For years people believed that marijuana was every bit as addictive as other recreational drugs because it was lumped together with drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, and meth, which are highly addictive.
Although it is very difficult to quit recreational drugs like cocaine and meth, many pot smokers go on “tolerance breaks” where they abstain from marijuana for a few months so that they can resume smoking up and enjoy heightened effects, as their body has a lower tolerance to the drug after the break.
As any self-respecting pothead will tell you, it’s not that tough to take a vacation from weed!
Here are 5 legal substances that are way more addictive than marijuana.
5 Substances More Addictive Than Weed
“Alcohol addiction sets in rapidly and is in fact a major cause of liver disease, heart disease, and various health complications”
Yes, it’s the drink of choice for most of us, but it’s a slippery slope to alcoholism. It usually starts with a small peg and social drinking, but many drinkers progress to drinking more frequently, even when alone. Addiction sets in rapidly and is a major cause of liver disease, heart disease, and various health complications.
Heavy drinking also poses a risk of death either through intoxication or indirectly through accidents and complications. According to one of the most widely used addictivity charts from Dr. Perrine’s The Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs, alcohol is highly addictive with a score of 81 on 100. In comparison, marijuana has a score of just 22!
“According to estimates from the WHO, smoking kills around 1 million Indians every year”
Despite those warnings on cigarette packs, India is home to a colossal 120 million smokers! According to estimates from the WHO, smoking kills around 1 million Indians every year. Nicotine addiction is in fact one of toughest to overcome, which is why so many smokers try to quit repeatedly, often with little success.
The addictivity chart we referred to earlier recognizes nicotine as one of the most addictive substances with a score of 99 on 100.
“While a caffeine addiction may seem like an exaggeration to people who don’t drink coffee regularly, studies have proven that caffeine addiction is very real”
There are lots of people who claim that they can’t function without their morning cup of java! While this may seem like an exaggeration to people who don’t drink coffee, studies have proven that caffeine addiction is very real.
In fact, people who decide to kick their caffeine habit often suffer from caffeine withdrawal in the same way that drug addicts face withdrawal when they decide to go clean.
Caffeine is not limited to your morning cup of coffee, even aerated drinks and sports drinks now contain high amounts of caffeine which keep people coming back for more.
Caffeine also ranks pretty high on Dr. Perrine’s chart with an addiction score of 70 on 100.
“French researchers from the University of Bordeaux found that sugar is even more addictive than cocaine, which is known to be one of the most addictive drugs”
Several studies, including one published by French researchers from the University of Bordeaux have proved that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. Most of us blame our sweet tooth for our sugar addiction and since it seems fairly harmless, we don’t even realize how much sugar we consume per day.
For instance a regular 750ml bottle of coke contains about 16 teaspoons of sugar — which is almost 3 times the maximum amount of sugar a person should have in a day!
“Surveys show that prescription drug abuse is on the rise in India, with painkillers, antidepressants, and sedatives being the most frequently abused”
Prescription drugs, especially painkillers are highly addictive and recent surveys show that prescription drug abuse is on the rise in India. Dr Vikram Sarabhai, a Pulmonary and respiratory specialist at Delhi’s Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre described it as an epidemic when talking to Indiatoday, “Around 50 per cent of my patients have abused prescription drugs.”
While it’s pretty obvious that marijuana addiction isn’t as big a risk as one might assume, excessive use can have severe side effects and it can also create psychological dependency.
So, if you just light up occasionally, you can enjoy your buzz without having too much to worry about!
This Post Is Part Of TheHealthOrange’s Initiative To Provide Our Readers An Unbiased View Towards Marijuana Consumption. We Recognise The Fact That Marijuana Use Is Fast Becoming A Lifestyle Choice World Over And We Hold A Neutral Stand On The Issue. However, We Would Like To Warn Our Readers That Possession & Consumption Of Marijuana Is Illegal In India And TheHealthOrange In No Way Endorses The Same.
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