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Is mood swings one of the side effects of weed and does it create addiction?

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Question - (16 April 2008) 13 Answers - (Newest, 23 October 2012)
A female United States age 30-35, anonymous writes:

Dose anybody know the side effects of smoking weed. I was dating this guy and he was so moody and I think it had something to do with him smoking weed all the time. He would even leave our dates to go smoke it and get up in the middle of the night to smoke it as well!

I did not think weed was addicting. I talked to some people about it who have smoked it. And they said it was not addicting to them and they did not need to smoke it every day or have to get up in the middle of the night to smoke.

I don't know what this guy's deal was. We don't even talk anymore which is the best thing because he tried to get me to smoke and I refused.That's prob why he stoped calling cause I don't smoke oh well!

Anyways can anyone give me info on people who are addicted to pot or can they be addicted or do people just like it so much they do it all the time? I don't understand the big crave in this weed stuff. thanks for any advise you can give....

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A female reader, dadidaduda United States +, writes (23 October 2012):

Ok I just couldn't help answering this.

The problem is people will always find something to blame their crappy empty lives onto. It doesn't matter what it is - gambling, drugs, alcohol, too much sex, not enough sex, video games, government... it's always some kind of extremes that they use to fill in the voids in their lives.

I live in California where I can smoke legally and I can tell you from the past 2 years I have experienced only good things with this drug. I wouldn't recommend smoking it more than once a week, just as I wouldn't recommend you going to casinos very often.. everything in moderation. But from my experience with Sativa type weed I have "unlocked" some really cool things. This drug makes you very introspective, you start thinking about choices you've made in life, care for other people, you really can just take a break and sort of meditate about everything, which we never have time or desire to do otherwise.

I don't see it being my problem AT ALL! If anything it made me a better person! in the last 2 years I have changed my life for the better by becoming less selfish, less materialistic, less arrogant and more open-minded, kinder etc... what's so wrong with that??

Of course our government can't afford to have less materialistic or more compassionate people: they need us working like ants without questioning things... so they make all this stuff sound evil and then there are losers who blame their lives on drugs. In reality it's not bad and if you can do it without drugs - good for you! Either way keep an open mind!

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A female reader, angelDlite United Kingdom +, writes (8 March 2011):

angelDlite agony aunthi

weed can 'unlock' mental health problems that may have lain dormant if the person never started doing this drug. so the fact is, regarding his moodiness, he may have been like this already or it may be a symptom of a real mental health issue. either way, it does not matter. this guy is BAD news if he is smoking this.

some people say they don't know what all the fuss is about with weed and that it is no worse than alcohol; which is not really much of a 'selling point' coz i think most of us know that alcohol if used to excess can have terrible conseqeunces for a persons long term physical and mental health!

in short - if a guy won't give up weed - give him up

xx

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A male reader, Dustin.m United States +, writes (8 March 2011):

Whats up all, I just wanted to put my two cents in.

I've been a heavy pot smoker for most of my life, starting from the age of 11. I'm now 21 and decided enough is enough.

I haven't been able to get any school work, college or any decent job over the years, and recently was thinking it was due to the fact I was always high, and if I wasn't high I was trying to get high.

So, its been about 2days now, no weed. I keep finding myself becoming extremely angry over not being able to accomplish the simplest of task. I really have no self control and I lash out and anyone or anything that gets in my way.

So my question is, does this effect ever ware off? Or am I gonna have to suffer these extreme anger issues for the rest of my life, unless I go back to weed.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (10 December 2009):

I am a current marijuana addict and I can testify that smoking marijuana really affects your psycological state in a bad way. Many advocates for marijuana will tell you that marijuana has no physical dependency whatsoever, this is true...however... It does create a psycological dependency hence the reason why your boyfriend had severe mood swings. The psycological state of mind is thrown completely out of order when you smoke marijuana so frequently. Your brain is not supposed to feel euphoric 24/7 and when it does, it does not know how to react to every day situations (reality) therefore creating extreme mood swings and inconsistent reactions to life in general. As I said earlier, I am a current addict and I am losing everything in my life because of this "magical herb". I really hope that this post can help those who use marijuana, and those who are victims of the reactions caused by marijuana.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (28 July 2008):

For once I have read some truly knowledgeable answers on this subject. I have just come off a year-long addiction to weed, the result of which has ruined my uni studies, damaged my relationship with my family and caused me to lose a soulmate.

So in answer to the people who say that 'its not a drug' (i'm sure we've all heard and read that statement hundreds of times, I know I have), you are wrong. As some of you have stated, weed is not physically addictive, but mentally. If you hang out with prolific weed smokers, you become addicted. You go to their house, and smoke spliff after spliff, day after day. Its such a waste of time!

As soon as I stopped hanging out with my weed smoking friends, I lost my desire for it and was finally able to say no when they offered me 'a couple tokes' on my rare visits.

But I haven't really observed mood swings. I believe its the intense muscle relaxation and laziness that you feel when under the influence. A person might normally be lively and extroverted (like myself), but become extremely apathetic while smoking (for example). This effect baffles the non-smoking family/friend(s)/bf/gf as they don't understand why the person has changed so much.

I hope all young people someday realise how dangerous weed is, cos until then their lives are gonna be wasted, literally.

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A female reader, kat3mat3 United Kingdom +, writes (26 July 2008):

kat3mat3 agony auntI don't know if this helps but my present boyfriend sounds horribly similar to your ex. He also smokes weed all the time. He also drinks like a fish. I love him to pieces but this man will get up at 5 or 6 in the morning, pour himself a wine or beer and smoke multiple pipes of weed most mornings. His personality is so warped, it,s as if he's two distinct people. One who loves me dearly and can't do enough for me, and the other who can't stand me, and just finds me irritating. I never know which one i'm going to get, and it,s like living on a knife edge! I don't know how much more of this i can stand but i'm pretty sure the drugs are involved. I just wish he could see how it,s affecting the both of us, and try to get help for the problem.

