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Why is marijuana addictive for some but not others? – Genetic Predisposition

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  • Why is marijuana addictive for some but not others? – Genetic Predisposition

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    If you have read me say this many times before then my apologies but I really do think it deserves a thread in its own right. When it comes to getting addicted to a drug like marijuana well not just marijuana but many drugs really, it’s a bit like the situation with people who become alcoholic, some people do and some people don’t and what people who study genetics and DNA can now prove is that there is often a genetic predisposition as to how likely you are to get addicted to these sort of drugs, it’s seems to be that to get addicted to drugs like alcohol, cocaine, speed, marijuana, ect, not the really addictive ones that most who use get addicted to like meth and heroin, but the ones that some do and some don’t, what scientists are now finding is that people who get addicted to these kind of drugs often have is a genetic predisposition for doing so, there is usually something different in their DNA to those who use them without becoming addicted. It’s this kind of genetic makeup that can make you prone to all kinds of addictions including marijuana. Now obviously having this genetic predisposition doesn’t automatically mean you are going to get addicted to something, the environment has it’s part to play too, if you never take any kind of drugs then obviously this is not going to happen, but having this predisposition does appear to significantly increase your chances and that’s just the biology of the situation whether you like it or not, yeah it sucks I know but unfortunately people have genetic predispositions to all kinds of diseases not just addiction. And that’s what addiction is, it is simply a disease that happens within the brain from using a particular drug for too long an amount of time, which results in the person been dependent on it and unfortunately your genes do significantly affect the chances of those who use drugs of getting it.

    Anyway that’s about it in a nut shell, there’s nothing that complicated about it and it’s been known for quite some time now, it still mystifies me when people say but you can’t be addicted to marijuana I have used it for a number of years and managed not to become addicted, fortunately they probably don’t have the biological predisposition which makes them as likely to get addicted to a drug like marijuana. Why this argument keeps cropping up time and time again I have no idea, I mean you wouldn’t say to an alcoholic you can’t be addicted to alcohol because I have drank regularly for years and not had it happen to me, I guess it is just ignorance of the biology of what is going on that makes people laugh at the idea of it and a dismiss the idea it is actually possible. Anyway this information has been around for some time now, so it really it’s time to end this kind of ignorance, marijuana is a drug and just like most recreational drugs it is possible for some to become addicted to it and you only have to read a few of the stories here to realise to go around saying that no one can ever get addicted to the drug at all is dam right ignorant and irresponsible.

    Incidentally the same appears to go for those who experience other health problems and negative effects, which is something else people get abused and ridiculed for saying they have experienced as a result of using marijuana, especially when it comes to mental health. It wouldn’t be considered socially acceptable to do that to someone who suffered from any other disease or illness so I don’t why it is with people who suffer from this. It’s really not fair to say someone is “weak” because of a disease that may to a certain extent be caused by their genes, it’s almost fascist, not that I think people are intentionally trying to be that way, I think it’s just ignorance of the situation, most people probably aren’t aware of the link between addictions and genetics.

    For those who do get addicted it’s a neurological disorder or condition, it’s as physical a problem with the body as having a broken leg and it’s this which makes you an addict, for more info on this you may want to visit this thread:

    http://www.forummatters.com/forums/s...light=disorder

    Anyway that’s about it, sorry to go on I have said my piece, to all those who are struggling with this problem I and everybody else who posts here will always be with you in your struggle. You really are not alone.

    All the best
    Cannabis Rehab Admin

    If you wish to Use then Use, Your Body Your Choice, You're NOT a Criminal and I wish you well!

    My Choice is to be Drug Rehabilitated for 15 years because I Chose to be free from its Control on me!

  • #2
    I agree fully with you,some people have addictive personalities others don't.when i was younger i had plenty of friends who could take it or leave it,but i was utterly hooked on anything that gave you a buzz.It did'nt have to be cannabis,it could be alcohol,cocaine,speed anything really.i believe in the whole genetic addiction thing,or as i call it " the buzzhunter gene".

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    • #3
      ya its true some people have addictive personality due to which they get addicted to such things pretty easily.

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      • #4
        Because some people smoke marijuana with different levels of THC. And the difference is big. Some people smoke the drug with less than 2 % of THC and claim that marijuana is not addictive. Someone smoking marijuana with 20% of THC is not using the same drug as someone smoking crap.

