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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-04-09 11:29 AM
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12. Addiction has two components:
physical dependence and irresistible cravings. People can be dependent on drugs from insulin to pain medication and suffer terrible physical consequences when the drugs are withdrawn, but experience no cravings.

With grass, the people who want to sleep their way through life (your "losers") might crave being numb, but there is no dependence component. They will have no physical symptoms when the town goes dry but they will be very unhappy at being fully awake in the world.

Pot is simply not addictive. There are no physical symptoms on discontinuing it suddenly. There is no craving for the drug, itself, only a longing for the state it produces.

Yes, some people want to numb out all day every day and they will be heavy users. Not all of them are losers, though. Some of them are quite high functioning, I've known them.

However, people who want to numb themselves will always find a way to do just that, whether through pot or alcohol or Valium or old time religion. Pot is the least harmful of any of them.
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