Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the world. While some sections of society demonized its use in the war on drugs, other sectors over-idealized it.
As for cannabis, nothing is white or blackAnd no professional with two index fingers and an eye for scientific evidence doubts that cannabis is not a harmless substance.
Typical excuses used not to quit cannabis
In this article I will review some of the most common excuses made by people who smoke marijuana to justify its consumption (which in many cases can be addictive).
1. It is healthier than tobacco
Many regular marijuana smokers speak proudly of its use. They are compared to people who smoke tobacco and they boast that they think they are better than them.
Unfortunately, this false reputation as a “natural and harmless product” that cannabis has acquired over the years through certain lobbies, keeps many deceived and addicted people alive for years.
It is true that smoking marijuana is less likely to develop lung cancer than smoking tobacco. But many studies claim that continued marijuana use is associated with certain respiratory and mental illnesses, such as psychotic symptoms or anxiety.
But this is something that a regular cannabis user is not interested in. It’s more comfortable to keep cheating – thinking that what you smoke is totally healthy.
Also, interestingly, a lot of cannabis smokers who claim not to smoke tobacco … yes, they do smoke tobacco. When the leeks are rolled, they mix the marijuana with rolled tobacco. Although they use less tobacco than people who smoke packaged cigarettes, they develop a nicotine addiction in addition to a psychological addiction to marijuana.
So, cannabis is not a “healthy substitute” for tobacco. It can be just as dangerous or more.
2. They don’t smoke a lot
It is very common in people with addictive behaviors or some kind of substance dependence, minimizing their use or the impact of their behaviors.
In other words, it may seem very obvious to people around you that the person is consuming too often or very high amounts. But the person who has developed an addiction will tend to value “down” what they consume.
As a psychologist, I received emails from people explaining to me that “they don’t smoke a lot”, and right after that they wrote to me that they were smoking 3 or 4 leeks a day. As a professional addiction specialist, I can safely say that it is a lot.
Perception is altered, even without being directly under the effects of the substance. Overtime, as the person developed tolerance to the substance, they also increased their consumptionFrom something sporadic to weekly or even daily consumption.
At some point, the person sees this behavior as “normal”, which contributes to making them more trapped by the addiction.
3. Schizophrenia or anxiety is passed on to others
It is true that not all marijuana smokers will develop psychotic symptoms or schizophrenia. It depends on many factors, with a significant weight of the genetic background of the person, among many others.
However, many cannabis users and lobbies who profit from their consumption downplay the existing risks and ignore the scientific and clinical evidence that marijuana use is not harmless and can have unpleasant consequences in some cases.
It is very similar to what happens with alcohol or tobacco. Consumers know full well that what they are doing is bad for themselves and others. But they choose to look away, not to prepare for such an awkward truth.
4. It helps them relax
The truth is, in the long run, cannabis can do anything but relax you. It is quite possible that just the opposite.
By developing tolerance to the effects of the substance, consumers increasingly need larger doses of the substance to experience the same effects as before.
In other words, the person who smokes marijuana on a regular basis will find it more and more difficult to achieve the state of relaxation that they are looking for.
And that won’t just happen when you smoke. Many people who ended up in therapy explained that they had experienced severe daily anxiety for some time, and that they felt unable to relax if they did not smoke large amounts.
It does not benefit the smoker, only the person selling the substance.
5. They believe they can quit smoking whenever they want
This could be the most common and paradoxical excuse for people addicted to cannabis. When someone suggests they are developing a problem, the drug addict frames the situation as if he still had “control” over his consumption. That if he continues to smoke, it’s because he wants to, not because he’s addicted.
However, when these people try to help them face reality and realize that sometimes they never find the time to quit, they respond that “they have nothing to prove”.
In such situations, pride and the illusion of control can come between the person and their recovery.
It can be very helpful for the person to ask what makes the postponement of smoking so much. You might realize that he has no control, but needs it.
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I am a psychologist specializing in addictions, And for years, I’ve been helping people get rid of drugs forever. If you or a loved one is having trouble with cannabis, please contact me. You can see more information about my work and contact details on this page.