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I am a long-time marijuana smoker having started over 50 years ago. Over the last 20 years I have also been a prodigious marijuana smoker imbibing multiple times every day. I have used it primarily to treat anxiety, reduce stress and to enjoyably alter my consciousness.

addiction_cycle.jpgSome might claim that I am addicted to marijuana. Addiction is defined online at dictionary.com as “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” 

I recently had the opportunity to determine if I was addicted. On September 9 I took off from LAX for 10 days of snorkeling, hiking and sightseeing in Maui. Flying with marijuana has always been fraught with fears of arrest and even in these days of tolerance as legalization continues to make advances, being caught with some bud can cause problems. 

inspection.jpgI have always been super cautious as I appear to be a “person-of-interest” when it comes to inspections. Twice when flying, twice when returning from an ocean cruise and more times than I can remember when crossing the border into the U.S. from either Mexico or Canada, I have been pulled from the line of people waiting to be inspected to be taken to a private room where a government agent conducted a personal inspection of my luggage.   Over the last couple years, when I arrived at my destination or returned home from flights, I have found notices enclosed in my luggage that they had been inspected by government agents.

As a consequence, I never have any cannabis on my person or in my luggage where I am likely to undergo an inspection. Usually when I arrive at my destination, like when I was in Washington DC last March to attend Americans for Safe Access National Unity Conference, it was easy to score marijuana so I didn’t go without. Unfortunately, this was not to happen on my trip to Maui,

maui_wowie.jpgIn the land of the fabled Maui-Wowie one might think it would be relatively easy to score, but it is not. Although medical marijuana is legal in Hawaii, I was informed that there was only one legal dispensary in Maui and that my medical marijuana recommendation from a California doctor would not cut it in the “Aloha state.” Not knowing anyone living there, I had no local sources to score for me.

I wasn’t about to hang around sleezy bars, dim alleys or any other usual haunts where marijuana may be found so for the next 10 days, I went without so much as a single hit. It is the longest period of non-consumption that I can remember enduring over at least the last 25 years.

I was soon to find out if I was addicted to marijuana to the extent that I was “enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” 

trauma.png“Trauma” is a very subjective word, but one definition found in Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury.” Fair enough – trauma can be psychological as well as physical so did I experience physical and/or psychological trauma when I ceased consuming for 10 days?

There were no tremors, sweats, shaking, nausea, vomiting and hallucinations which are commonly associated with abstinence from alcohol or other addictive substances that had been consumed consistently over a long period of time. Even though some anti-cannabis aficionados may go overboard in describing the perils of cannabis, most of the reefer-madness crowd of drug warriors admit that the physical manifestations of marijuana withdrawal are minor.

stoned.jpgNot so for the psychological withdrawal symptoms. Claims of psychological addiction to marijuana are the stock-in-trade for groups like SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) which claim that marijuana withdrawal symptoms run the gamut from weakness, hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness), and psychomotor retardation to anxiety, restlessness, depression, and insomnia.

During the entire 10 days I experienced no weakness, no hypersomnia or the slowing of my ability to do things. Although I do use marijuana to treat anxiety, I didn’t seem to develop any when I was not able to use it. Further I had no problems falling asleep. Although cannabis does indeed help with these concerns, I probably had none due to the fact that I spent my entire Maui stay snorkeling, hiking and exploring so that diving.jpgby the end of the day, being 73, I was too worn down to have any energy left for anxiety and all my body wanted to do was get a good night’s sleep.

As for being depressed, I wouldn’t say I was depressed when I couldn’t find any marijuana, but I was disappointed.  If I had really been craving it, I would certainly have been out scrounging around and no doubt I would found it, but I was not about to sacrifice time away from swimming with fishes or hiking in the rainforest to search out some local bud.

chocolate_shake.jpgDid I miss smoking marijuana? I sure did, but I like to compare it to chocolate milk shakes. I love chocolate milk shakes – they are a culinary delight that is a definite physical sensory pleasure of the highest order. One could say I was addicted to them as I would drink three to four chocolate milk shakes a week.

The problem is there are over 1,000 calories in an average milk shake and here I was consuming over a day’s worth of calories every week in just chocolate milk shakes. Not good so I cut my milk shake consumption down to one a month at most.

When I pretty much cease drinking them, I had no physical withdrawal symptoms. But I did have psychological symptoms because I liked drinking them and when I stopped, I missed drinking them. Cannabis is the same way – when I stopped smoking cannabis, I missed smoking because I so enjoy smoking. For example, I am writing this missive totally stoned not typewritter.pngbecause it helps me write better, but because I so thoroughly enjoy being stoned that it makes the time spent writing more entertaining, exciting and enjoyable.

I miss consuming marijuana but that is not depression and it certainly is not the result of substance addiction. When you stop doing something you like, stop consuming something you like or stop seeing someone you like, you just miss it – it doesn’t mean you were addicted.

I am now back from Maui and have resumed my daily multiple consumption of cannabis. Unlike chocolate milk shakes which are bad for me because of all the saturated fat, sodium and sugar contained in each 1,000+ calorie shake, cannabis provides multiple health benefits. Reducing the risk of cancer, ying_yang.pngstrengthening the immune system, facilitating neurogenesis (creation of new nerve cells), enabling a good night’s sleep, mitigating depression without anti-psychotics and in the elderly slowing the development of Alzheimer’s, treating glaucoma, providing chronic pain relief and lessening movement disorders.

Further because it is so fun and relaxing, it promotes socialization and consciousness alteration without the use of alcohol. One might reasonably conclude that it is aexercise_etc-page-001.jpg bad thing that cannabis is not addicting. Imagine how healthy our communities would be if exercise, eating veggies and consuming cannabis were addicting.

It is good that I was able to quit smoking marijuana without any withdrawal symptoms because it is not addicting, but not smoking marijuana for 10 days was not good for my health. I certainly hope that the day will come when traveling with marijuana is as de rigueur as traveling with clean underwear.

I also hope the day will come when I can travel without fear of incessant inspections and am no longer a person-of-interest. 

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I think about taking a break sometimes, I don't smoke but I use Bhang everyday.


I love growing and trying different strains etc.

Been having arthritis problems and I need to get pretty Bhanged in the morning to have pain relief through the day.

I don't mind being stoned, but I would sometimes think I need to do something different maybe.


I've found that drinking green tea helps my mental clarity.

I'm doing 5mg of prednisone every other day to prevent flare ups.

That's the only prescription meds I take and I'm going to quit taking that slowly.


I have seen though that you can quit marijuana without going to a treatment facility.

Makes me laugh when I hear about such places.

Lot of hype and really spoiled people.




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After I was raided everything went out of wack with my health, later I realized it was too much cortisone shooting out. I thought perhaps my receptors were full and decided to take a break to clean them. I did not go through any withdrawal. What I did end up with all my symptoms, and some I forgot about, came back, in 3 days.

This is what I tell people, when you go off cannabis, you will then experience pain and other issues that cannabis treats. What you feel is not withdrawal, but your symptoms coming back that cannabis has taken care of.

Those that say they are addicted, only have a habit, it is not addictive period, and more then likely when they stop what happens is what I Mentioned above, but they denote it to withdrawal, which it is not. It is impossible to be addicted to cannabis. You may love it, but you are not addicted.

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In Europe it´s common to smoke your reefer with tobacco and taking a break from that will produce a first class turky with cold sweats for days and no sleep at all!!

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Don't forget tobacco completely alters the the chemical reactions in your body, as a central nervous stimulant/depressant, tobacco dulls your high...





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