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Old 08-21-2006, 11:04 PM   #1
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Why isnt pot considered a physical addiction?

I have been smoking for a very long time. I would never compare the physical aspects of addiction to pot with others such as meth or heroine etc. I used meth heavily for years so i know too well the pain of withdrawl. However i have another addiction i would like to put an end to but I am having a hard time b/c of mental/physical symptoms. The first thing is trying to stop myself from thinking I need to "relax". The other issues are intense stomach pain, diarrhea, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, depression. Now these are not terrible like coming off other things but wouldnt that be considered a physical addiction in the sense my body physically has adapted to being stoned all the time and is now experiencing physical symtoms from a long time steady level of THC that has dropped? Also I have had to use more and more to achieve the desired result so in the end wouldnt it technically be physicaly addicting? I guess maybe it can be to some and not to others? I guess I am feeling like I am crazy for feeling these things when supposedly it is not physically addictive.

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Old 08-22-2006, 08:01 AM   #2
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Re: Why isnt pot considered a physical addiction?

Truthfully I don't know the answer but it could be those symptoms you are describing can be brought on by mental stress and it isn't the withdrawal of the drug that is actually doing it to you. That is just a guess. I know several people that got off long term pot use without symptoms. But as I said, just guessing here.
Years ago I went through a very stressful few days and exhibited all the symptoms you described.
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Old 08-22-2006, 08:45 AM   #3
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Re: Why isnt pot considered a physical addiction?

I'd be inclined to agree with lala.... mental states can cause physical symptoms, so it is possible that stopping pot can indirectly lead to physical symptoms. I once had a friend who swore up and down that pot causes a physical addiction because he felt it. But it is rare and the majority of people who stop don't feel anything physical... myself, I'd been a heavy user for a full decade and felt nothing physical when I stopped.

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