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Cannabis Dependency

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 14, 2006
  • 07:42 AM

I was reading the DSM-IV manual. I found it interesting. When I read about substance dependency or cannabis dependency, a few questions arose. If one has been using for years off and on, wasn't problematic with work or family life, used it at an average of 3 times a week for six or seven years, and decided to make a complete stop of smoking the substance, and maintains abstinence for about 15 to 18 months, would that person be considered cannabis dependent? And as for the criteria for it. I know three or more is needed for dependency, but as for the issue of the criterion being in the same 12 month period, would that be for instance be the last twelve months, or at anytime during the lifetime history of use? And for cannabis abuse, would that be in the last twelve months for a diagnosis or at anytime during the history?

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  • good luck reading the DSM-IV manual I recenly took a pshycology class and I tell you that you have to be a genious to understand and know what the manual is talking about. Too your question I think that it is over a lifetime of use and not just since youve been clean as the same gos for alcholics as they are lifetime abusers, not sure if that works buts good luck in your search.
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  • I don't think you should worry about since you have been abstinent for this long and are not feeling like going back to it. I don't think it is at all like alcohol myself. You would have to smoking it everyday to have the same abuse as an alcoholic. It sounded like recreational use to me and got into this habit or simply bored. You changed your habit and found better things to do with your time it sounds like, good for you!! Your lungs thank you too! Best of luck!!:)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 7, 2006
    • 04:43 AM
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  • evidently you have to be a genios to be able to spell pshychology also.a case of "yesterday i couldnt spell psychologist,today i are one."
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    • January 23, 2007
    • 11:15 PM
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  • Pot isnt really stimulant or depressant, although it does calm down. Still it has low potential for anything except its 4 times as bad for your lungs as smokin
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  • Cannabis is addictive. yes it can be habit forming like twirling your hair in your fingers but you can not become physically dependent
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  • Cannabis is neither physically addictive nor toxic in any demonstrated way, it is beneficial to health for people who have conditions that it treats, and no possibility of overdose fatality exists. It is, in short, perhaps the safest medicine known to mankind.
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  • Those who, like myself, suffer from chronic pain, and use cannabis under a doctor's recommendation, will use it every single day, because we benefit from having pain relief, and it does not impair our function. To the contrary, we are less functional without it because we then have untreated pain.You cannot say that it would be better to take some prescribed opiate or over-the-counter drug that causes liver damage. Cannabis does not cause organ damage.Those who have no pain to begin with will have no need of cannabis, but those who are addicted to other painkillers would be well advised to switch.
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  • I was not aware that cannabis was considered an "addictive" drug, because it doesn't create the type of physical dependancy and withdrawl associated with nicotine, for example. If anything, there would be a psychological "addiction" where the user would think they can't function without it.
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  • Sorry guys cannabis is not the safest drug in the world, it produces real illnesses and it has real addiction potential.There is a recognised "amotivational" syndrome associated with heavy daily use It produces a recognisable withdrawal syndrome on cessation of continuous heavy useIt may precipitate psychotic reactions in susceptible individuals It produces a very high carcinogenic load - as mentioned by a previous poster. Burning any organic matter and inhaling does this. (Anyone rember Bob Marley, dead of throat cancer at age 36.)All that said, it does have a genuine positive recreational and medicinal uses. That's why oral THC analogues have been developed both (e.g. dronabinol which used in subjects with AIDS, MS and other debilitating wasting illnesses). Interstingly THC receptor antagonists or blockers are currently under investigation as anti-obesity drugs among other uses).It might have been Galen who said that the only difference between a medicine and a poison is the dose.
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  • Cannabis is addictive. yes it can be habit forming like twirling your hair in your fingers but you can not become physically dependentIt is true, i am a cannabis amoker, and i feel like i want to do it all the time. however, becausei knew i had a piss/hair/blood test coming up, i stopped for exactly 2 months. i am addicted, but not physically dependent. no one understands that. except this guy right here
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  • im sorry but i know a person who has is very sick and has used marijuana for 30 years and just quit cold turkey 6 months ago.