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A female reader, racelacey United Kingdom +, writes (17 April 2008):

Hi, well i was with a guy for 5 years, (his my ex now) and he smoked weed, and i have 1 male friend and 1 male relative who live and die for weed, they have the same thing, they are mooooody when they dont have weed, they will walk miles for it, beg for it, dont get me wrong they are lovely souls, but they are addicted to weed, even when people say you cannot. My friend who smokes weed, has now developed mental problems, but his been smoking since he was 13 now he's 29, constantly one after the other. So from my experiences in this matter, yes you can be addicted, and yes they are really moody when they dont have it. Hope i helped, good luck take care x

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (17 April 2008):

ok people who come at you with scientific facts still dont answer your question. you need to talk to a smoker and here i am. i smoke alot too i'm addicted and the people i live with are as well. the guy probally was just a moody person being that he was still smoking,if you were addicted and your getting your fix then you wouldnt be having withdrawl symptoms. sometimes its a social thing for me i know its not physical addiction but its the hardest thing i ever tried to quit.what i dont understand is why are ciggerattes and alcohol are legal,how many people die everyday from those? most of the bums on the street are alcoholics.i still think most people who think weed is really bad are just going by what they're told and are scared because it's called a drug..

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A female reader, Wisdom Australia +, writes (17 April 2008):

Wisdom agony auntWiki knows all!!

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A female reader, Wisdom Australia +, writes (17 April 2008):

Wisdom agony auntCannabis use has been linked to exacerbating the effects of psychosis, schizophrenia, bronchitis, and emphysema by several peer-reviewed studies for those who are vulnerable to such illnesses based on personal or family history. [52] More recently, the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study published research showing an increased risk of psychosis for cannabis users with a certain genetic predisposition, held by 25% of the population.[53]

In July 2007, British medical journal The Lancet published a study that indicates that cannabis users have, on average, a 41% greater risk of developing psychosis than non-users. The risk was most pronounced in cases with an existing risk of psychotic disorder, and was said to grow up to 200% for the most-frequent users.[54][55][56]

While the long term and heavy use of cannabis is not linked to the severe or grossly debilitating cerebral effects associated with chronic heavy alcohol abuse, it has been linked to more subtle impairment associated with memory, attention, and cognitive function.

A study[66] published in The Lancet on 24 March 2007 was twenty drugs were assigned a risk from zero to three. Dr. David Nutt et al. asked medical, scientific and legal experts to rate 20 different drugs on nine parameters:

Physical harm (Acute, Chronic, and Intravenous harm)

Dependence (Intensity of pleasure, Psychological dependence, Physical dependence)

Social harms (Intoxication, Other social harms, Health-care costs)

Cannabis was ranked seventeenth of twenty for mean physical harm score and eleventh for mean dependence score. Not shown is the mean social harm score, which rated ninth, in a tie with Amphetamine.

In short.......... get off the pot.

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A female reader, Wisdom Australia +, writes (17 April 2008):

Wisdom agony auntCannabis use has been linked to exacerbating the effects of psychosis, schizophrenia, bronchitis, and emphysema by several peer-reviewed studies for those who are vulnerable to such illnesses based on personal or family history. [52] More recently, the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study published research showing an increased risk of psychosis for cannabis users with a certain genetic predisposition, held by 25% of the population.[53]

In July 2007, British medical journal The Lancet published a study that indicates that cannabis users have, on average, a 41% greater risk of developing psychosis than non-users. The risk was most pronounced in cases with an existing risk of psychotic disorder, and was said to grow up to 200% for the most-frequent users.[54][55][56]

While the long term and heavy use of cannabis is not linked to the severe or grossly debilitating cerebral effects associated with chronic heavy alcohol abuse, it has been linked to more subtle impairment associated with memory, attention, and cognitive function.

A study[66] published in The Lancet on 24 March 2007 was twenty drugs were assigned a risk from zero to three. Dr. David Nutt et al. asked medical, scientific and legal experts to rate 20 different drugs on nine parameters:

Physical harm (Acute, Chronic, and Intravenous harm)

Dependence (Intensity of pleasure, Psychological dependence, Physical dependence)

Social harms (Intoxication, Other social harms, Health-care costs)

Cannabis was ranked seventeenth of twenty for mean physical harm score and eleventh for mean dependence score. Not shown is the mean social harm score, which rated ninth, in a tie with Amphetamine.

In short.......... get off the pot.

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A female reader, xxshaunaxx United States +, writes (17 April 2008):

weed is not physically addictive. but if the person smoking it has an addictive personality, then yes, they can become mentally addicted to it.

weed affects every person differently. but the main side effects are

- temporary loss of short-term memory

- paranoia

- hunger a.k.a. "the munchies"

- drowsiness

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A female reader, Emilysanswers United Kingdom +, writes (16 April 2008):

There is some debate on whether cannabis is chemically addictive.

However, you can be mentally addicted to it. In the same way you can be addicted to chocolate, or sex but more extreme.

Weed can cause mood swings, paranoia, memory loss, and it makes you basically lose all your friends, family, and your whole life, because you just spend all your money and time sat there stoned.

The effects are also not as good as you get used to it, so you have to take more and and more as you go on. This means a lot of people start taking stronger drugs when weed stop doing anything for them. Stronger drugs that are truly horribly addictive, dangerous and expensive. They end up in a gutter.

You are much better off away from this guy. He could be doing great things with his life but he's just wasting it in a haze.

What a loser.

You are great the way you are. Don't change.

Good Luck!! xx

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