Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
That is the true definition of "addiction". A true addiction is a pychological need. Yes, sometimes there is a physical element involved too (IE: withdrawal tremors), but it's not really the physical that is defining the addiction. The pysical is only a byproduct of the body having become used to the drug and reacting to the withdrawal from it.
So what you are saying then is that "it's all in the mind?"
As someone else here pointed out, the "real" defnition of addiction includes physiological as well as psychological need. The physiological aspect does NOT just come into play when the body begins to detox; it actually drives the urge to use the drug.
Have you ever been addicted to anything? It seems to me that those who know the most about this are either educated medical professionals or former drug users. Myself included. I was addicted to cocaine over 20 years ago, stopped it on my own but experienced withdrawal for well over a year after I last used. It has now been 22 years since I touched the stuff.
I was also addicted to cigarettes for over 24 years, and trust me, that was NOT just an addiction of the mind. I was a slave to tobacco, not because I wanted to smoke but because once I was hooked, my bloodstream dictated to me that I maintain those nicotine levels.
People who get addicted to painkillers don't get addicted because they WANT to. Addictive behavior is compulsive, but it is not simply psychological at all.
THC does not cause a physical addiction - you don't get "munchies" withdrawal, but you do get a psychological withdrawal which can be easily overcome.
I firmly believe that with legalization and regulation of pot, there will be lives saved, revenues generated that can help in LOTS of areas where we are lacking cash flow and that there WILL be a drop in the use of the drug. It will no longer be so attractive to criminal elements because there will be no money to be made off of it if it is being produced and sold legally.