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        • #5
          Hi and welcome,

          Yes very good point the strength as well as the amount of what you smoke will also have a significant effect as to whether addiction is triggered. If you have the potential for addiction and consume enough of the drug then your chances of developing a problem are significantly increased.

          All the best,
          Cannabis Rehab Admin

          If you wish to Use then Use, Your Body Your Choice, You're NOT a Criminal and I wish you well!

          My Choice is to be Drug Rehabilitated for 15 years because I Chose to be free from its Control on me!

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          • #6
            thanks for the words!

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            • #7
              I've tried other drugs but I like pot better. Maybe if I had to detox pot then I'd get addicted to something else so in a way I'm glad it's only pot.

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              • #8
                Yeah I know what you mean, I liked marijuana best too. Pot is a less devastating addiction compared to many harder drugs but you only have to read some of the posts here to realise it can still have a very negative effect on people’s lives. In my opinion when it comes to addiction the word “only” doesn’t really do the situation justice whatever the vice.

                All the best,
                Cannabis Rehab Admin

                If you wish to Use then Use, Your Body Your Choice, You're NOT a Criminal and I wish you well!

                My Choice is to be Drug Rehabilitated for 15 years because I Chose to be free from its Control on me!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cannabis Rehab Admin View Post
                  In my opinion when it comes to addiction the word “only” doesn’t really do the situation justice whatever the vice.
                  That is so true. Either way, no matter what the addiction is to, it's an addiction. Any addiction has negative consequences and any addiction is causing you harm. Any addiction is difficult to quit.

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                  • #10
                    Because

                    Because the marijuana everybody smoke is not the same. The THC content vary a lot. That´s the number one reason. Second reason: Majority of marijuana addicts don´t admit the addiction. They always have a ridiculous excuse in the pocket to get high.

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                    • #11
                      I forgot to say the third reason: the drug of choice. Some people will get addicted to some drug but won´t get addicted to another. For alcoholics for example, the drug of choice for them is alcohol. My drug of choice is marijuana. I´m addicted to marijuana but i can drink alcohol without getting hooked. Why? Because alcohol is not my drug of choice. Marijuana is my drug of choice.

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                      • #12
                        I think that’s a very good point if you don’t particularly like a drug then the chances of becoming addicted to it probably isn’t that great.
                        Cannabis Rehab Admin

                        If you wish to Use then Use, Your Body Your Choice, You're NOT a Criminal and I wish you well!

                        My Choice is to be Drug Rehabilitated for 15 years because I Chose to be free from its Control on me!

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                        • #13
                          Genetics AND cultural influence

                          Not only do I believe my addiction stems from genetics (my uncles are growers and 80% of my cousins are also addicted to marijuana) but the culture I have been born and raised in has nurtured my addiction. I live in the emerald triangle, marijuana cultivation is the livlihood for many people here (including my uncles) and the culture views habitual use of marijuana as positive, normal and better than being addicted to a more harmful drug (such as meth). Everyday I walk down my street, I will encounter at least one person smoking it in public and smell it from various directions. The cultural influence I could more easily overcome, but my genetic predisposition for marijuana addiction has left me unable to control my need/want and hinders any recovery I may wish to seek (I feel that if I admit to marijuana addiction it's akin to judging most of my family and several others as addicts too).

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                          • #14
                            Oh I completely agree, the culture/environment a person exists in can also significantly contribute, if you live in a culture where it’s much harder to get and less socially acceptable to do in the first place then the chances of you using I would imagine are much less.

                            All the best,
                            Cannabis Rehab Admin

                            If you wish to Use then Use, Your Body Your Choice, You're NOT a Criminal and I wish you well!

                            My Choice is to be Drug Rehabilitated for 15 years because I Chose to be free from its Control on me!

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                            • #15
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                              Genes and canabanoids

                              Hi, I do think genes/dna play a part. I saw a TV show which showed Alcoholics have a chromosone/gene which gives them a huge hit from alcohol compared to other people. Perhaps there is something like that for THC. I think this affects addicition, but not level/severity of withdrawal symptoms. I think this is affected by many factors:

                              how healthy your body is when you quit - levels of vitamin B etc
                              Hormonal balances when you quit

                              Also a lot of 'quality' dope is now high THC and no CBD. CBD actually inhibits the effect of THC, so when you quit, you also have a cannabanoid in your body moderating symptoms, if you have been using marijuana which has little or no cbd - watch out?

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