Author Topic: Marijuana Legalization Timetable Set  (Read 120 times)

Offline Bubbermiley

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Re: Marijuana Legalization Timetable Set
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2017, 12:21:36 pm »
I think all of those symptoms relate to psychological addiction rather than physical addiction, but, as I said, it doesn't make a huge difference. The effects of quitting marijuana after prolonged use are an intense desire for the product (leading to irritability and anxiety and disturbed sleep); the effects of quitting alcohol or harder drugs after prolonged use are an intense desire for the product (leading to irritability and anxiety and disturbed sleep and physical sickness).

Although the physical withdrawal effects of quitting alcohol and hard drugs can be rather severe (just ask Amy Winehouse).

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Re: Marijuana Legalization Timetable Set
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2017, 06:03:54 pm »
Way back when I was a regular hippy-dippy pot smoker, I would occasionally mention that I wondered what this stuff did long term.  I was reassured by my friends that pot was positively good for you, that it 'cleared out the lungs', left nothing behind in your body, and essentially had no effect at all.  This made very little sense to me, since the whole point of pot was that it 'had an effect' and even if it were true that the pot itself did nothing to one's lungs, what about the paper it was (often) wrapped in?  My first experience with the illogic of the committed, I guess.

I did notice that about a year after I quit smoking, I was able to recognize the ways in which it had affected me mentally and emotionally, and it wasn't for the better.  But we all respond to things differently, so this is not to say that my experience was typical.   I'm not against legalization either, but I do worry about the extra strength compared to my youth and the reports of younger people having mental issues.

For the last 10-15 years it's always been a social casual thing with friends, usually when we're having drinks so the effects are different, but I know what you're talking about the paranoia which is pretty much why I put it aside as well.

When I moved back to Vancouver after a 10 year hiatus, I didn't have any connections and I was also concerned about overeating so I decided to stop.  I didn't really smoke for a long time and then a friend of mine gave me a little bag one time and I wasn't used to smoking and I remember getting super paranoid.  I kept thinking someone was in my apartment even though logically I knew my dog would bark if that was the case.  Opening the closet to look in there was a low WTF moment and I knew I'm done.

I won't say I matured out of it because I know old hippies who still smoke in their 70's, but for me it really seemed to be a youthful thing.  Or maybe the fact that I never liked going out in public was foreshadowing that it doesn't sit well with me.

I still think there is a time and place for it.  It's definitely less harmful than alcohol and I would be more worried about my kids if they turned into big drinkers than I would if they became stoners.

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Re: Marijuana Legalization Timetable Set
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2017, 01:15:06 am »
I think your study fails to distinguish physical and mental addiction. There are no physical withdrawal effects from quitting, even after smoking regularly for years, other than lucid dreams and maybe a mild headache.  But lots of people are psychologically addicted (which isn't necessarily any better).
More an observation than a study, really.  I personally had no symptoms related to withdrawal at all, physical or mental.  This was after close to a decade of nearly daily smoking.   
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