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  • #31021
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    Hi, I´m a cannabis addict, i wrote my story someplace in the past here. I´ve been reading most of the cannabis related threads in the past, and there are some very interesting and helpful ones. In some of the cases, i´d rather not call any names, in the beginning the individual seemed to be very motivated and after a while they couldn´t bare the withdrawal and i have the impression they ended up justifying the use, kind of like myself. I managed for like 6 months and i just couldn´t bare anymore the suffering without it.
    I´d like to know more of u who are struggling with cannabis addiction, but real potheads like myself, that smoke MJ heavily, and the ones who have written be4, let´s keep sharing, i know most of everything is already said in those past threads, but still, i am uncomfortable with the fact that quite a number of individuals just couldn´t stop.
    I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE MODERATOR/WEBMASTER IF there could be a specific topic 4 CANNABIS in substance abuse in 12 Step National Meetings, like with nicotine and alcohol, because i beleive that MJ addicts need their own space here.
    After much reasearch and reading all of the cannabis related threads, I´ve come 2 da conclusion that pot addiction is underrated, I think that the psycological addiction of MJ can be the hardest of all drugs, there are nasty withdrawal symptoms that last 4 a long time, (tell some of us about it!). Yes in the beginning it made me creative, and emotional, insightful, blah, blah, blah, i ended up catatonic in my bed4 many years, with the amotivational syndrome kicking in 100%.
    I want out, i really do, I will try again, now with more info and knowing what to expect, which is horrible, now i feel angry, with rage against MJ, hope this motivation kicks in even harder, to me it´s like a war.
    Also the ones who posted be4 or anyone struggling with cannabis keep posting!!, or are we just gonna give up like that?

    bicycles rule!!!

    #161321
    Anonymous
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    Made a little math to scare me a bit: 365 days multiplied by 19 years of addiction = 6935 days, multiplied by 3 joints a day= around 20, 805 joints in my whole life!!,
    I am ashamed of this, how much damage!, I´m amazed i haven´t blown up my brain yet!

    FOUND THIS REGARDING CANNABIS ADDICTION:
    General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
    (in order of perceived risk)

    The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), published by the American Psychiatric Association (2000), defined “Cannabis Dependence” as follows:

    “Cannabis Dependence (DSM-IV diagnostic category 304.30):

    A. Cannabis abuse: A destructive pattern of cannabis use, leading to significant social, occupational, or medical impairment.

    B. Must have three (or more) of the following, occurring when the cannabis use was at its worst:

    C. Cannabis tolerance: Either need for markedly increased amounts of cannabis to achieve intoxication, or markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of cannabis.

    D. Greater use of cannabis than intended: Cannabis was often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended

    E. Unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control cannabis use: Persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control cannabis use
    . Great deal of time spent in using cannabis, or recovering from hangovers
    . Cannabis caused reduction in social, occupational or recreational activities: Important social, occupational, or recreational activities given up or reduced because of cannabis use , Continued using cannabis despite knowing it caused significant problems: Continued cannabis use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been worsened by cannabis.”

    #161303
    Anonymous
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    I will bring your suggestion to the attention of the administrators.

    In the meantime you could make this the official “cannabis” thread.:)

    Ganja was one of my common DOC too.

    #161337
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    I, too, am a recovery pothead. Sometimes I believe the hype and wonder if I’m a ‘2nd class addict’ due to marijuana’s reputation as a ‘less serious addiction’.

    It’s taken many years for me to quit, and by no means was it easy. I’ve had my fair share of losses… mostly loss of monies, opportunities, and basically a full life.

    I could snort a line of Coke, Ketamin, Meth, Molly, you name it, and not be addicted. But marijuana always had a special place in my heart. I’ve actually scoured my carpet looking for bits and pieces to smoke. I’ve approached shady people in strange neighborhoods looking for dime bags.

    I agree there should be a section for recovering potheads. There is MA, after all.

    #161334
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    I’m a cannibis addict, for the 25 years in fact — but I never discuss it here because I don’t consider it very relevant to my situation. Ditto for cigarettes and coffee.

    Once I am convinced that I am opiate free I might work on other areas of self-improvement, the #1 change would have to be cigarettes. It’s horrible being a nicotine slave, and I’d love to quit cigarettes.

