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What Not to Say to Someone Who Smokes Marijuana

You Can Say It, But You May Be Wasting Your Time


Updated February 11, 2013

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When talking to those who are loyal or long-time marijuana users, there is not much you can say that will change their opinion that smoking weed is perfectly harmless. You can try to share with them the negative effects that marijuana can have, but you will probably find that you are wasting your time.

You will likely get a response similar to the ones that we have gotten here at the About.com Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site when we have published warnings about marijuana's possible negative effects. The following responses are edited excerpts from emails, personal recovery stories and comments posted on this site when we asked "Has Smoking Marijuana Affected Your Health?" and we suggested that "Marijuana Causes Many Deaths Reported as 'Accidents'."

Click on the links to get the medical information for each "What Not to Say" statement:

Marijuana Can Be Addictive

Weed is not addictive! That is just a myth. I have been smoking marijuana since I was 16 years old and I smoke at least three bowls a day and I'm not addicted! I can quit anytime. Just last week, when I ran out of weed, I quit for an entire day. Well, almost a day.

After about 18 hours I got anxious feeling and decided I just needed a toke to settle my nerves. I searched my entire house hoping that I could find some stash that I got paranoid and hid away and forgot about. But no luck. I even searched my sister's room. I know she's got some weed somewhere, but I couldn't find it.

I even searched her underware drawer (eeeeew!). That's when she walked in and caught me. Now she thinks I'm a perv.

Then I checked all the places where I once kept my weed - match boxes, dad's old film canisters, plastic bags - looking for a bit of residue I could light up. I even tried to scrape the residue in the bowl of my bong and hit it, but that didn't do anything for me.

Next I texted all my friends trying to find somebody who would admit they were holding, but nobody stepped up. I called a few that I knew had some stashed away and they lied to my face and said they were searching too. I screamed at my best friend, "The last time you ran out, I helped you out, man! I know you have something laying around!"

I accidently texted my mom. She replied wanting to know what a spliff was. Awkward!

Then I got in the car and frantically drove all over town looking to buy some weed on the street. But my regular contacts had crack, smack and oxy, but no weed. I drove to some neighborhoods where I have never been before and don't want to go again and finally found a dude with a couple of blunts. I paid three times what I normally would, but that's cool, I finally scored.

I lit one up in the car and by the time I got home I was chillin' and looking for the Cheetos. You can't tell me marijuana is addictive. It's not as bad as alcohol!

Marijuana Can Damage Your Health

Marijuana is medicine, it's not harmful! That's why so many states have legalized medical marijuana because it's good for you. How can you say that a natural, God-given plant can been bad for your health? What's that you say? Well, yeah, tobacco is a plant too, but that's different. Somehow. I don't know.

All I know is I'm 15 years old and I've been smoking for three years and I'm in perfect health, except sometimes I have this really deep cough. But you would get a cough whatever you smoked, right? I don't sleep as well on the days I don't smoke pot, and I get headaches, but that's not a big deal. At least it's not as bad as alcohol.

Smoking Can Affect Ability to Learn

Well ive been smokeing sence i was 14 everyday allday. it helps me with my adhd and it helps me sleep and i feal more concentraided. i graduated a year early from high school and i went threw college with a 4.0 gpa. i am now takeing graduate classes wyle werking at a fortune 500 company.

I gots a god brian. U peepl wish thate u hahd the abilliiteis that i du wen i smok reefer. it sure ain't as bad as alkohol.

You Get Withdrawal Symptoms If You Stop Smoking Weed

I just ran out after smoking 2.5 ounces in 30 days. What I am going through right now is not enjoyable, but I'm perfectly fine. The number one symptom for me is insomnia. Number two, loss of appetite, and number 3 is hot and cold flashes. That's it. No headaches, no trying to stab my dad, no trying to kill my dog.

Marijuana is for sure addictive, but so are cheeseburgers and donuts. I won't be able to sleep well for 1 or 2 days, won't want to eat much for a few days, and the cold/hot flashes go away after a day or two. But I'm absolutely fine. If the symptoms do get too intense, I'll just smoke a bowl. No problem!

Whatever the withdrawal symptoms of marijuana are, they are surely not as bad as alcohol!

Marijuana Causes Many Deaths Reported as 'Accidents'

Hahaha. I think this is all bull. It has never killed anyone ever. You cannot ever overdose on marijuana. That is the stupidest thing I’ve heard all day.

If you say these people have died form it then you should by all means tell us who has died. I have never even heard of people getting sick form smoking marijuana. How can you put this info on the web and not be able to give real facts. No one has ever died from smoking marijuana. Look it up!

Oh, wait. You said smoking weed can cause accidents that result in deaths. Oh. Never mind. Anyway, it doesn't cause as many accidents as alcohol.

Smoking Weed Can Lead to Harder Drugs

I started using hard drugs after a guy I was getting the weed from turned me on to other stuff. After about five years of doing cocaine off and on I can honestly say I have no interest in doing any drug other than weed. But it wasn't marijuana that was the gateway to other drugs, it was the dealer!

We often hear how weed is a gateway drug. What a load of bull. The first time I tried marijuana, I was drunk! Alcohol is the biggest gateway drug in society and its legal!

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