Is marijuana addictive?

  1. A couple of us were having this discussion tonight. One nurses says no it is not addictive. I said "well I've know some potheads who couldn't stop smoking, couldn't face life without pot, etc." Sounds like an addict to me.

    She says it's not been proven to be physically addictive.

    Actually, I'm of the belief anything can be addictive, especially if it's mood altering, or even endorphin raising.
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  3. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    I think it is addictive...it is after all a drug. However, I feel it is probably less addictive than other drugs.
  4. by   Stargazer
    I've never heard or read anything that says that marijuana or THC causes physical addiction either. I do believe that certain people with addictive tendencies can become psychologically dependent on it (of course, the same could be argued of almost any substance).

    Any addiction specialists here (paging Molly J!), feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the main danger of marijuana is that it has been shown to be a "gateway" drug to substances that ARE physically adicting.
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    Marijuana is NOT physically addictive. A person can become psychologically dependent on it, but the worst thing weed does is to rob one of whatever ambition he or she might have.....at least, while he/she is using it. It also helps one to relax, relieves chronic pain, and produces mild euphoria which leaves one still in control of one's body, and does not result in puking up one's guts a few hours later or feeling guilty about whatever one did during the blackout phase.
  6. by   PsychoRN
    Yup, I agree. It's not physically addictive but can cause psychological dependence.
    Last edit by PsychoRN on Dec 11, '02
  7. by   emily_mom
    My brother says no....

    Kristy
  8. by   sjoe
    posted by Belinda: "I think it is addictive...it is after all a drug"

    So is aspirin a drug.

    The confusion in the original post is due to using the word "addictive" in two different ways, only one of which is accurate.

    THC is not physically addictive, but can be habituating, just like reading, overeating, surfing BBs (oops), or watching TV can be.

    The best books on addiction, IMHO, are by Stanton Peele, for further reading.
  9. by   2amigos
    Speaking from personal experience (hey, I was a child of the 70's), pot is only psychologically addictive if you're prone to addictions. I agree about the lethargy that it can cause while smoking it. Personally, if it weren't illegal, I'd rather have a joint once in a while than a drink. JMO.
    Cheryl Moore
  10. by   hoolahan
    Well I don't know about all of that, but I will say this, my pressures in my eyes are borderline for glaucome, so when I retire, I hope it is either legal or I can find someone willing to seel it to an old lady!
  11. by   semstr
    not physical, but for certain personalities psychological.
    I don't give a s... about that stuff, but then I come from a country where it is not illegal to smoke it and so it is not that interesting any more.
  12. by   Q.
    It also helps one to relax, relieves chronic pain, and produces mild euphoria which leaves one still in control of one's body, and does not result in puking up one's guts a few hours later or feeling guilty about whatever one did during the blackout phase.
    So does toradol and methadone.

    Even if marijuana hasn't been proven of late to be physically addictive, too much of ANYTHING is bad - even water.


    Luckily for me, I work with two cutting edge Pharmacology and Toxicology research fellows; I'll ask them what the latest research has shown.
  13. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by semstr
    not physical, but for certain personalities psychological.
    I don't give a s... about that stuff, but then I come from a country where it is not illegal to smoke it and so it is not that interesting any more.
    I may be the only person in my generation who's never tried it; but it always seems a little odd to me that something you could grow in your backyard could be illegal to possess. Prohibition didn't work for alcohol; I don't think it's working for marijuana either. Might as well make it legal and tax it. Those countries who have legalized it don't seem to be having any problems with it.
  14. by   RRMLPN
    not so sure i agree with the part about it leaves you in control of your body.. maybe control at a much slower response rate. has seen the psychological addiction first hand and boy was he hard to live with when he didn't have it!!! so have a tendency to think to some people it is physically addictive, just happy i no longer have to live in the same house with this person lol.

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