• Tamra Coveau

Messing with Mary Jane

Asked on Quora:

Why do I like weed?

Posted on April 9, 2015

Answer by Tamra Coveau:

Dear MaryJane,

There is some scientific evidence to support that you "like weed," because you are physically addicted to the THC (a psychoactive ingredient) that affects your body's natural chemistry. Additionally, some people are more apt to become hooked on marijuana if they possess certain traits, if they are younger users or stressed out. Although most users do not report addiction, for those that do (about 10%) cannabis can have serious consequences and be as bad as alcohol. If you continue to partake in pot, you need to be certain of your sources. Know what to look for, because although many consider weed to be natural and safe, there are exceptions. Smoking weed is not healthy for your lungs, and some studies have shown that "marijuana smoke contains 50-70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke." Medical uses of weed are proscribed for serious conditions, but recreational use is a choice. Like all choices we make, there are natural consequences and risks involved.

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