The government funded institute that studies these effects directly say otherwise, guys. THC is the main ingredient in marijuana and is what makes you high. Depending upon the amount of THC in it, it can be one of two different drugs (hashish and normal marijuana). Hashish is cut from the tips of the female area of the plant which has a higher concentration of THC. THC is known for many problems, as are the carcinogens inside marijuana. According to the website, it also releases something called anandamide, which opens up whole new problems. Some marijuana that you buy is even spiked with some form of PCP as well. Search it up on there for yourself.
Plus even if you only smoke it every so often, high doses of it can screw you up. It plays with your nerves and greatly increases your anxiety and stress level with too much, which can lead to a panic attack.
It may be true that it is only physically addicting unless smoking a LOT of the stuff, but it is behaviorally addicting. It's why some people are literally addicted to things like food and sex, for they have no addictive substances. However, both eating (for some people) and sex releases something called serotonin and dopamine into the bloodstream. That's what makes it addictive. The same thing goes for smoking marijuana.
Yes, horus. I have smoked weed. Do you really think people who go to a college have never at least inhaled the fumes in some way or shape or another? I abused both alcohol and marijuana when I was in freshman year and then kicked the habits I made. I'm still unable to kick my habit for smoking cloves. Please, I'm not some ignorant kid who just looks things up on a website, everything I talk about I have at least some form of first hand experience.
I really hope people don't start up with medicinal marijuana either. There are a million and one other pain killers and relaxers out there with less consequences. I'll quote my website.
THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, produces effects that potentially can be useful for treating a variety of medical conditions. It is the main ingredient in a pill that is currently used to treat nausea in cancer chemotherapy patients and to stimulate appetite in patients with wasting due to AIDS. Scientists are continuing to investigate other potential medical uses for cannabinoids.
However, smoking marijuana is difficult to justify medically because the amount of THC in marijuana is not always consistent. It would be difficult—if not impossible—to come up with a safe and effective use of the drug because you could never be sure how much THC you were getting. Moreover, the negative effects of marijuana smoke on the lungs will offset the helpfulness of smoked marijuana for some patients.
Finally, little is known about the many chemicals besides THC that are in marijuana, or their possible negative impact on patients with medical conditions.