Is Smoking Weed Once a Week Considered Addiction?
"Are you an addict if you smoke weed once a week?", a friend asked me that few weeks ago.
Addiction is considered strong need to have something on regular basis, which means that if you smoke up every week for several months you do have an addiction problem.
When I decided to stop using marijuana I was a very frequent user, several times each day to be precise. It's far worse type of addiction than the one he mentioned, and it started to affect my family as well.
A few years ago almost 5 million Americans met the criteria for abuse and dependency of marijuana. This shows us that it is a myth that marijuana isn't addictive.
Those who stop using marijuana after years of abuse experience plenty of withdrawal symptoms. They notice irritability, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, depression, and more. Weed isn't as addictive as tobacco or heroin, but 1 in every 6 teens who try weed will become addicted to it.
What about those who are smoking weed once a week? It greatly depends on when they start to smoke. If those users start smoking ganja while they are adolescents, consequences can be severe.
Research has shown us that, teens who indulge in the herb once a week over a two-year period are six times more likely to drop out of school and over three times less likely to enter college.
Moreover, kids who start using marijuana at an early age tend to have an impaired ability to experience normal emotional responses.
Plenty of young people like to ask "If I am smoking weed once a week, how does it affect my family?". Those young people don't notice the effect, and even their family might not notice the effects, at first. But, bear in mind that ganja increases the risk of schizophrenia.
Ganja also significantly increases the chances of developing other psychotic illnesses. You might be toking only during the weekend, and you might not notice how it affects those around you, but eventually they will notice.
Smoking weed once a week might not be considered an addiction, but that doesn't mean that it is safe. Smoking weed only once per week still damages your brain, research study has shown. A doctor from Harvard said that marijuana makes changes to two areas in the brain.
Both of the areas are linked to emotions and motivation and are also associated with addiction. The study also showed that when people are in the process of becoming addicted, their brains form those new connections. Even those who lightly use marijuana experience the changes in brain anatomy.
Yes, some consider that using the herb weekly can't be called an addiction, but recent research proves them wrong. It is now evident that marijuana causes a lot of harm even to light users.
You might not be an addict if you don't use marijuana often, but that doesn't mean that you are safe from the harm. Quitting weed isn't easy, but it is a necessary step towards betterment of yourself. It can be hard, but with a little bit of help from the loved ones, you will be able to do it!