The idea of addiction to marijuana has created quite a bit of controversy on this website. Many people have written in to tell me that marijuana is not addictive, and that I am spreading lies by saying that it can be.
Let me tell you my experience. I was about 19 years old and I had never used a drink or a drug in my entire life. I had never had a buzz, never been drunk, never been high in any way. I had never tried any alcohol or any recreational drugs, period. Never.
I decided to try marijuana. I have no idea why. It just came to me one day and I thought: “I should really try this stuff. See what it is like. See what the big deal is. I want to get high.”
So I made an effort to buy some of the drug. I found a friend who wanted to try it as well. We went over to my sister’s apartment and we locked ourselves in the bathroom and we smoked up a whole dime bag of the stuff.
Well, needless to say, I got high. So did my friend. We were higher than kites and it was like a transcendental experience just about. You would have thought we were tripping the best acid ever made. And I stated to my sister that “I will never stop doing this. I have found my calling.”
I mean, seriously….I was absolutely hooked from that moment on. Head over heals in love with marijuana. I did not try drinking alcohol or other drugs for at least another year.
So following that day when I first got high, I was definitely addicted to marijuana. I bought larger quantities of it, and my obsession was to be able to always have some and never run out.
Now I am not saying here that marijuana is a physically addicting substance necessarily. But I was definitely addicted to it. No doubt about it. I was thoroughly hooked.
People can get addicted to just about anything. Video games. Gambling. Eating. Sex. And so on.
I think the more important question is: “What is the prevalence for a drug to become addicting?” With cigarettes it is probably super high. With heroin it is pretty up there as well. With alcohol it is a bit lower. And of course, with marijuana it is lower still.
But it is still there. People can and do get addicted.