5 excuses used by cannabis smokers for not quitting
Typical excuses used by many cannabis smokers for not stopping the habit.
Cannabis is the most widely consumed illegal drug worldwide. While there are sectors of society that have demonized its use in the war on drugs, other sectors have overly romanticized it.
When it comes to cannabis, nothing is black and white.And no professional with two fingers in front and an eye on the scientific evidence doubts that cannabis is not a harmless substance.
The typical excuses used for not quitting cannabis.
In this article, I am going to review some of the most common excuses that people who smoke marijuana use to justify their consumption to justify their consumption (which in many cases can be addictive).
1. It is healthier than tobacco
Very many regular marijuana smokers talk proudly about their consumption. They compare themselves to people who smoke tobacco, and boast that they are better off than them..
Unfortunately, this false reputation of "natural and harmless product" that cannabis has acquired over the years thanks to certain lobbies, makes many people live deceived and hooked for years.
It is true that smoking marijuana you are less likely to develop lung Cancer than smoking tobacco. But many studies affirm that the continued consumption of marijuana is related to some respiratory illnesses, as well as mental illnesses, such as psychotic symptoms or anxiety.
But this is of no interest to a regular cannabis user. It is more comfortable to continue fooling themselves into thinking that what they are smoking is totally healthy..
In addition, curiously enough, many cannabis smokers who claim not to smoke tobacco... they are smoking tobacco. When they roll joints, they mix marijuana with rolling tobacco. Although they consume smaller amounts of tobacco than people who smoke pack cigarettes, they are developing an addiction to nicotine, in addition to the psychological dependence on marijuana.
Therefore, cannabis is not a "healthy substitute" for tobacco.. It can be equally or more dangerous.
2. They do not smoke much
It is very common among people with addictive behaviors or some kind of substance dependence to minimize their consumption or the impact of their behaviors.
That is, it may seem very obvious to the people around them that the person is using too often or too much. But the person who has developed a dependence will tend to evaluate "downward" what he or she is consuming..
As a psychologist, I have even received emails from people telling me that they "don't smoke much", and then writing to me that they smoked 3 or 4 joints every day. As a professional specialist in addictions, I can safely say that this is a lot.
Perception is altered, even without being directly under the effects of the substance. With the passage of time, as the person has developed tolerance to the substance, his or her consumption has also escalated from sporadic to sporadic, from sporadic to sporadic.from sporadic to weekly or even daily use.
At a certain point, the person considers this behavior "normal", which contributes to being more trapped by dependence.
3. Schizophrenia or anxiety happens to others.
It is true that not all marijuana smokers will develop psychotic symptoms or schizophrenia. It depends on many factors, with a great weight of the genetic background of the person, among many others..
However, many cannabis consumers and the lobbies that profit from its consumption, minimize the existing risks and ignore the scientific and clinical evidence that shows that marijuana consumption is not harmless, and can bring unpleasant consequences in some cases.
It is very similar to what happens with alcohol or tobacco. Consumers know perfectly well that what they are doing is bad for their health and the health of others.. But they choose to look the other way, because they are not prepared for such an uncomfortable truth.
4. It helps them relax
The truth is, in the long run, cannabis can do anything but relax you. Quite possibly the opposite.
By developing tolerance to the effects of the substance, the user needs larger and larger doses of the substance to enjoy the same effects as before..
In other words, the person who smokes marijuana regularly will find it increasingly difficult to achieve the state of relaxation he or she was looking for.
And this is not only going to happen when smoking. Many people who have ended up going to therapy have said that they had been experiencing strong daily anxiety for some time, and that they felt unable to relax. they felt unable to relax unless they smoked large amounts of cigarettes..
This does not benefit the person who smokes, only the person who sells them the substance.
5. They believe they can quit smoking whenever they want
This may be the most common and most paradoxical excuse of people with cannabis dependence. When someone suggests that they may be developing a problem, the person with an addiction frames the situation as if they still have "control" over the use of cannabis.. That if he continues to smoke, it is because he wants to, not because he is hooked.
However, when you try to help these people to confront reality and realize that, coincidentally, they never find the time to quit smoking, they reply that "they have nothing to prove".
In this type of situation, pride and the illusion of control can come between the person and their recovery..
It can be very helpful for the person to ask himself what is making him put off quitting so long. He or she may realize that he or she has no control, but rather a need.
Do you want to quit marijuana?
I am a psychologist specializing in addictionsI have been helping people get rid of drugs for good for years. If you or someone close to you is having problems with cannabis, contact me. You can see more information about how I work, and my contact details, on this page.
(Updated at Mar 28 / 2023)