    Here’s how I see it: “Addiction” is not a bad thing in itself. Some people are addicted to jogging in the morning. Some people are addicted to crossword puzzles. Not every addiction is damaging, some are even helpful. I’m not going to go so far as to say that a marijuana addiction makes me a better person, but it certainly is unclear that there’s any damage at all. Compare that to opiates, where even a blind person could see that it was destroying me.

    Of course, not everybody is the same. To some people marijuana is a very damaging addiction and they would be much better off to quit. So just because I sound ambivalent about quitting pot, don’t take that as an endorsement. Anybody who says that they have a problem with marijuana is almost certainly correct.

    I hope my cavalier attitude with pot doesn’t anger anybody here but I am just callin’ it like I see it.

    Cheers
    x-j

    #161317
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    I am not an addict of smoking pot, I have smoked it but just when someone has it or every once in a while, my son however had a problem w/pot and he has been smoking it since he was 12, he s now 19, married with a baby, so he quit when his wife was pregnant and now he only smokes on occasion. I dont know if he still smokes or not.

    #161305
    Anonymous
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    Weed. I can take it or leave it. I don’t see much harm in it other than it is illegal.

    Gateway drug? So are cigarettes.

    I choose not to smoke because of the paranoia. I quit for a coupla years and started back. For some reason it began to make me paranoid.

    #161322
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    thanx all 4 posting, First let me make clear that this thread is 4 da struggles in heavily addicted potheads, If you´re coming off from another addiction and you´re not a 100% pothead, you might not fully understand what we speak of here, usually happens that you might compare our addiction with yours and that makes us loose focus on our thread, still any comment is welcome, but just let me point out that here we consider MJ being very “hard” on us. Just keep in mind please. Also, if u have a fellow struggling pothead friend, please invite him to join this thread, he don´t have 2 be clean 2 post, just share his thoughts.
    Exjunki I totally understand your position in being MJ helpuf to quit opiates, but even if you´re recovering from the needle, if u smoke 2 much weed it´ll hurt you somehow, but I don´t agree that “it´s unsure if there is any damage” of course there is, tell me about it!!!.
    CANNABIS: A WRONG PERCEPTION:
    The thing is that since MJ is perceived as a “less serious drug”, this wrong perception is what causes it to be so cunning, deceiving, and even more dangerous, thing is, It´s so easy getting addicted to it, probably because the first experiences are nice and pleasant, or made us feel better coming off from another addiction or depression, but after a while with continual use, MJ takes over!, and that my friends, i can guarantee!, It´s a law , it´s the nature of MJ addiction and I don´t wanna discuss it because it´s a fact!, Cannabis addiction simply takes a longer time to cause tangible negative effects unlike “harder” drugs, which we all know will kill ya quickly, MJ maybe doesn´t kill if abused, but it certainly possesses your soul and causes a specific damage well documented scientifically: AMOTIVATIONAL SYNDROME, not living a fullfilling life, being careless lazy and unmotivated, not to mention short term memory is severely affected, also blocks energy and metaphisical channels, and that´s heavy damage, don´t u think?
    I repeat, think of this: MJ might be one of the hardest psycological drugs to quit, ok phisically maybe not, but in the MJ addcited mind I think it´s in par with alcoholism or opiates, I tried and abused most of the “hard” drugs on the planet, but never got really addicted 2 them, only MJ.
    Also, MJ is one tough thing 2 abandon because it stays way longer than any other “hard” drug in our system, and that´s cruel, how can this “benign drug” we have worshipped be so rough on us once we decide to leave it?, so the simple fact that MJ stays longer than “hard” drugs in our system makes it a “hard” drug to me, The first month when i quit i couldn´t think, work, do simple tasks, sleep, had anxiety attacks, hell on earth. the other 5 months were a bit better, but the cravings got exponential, and i went back 2 continual abuse, SO KEEP CONFUSING MJ AS A “BENIGN” DRUG, IF YOU´RE ADDCTED, TRY QUITTING AND THEN TELL ME AGAIN IT´S A “BENIGN” DRUG , YEA RIGHT!!!

    KEEP POSTING PLEASE.

    #161318
    Anonymous
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    Was a “Gateway” drug for me without question….

    #161306
    Anonymous
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    Oxygen was THE gateway drug for me.

