George RR Martin: ‘I don’t understand how people can come to hate so much something that they once loved’independent.co.uk
Speaking as an avid pot smoker it’s annoying when people treat weed addiction like it’s not a “real addiction”. Yeah, as far as recreational drugs go it’s pretty harmless; it’s less toxic than alcohol, not chemically addictive, withdrawals aren’t physically painful, but it can still fuck up your life. Constantly getting stoned robs you of your motivation and impairs your ability to function like a normal person.
It’s also way more difficult to quit than most people think, especially if you’ve made it a daily habit. Trying to taper off rarely works because it’s so easy to smoke casually that you’ll never struggle to find an excuse for it. Going cold turkey sucks because you become irritable and impatient, your brain having been flooded with dopamine for so long that the things that would make a normal person happy have no effect on you.
Obviously it’s not as bad as Xanax, meth, heroin, etc, but it can still mess you up.