night, getting weed and then regretting it, your life is staring to be affected in a negative way and you might want to consider reducing the weed in your life. The same thing counts for time, if you spend more time than you feel comfortable with, on weed, change that.
This list isn’t complete, or 100% medical, most of it comes from my own experience with weed and talks I’ve had with many stoner on the topic. If you feel like you have a problem or just want to share your experience or thoughts, don’t hesitate to do so in the comments!