The following is a rebuttal of a website that was supposed to confirm that marijuana causes physical withdrawal symptoms like booze or heroin. Click on the link below for the article.
“Marijuana—Addiction and Other Issues.”
Overall I thought the University of Wisconsin -- Madison piece was naïve, scientifically invalid and sophomoric. The article was written by people who probably never gotten high in their life and have no idea what the Spirit of Woodstock is all about. To me to be afraid of grass is to be afraid of your own mind and a rejection of one's own humanity. I repeat, this statement is my apostate, non-conformist worldview.
I welcome any comments that will help clear up some of the misconceptions and delusions surrounding mj (incuding my own wild, unsupported assertions). Let’s get at the truth; the country has suffered Reefer Madness long enough and many innocent souls are rotting in jail for nothing more than getting high.
The italicized excerpts are from the piece.
But just because addiction doesn’t occur in all users, or even most users, doesn’t mean that addiction doesn’t happen to any user.
We can use the same argument to outlaw booze, cigs and even motor cars. A tiny percentage of people who take a sip of merlot become hopeless winos; does this mean we should close the wineries in California? A percentage of people who drive become reckless maniacs; does this mean we should shut down GMC and Ford?
Addiction to marijuana has the same features as addiction to other substances.
Absolutely not. Marijuana is not physical addictive, so how can it have the same features? There are no nausea nor delirium tremors on withdrawal. There is strong physical addiction in heroin and especially alcohol.
After a period of regular controlled use, users gradually develop an inability to consistently use within the limits that they have set for themselves.
Not so. In fact, continued usage of mj leads to less usage. An experienced “head” can take one or two hits for the desired effect. This is the opposite of alcohol where the imbiber has to take more and more to feel relief. This results in liver, kidney and eventually heart problems. Yet alcohol is legal and mj not.
Use won’t just result in “fun” or “getting high”; it will lead to problems with job performance, school performance, interpersonal relationships, or even health.
Suppose mj were legal and everybody got high, then being square would result in damaged job performance, school performance and interpersonal relationships. The fact is grass increases the ability to concentrate. Society has created insane conditions and then blamed grass for not fitting in with the conditions. DEA agents throw paraquat on marijuana plants and then blame mj for getting people sick. These are the actions of a government at war with its own people.
How about the University of Wisconsin doing an experiment to test learning ability of a “high” class versus a “straight or normal” class. Keep everything scientifically correct. I’ll bet the high group does okay—and if the class is creative writing or art related, my money’s on the freaks.
As far as “even health” goes, please name the organs that are sickened by THC. The lungs aren’t a factor: if good grass were available, one or two hits would suffice for a good buzz. Lungs damage is negligible compared to cigs. With a strong addiction to cigarettes (aren't they all?) the victim will inhale each cig around ten times. With a two-pack-a-day habit, that's four hundred administrations of the addiction every day. What else do you do 400 times a day other than breathe? Yet tobacco is legal and mj not.
Grass even has a built-in safety device: if people overuse, they’ll simply pass out and wake up without even a hangover. Nobody ever ODed on cannabis. Legal anti-depressants cause all kinds of damage and controversy, and some deaths. Fluoxetine (Prozac), as with most antidepressants, can cause nausea, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, drowsiness and loss of appetite. No one ever developed stomachaches because of smoking grass.
Abuse, which involves continued use despite legal, occupational, or academic problems (e.g., recurrent use after an arrest for impaired driving, or after a drug-related work suspension) is more common.
If cannabis were legal none of these problems would exist. Automobile drivers on pot have increased consciousness of the speed they’re going. Thirty mph seems like 60 and the driver is well aware of how much damage an accident at that speed would do. Most suburban drivers coming home from work have no consciousness of speed, just over or under the speed limit. Accidents happen because of stress and grass helps relieve stress.
People who have used marijuana as a way to control underlying anger may also experience irritability, increased mood swings
Since when does mj claim to cure people’s personal, social or medical problems? (In the latter it actually can, at least slow up degeneration in the case of glaucoma.) This is like putting Novocain on a terrible toothache and then blaming the Novocain for the resumption of pain when it wears off. If a person is angry and violent to begin with, of course he/she is going to have mood swings as the high wears off. He’s changing from one conscious state to another and if he’s angry initially, it makes sense he’s irritable, but don’t blame the grass.
and even an increase in aggressive behavior, as symptoms of withdrawal.
I’d like to see studies to support this. Angry and aggressive people smoke for a while. They calmed down considerably. Somebody takes the grass away and they become more angry and aggressive than they were before they started. Sure, they’re mad because somebody took their grass away.