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Posted by Jackie on February 15, 2000 at 18:22:53:

I've been kind of concerned about my boyfriend lately. He's 35 and has been smoking pot regularily for probobly 20 years. To his defense he does seem to be responsible about it and I don't think it has ever caused noticable problems in his life. He claims that health-wise it's not as bad for you as alcohol, and he very seldom drinks. I really have no problem with this as long as it doesn't interfere with his normal daily life. However I'm afraid that this has begun to happen. He's been depressed and stressed out lately, and this is much worse when he hasn't smoked recently. He's been having trouble concentrating and focusing, problems with remembering things, and lack of sex drive. He also gets noticably irritable when he hasn't smoked in a while. He says that none of these problems arose untill he started cutting back on his smoking, about a year ago. He's aware of all this and has admitted that these problems are probobly a result of his pot usage and recognizes that he is addicted. But he has no intention of stopping, and I really wouldn't want him to because he seems to do better when he's smoking regularily. But I am wondering how this is going to progress. Will the symptoms he's showing get worse with time? Would they get better if he stopped at this point? What other effects is he likely to manifest? And should I be worried about him more or make more of an effort to discourage his pot use? I love him and want him to be happy, and I don't want to make his addiction an issue between us unless it is necessary.

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