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  • Bob Marley died of cancer, but it started in his toe not throat. After it spread throughout his entire body it was the brain cancer that eventually killed him. A football accident started the cancer off in the first place not the pot smoking.
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  • Throat cancer on Bob Marley is only one case. There are many pot users who have used it well into their 60's and longer in some cases. Tommy Chong doesn't have throat cancer? I personally know of a gentleman who is in his 70's who has been using it daily over his lifetime with no health affects. Cancer is generally caused by genetic predisposition and lack of general nutrition and healthy habits such as daily exercise.Put that in your pipe and smoke it! Lol.
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  • It produces a very high carcinogenic load - as mentioned by a previous poster. Burning any organic matter and inhaling does this. (Anyone rember Bob Marley, dead of throat cancer at age 36.)bob marley didnt die from throat cancer. her had an infection in his foot that spread to the rest of his body. it was easily treatable but because of his rastafarian beliefs he used natural medicine instead.
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    • October 3, 2007
    • 07:50 PM
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  • Cannabis is addictive. yes it can be habit forming like twirling your hair in your fingers but you can not become physically dependentSorry to disagree but you CAN become physically dependant and Mentally.Yes people say "its just mental" but believe me, its not.I have a boyfriend/fiance who i have been with for almost 2 years now.And he has smoked Cannabis for the past 5 years.Everyday, without fail.ATLEAST 6 or 7 spliffs a day.He tried to quit a couple of times but he cant do it.He becomes aggravated and shouts. He cant sleep, he cant eat.He thought it was just mental but when he actually went to the DOCTOR the doctor said that he was suffering from Physical withdrawal symptoms. His body had become so dependant on the chemicals in Cannabis that he cant Physically stop.So, now i have to and he as to, live with Cannabis for the rest of our lives.Wonderful.Not.
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    • December 23, 2007
    • 03:42 AM
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  • that's bull. I was smoking marijuana everyday (an 8th worth) for over ten years and I quit cold turkey 5 months ago. I don't even crave it. I realize everyone is different but if you WANT to stop, you can-key word being WANT TO
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    • January 29, 2008
    • 01:28 AM
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  • Correction: Bob Marley did NOT die of throat cancer! He had a rare melanoma (acral lentiginous melanoma) on his toe that he mistook for a soccer injury and did not get treatment until it was too late. Thanks for passing on scare-tactic info though!
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  • I was reading the DSM-IV manual. I found it interesting. When I read about substance dependency or cannabis dependency, a few questions arose. If one has been using for years off and on, wasn't problematic with work or family life, used it at an average of 3 times a week for six or seven years, and decided to make a complete stop of smoking the substance, and maintains abstinence for about 15 to 18 months, would that person be considered cannabis dependent? And as for the criteria for it. I know three or more is needed for dependency, but as for the issue of the criterion being in the same 12 month period, would that be for instance be the last twelve months, or at anytime during the lifetime history of use? And for cannabis abuse, would that be in the last twelve months for a diagnosis or at anytime during the history?1. The DSM is not endorsed by the American Medical Association, and is actually a psychology manual for mental disorders. It has no medical relevance. It tends to reflect antiquated notions about social norms. Homosexuality was listed in previous versions of the DSM, as was hypersexuality.2. "Dependency" and "addiction" mean different things. Cannabis dependency is medically impossible. Addiction is purely psychological, and one can in principle be addicted to anything. Addiction is not a type of disease.3. If you're smoking too much pot, then smoke less/none of it. Problem solved.
    bobwick 21 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 01:29 PM
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  • Correction: Bob Marley did NOT die of throat cancer! He had a rare melanoma (acral lentiginous melanoma) on his toe that he mistook for a soccer injury and did not get treatment until it was too late. Thanks for passing on scare-tactic info though!He actually refused surgery because he didn't trust the medical establishment. His death was easily preventable at any point before the cancer metastasized. Consequently, his death can be ruled as a suicide-by-ignorance.
    bobwick 21 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 01:30 PM
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  • I have seen how this drug has affected people. I think they made a big mistake lowering it to a class C because people thought it wasnt that bad. At first i agreed maybe it should be a class C. But now i have seen the addiction and money side of it i feel it should be atleast a class B.... ive seen how peoples personalities become when they need canabis and cannot get it...
    STUDENTNURSEAIMEE 15 Replies
    • January 10, 2009
    • 00:23 PM
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