    #161314
    Anonymous
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    I had a problem with pot for a long time, I got angry when it wasn’t around and if I didn’t toke up before bed i couldn’t sleep much at all.
    I had memory problems when smoking it ..I couldn’t remember what someone asked me to do 2 seconds later.
    I craved it bad .. and still think about smoking it, but i don’t go there because my clean time means more to me at this time than getting a buzz on does.
    It was a gateway drug for me … the drugs i tried after pot were progresively more and more damaging. Not to say that pot isn’t.
    Pot is a drug and drugs cause problems for most of us.

    Best wishes …Joe

    #161335
    Anonymous
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    @emmer 1492799 wrote:

    I had a problem with pot for a long time, I got angry when it wasn’t around and if I didn’t toke up before bed i couldn’t sleep much at all.
    I had memory problems when smoking it ..I couldn’t remember what someone asked me to do 2 seconds later.
    I craved it bad .. and still think about smoking it, but i don’t go there because my clean time means more to me at this time than getting a buzz on does.
    It was a gateway drug for me … the drugs i tried after pot were progresively more and more damaging. Not to say that pot isn’t.
    Pot is a drug and drugs cause problems for most of us.

    I wish I could tell you how wrong you are, but I can’t, ’cause you’re right.

    #161307
    Anonymous
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    I wonder if any pot addicts have ever knocked over an ice cream store?

    #161313
    Anonymous
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    i completely agree with this post and have searched for years for someone to have this same feeling about this drug.

    I usually post on the friends and family log as my sons father is a hard core pot head.
    if he dosent smoke/get high within an hour or two of waking up I’ve seen him start to go into physical withdrawl. sweating, irritability, he complains of stomach cramps, feels as if he is coming down with the flu, neaseuas ect…. the minute he smoke.. BAMM!! he feels great. he smoke during the day- LUNCH -to get through the day and he will attest he Absolutly cannot sleep at night (insominia) another withdrawl symptom, unless he smokes. HE averages about 3-4 Blunts a day… He has been smoking this amount for about 8-9 years.
    When I met him 6 years ago, he just graduated from college, had a new truck and was working 2 jobs.
    Now, he is living in his mamma’s basement, unemployed, cant even get a part time job as he cant pass a drug test, and has had virtually no contact with my son in 2 years as he will not agree to a few safety rules i have put into place due to his drug use. He also began selling drugs to support his weed habit..
    he has lost everything finacially, socially, mentally, and within his family..
    THis is just what all those other “hard” drugs do too…. Different drug, yet same result.

    my sons father may not be robbing convient stores but he is not living either. ITs like living with someone on a ventilator, yeah, hes breating …. but thats about it.
    he is not able to contribute to his life, or his childrens life in any way shape or form.

    Thank you for this post!!

    #161323
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    Hi, gooday, Tracee sad t hear about your sons father, hope someday he gets better.
    Well I´d like 2 share an issue I have which can make my rocovery harder, and that´s due to a person I care of very much, and thats my mom. First we have a good relation i go see her a couple of times a week.
    She has always been an addict, to pills and for around 15 years a heavy alcoholic, she quit 5 years ago the alcohol, but she ´s taken up MJ heavily as a substitute, she has some medical issues where she claims MJ heals her, as a matter of fact her shrink and doctor say it´s ok 4 her to use pot as medicine, maybe so, but she is abusing, when I tel her about my struggles with MJ and my abstinence decision, she agreees that in my particular case, quitting MJ in a no brainer, considering how much time I´ve lost in smoke, but she sais that in her case, she has already done a life, she has nothing 2 worry about, she´s finacially secure 4 life, and all she wants is to be in her garden all day smoking pot, reading and teaching literature lessons.
    I try to make her see that ok, MJ makes her feel better, but I see that her vital energy is being sucked away notoriously, a 58 year old lady cannot be smoking pot all day, but she does. If she doesen´t smoke, she gets psycotic, absolutely outtahand.
    My struggle here is I am the one who has 2 buy her the MJ, and since I´m getting clean, I don´t plan on buying anymore, and that´s gonna be a problem with her, Where we live is a small place and there´s no one else can get her the MJ.
    Inside of me I know I should´t care for anyone xcept my recovery, but my mom is in an active addict state, with permission from her doctors, and crazy as it may sound I kind of have “the obligation” to get her the stuff, sounds surrealistic, but it is, and I know she cannot tolerate abstinence cause I repeat she does go berzerk psycho.
    I was just wondering if any of u can share a thought on this matter, cause I don´t know what to make in this particular situation.
    thanx

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