Cannabis Addiction

Being natural is normal. Being you without any exogenous chemicals is normal. But when you use a substance to get high while hiding behind the excuse, “it makes me normal,” then something is clearly wrong. No drug can make you normal. People want to see the real you and if you’re saying that drugs make you normal, then there is something that you’re doing wrong. Cannabis addiction is notorious for making users believe that the high makes the normal.

Drugs were never created to make you feel normal. There are many arguments behind the creation of drugs, but almost everyone will agree that drugs are not a replacement of your personality. If your personality is changing while experimenting with a drug, then please stop using the drug. If anything good is to be observed from drugs, it’s perhaps their great ability to make you more creative, allow you to think outside the box and relax more efficiently. But your personality must remain congruent with these drug-induced states, or else you’re allowing the drug to mold your personality into someone you’re not.

Cannabis Addiction is Real

Many people are still under the impression that you can’t get addicted to cannabis. Many uneducated people continue to push the line, “weed hasn’t killed anyone.” Cannabis addiction has nothing to do with deaths. Drugs such as cocaine, meth, MDMA and PCP can lead to deaths, but cannabis is not one of them. What cannabis shares in common with all other drugs is the potential for psychological addiction. The fact that cannabis doesn’t cause deaths is even more appealing to users. They believe, “if weed isn’t that bad, then why not keep using it?”

The physical safety net of cannabis acts like a reinforcer for people to keep using the drug. The more a person uses, the more they need to consume to get a similar high. This is because their mind, at the receptor and neurotransmitter level, becomes desensitized to the THC; it needs more of it to feel as high as before. So the user consumes more or spends more money on a higher quality product, until they become tolerant to the new dose. In addition, with practice comes perfection. A user will also learn how to more effectively function under a high state of mind, motivating them to consume the drug in different situations.

Overall, the idea of cannabis addiction is something to keep in the back of your mind if you’re a regular user. Reminding yourself of this possibility can help you regulate your intake, especially if you find yourself toking more. There is no shame in catching yourself smoking more and having to cut back down. Your mental health comes first; having fun always comes second.

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11 Replies to “Cannabis Addiction”

  1. Harken's Headers – Harken's Headers is a random idea at a random moment trying out this new thing people call Digital Writing. We will see how it goes. Knowing me, it will include some humor, wit, awkwardness and possibly make you think. Even might make me think as well. Stay tuned and see what I come up with in this randomized, awkward journey. Harken Headers is an avid learner as well as researcher of many topics including but not limited to health, nutrition, herbalism, European folk culture and lifestyle medicine. Harken lives wherever the wind blows gaining experience, knowledge and testing that knowledge out firsthand to share with people like you. Health & Not Screwing It Up is Harken's 1st book.
    Harken's Headers says:

    “Being natural is normal. Being substance-free is normal. Being you without any exogenous chemicals is normal.”

    Very well said.

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      Thank you 🙂

      1. Harken's Headers – Harken's Headers is a random idea at a random moment trying out this new thing people call Digital Writing. We will see how it goes. Knowing me, it will include some humor, wit, awkwardness and possibly make you think. Even might make me think as well. Stay tuned and see what I come up with in this randomized, awkward journey. Harken Headers is an avid learner as well as researcher of many topics including but not limited to health, nutrition, herbalism, European folk culture and lifestyle medicine. Harken lives wherever the wind blows gaining experience, knowledge and testing that knowledge out firsthand to share with people like you. Health & Not Screwing It Up is Harken's 1st book.
        Harken's Headers says:

        You are welcome

  2. justMikeyF – Join me on my daily thoughts, opinions or just stories I relive. Born in the Bronx on April 1979 to two amazing parents life was gonna be forever be changed. Bare with me as I update this site. I will be adding to everything daily. -MikeyF
    Mikey F says:

    What if someones normal comes from what that drug does for them? In my experience anyone that says that they feel normal after taking anything that alters your so called normal has some type of mental disability. So maybe it does help some feel normal because of there disability. Just asking not debating! -justmikeyf

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      I agree with that. I’m referring to those who have no problems but claim that drugs “make me normaL”

      1. justMikeyF – Join me on my daily thoughts, opinions or just stories I relive. Born in the Bronx on April 1979 to two amazing parents life was gonna be forever be changed. Bare with me as I update this site. I will be adding to everything daily. -MikeyF
        justMikeyF says:

        Those are the ones that just wanna get high. Instead of saying it makes you normal they should be honest and say they like being high. Ty for clarification.

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