What is so bad about smoking pot?

United States
January 16, 2007 7:45am CST
I have used pot on occasion for the last 9 years and my life has not yet been ruined by it. I don't do it every day or even every week. I work and support myself. I pay my taxes and am a responsible contributing citizen. I don't see it as any different than alcohol. It can be used responsibly or it can be abused. Why are some people so adamant against it?
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@paul8675 (750)
• Australia
16 Jan 07
The worst thing is that it has been proven to be damaging to the brain. That in itself is enough to keep it illegal as it should be.
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@benks420 (215)
• Canada
16 Jan 07
Inhaling anysmoke into your lungs is bad for you. But you don't have to inhale the smoke of the plant in order experience the effects. It can be eaten or vapourized into a vapour instead of a smoke. A study was done where they made adult chimps smoke the equivilant to 4 or 5 joints a day for a year and saw no decrease in brain capacity or brain activity. I wish they would have told me about this experiment... they didnt HAVE to use chimpanzees.
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• United States
16 Jan 07
That's true. I'm just too cheap to buy a vaporizer.
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• United States
16 Jan 07
Oh and lord knows, I don't need to eat anymore than I do.
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@katenkim (240)
• Singapore
17 Jan 07
im so naive, what is smoking pot? I reallt dont know.
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@korek222 (702)
• Poland
17 Jan 07
smoking pot means smoking marihujana (weed , green Mary etc) :)
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@xmanifold (456)
• Nigeria
16 Jan 07
psychological is.i gave it up dec 30th 06,i guess i just had enough.were all very different you know,it might trigger something in one person and not the other,there's no negative effect to taking it(check wikipedia);stigma is.
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• Melbourne, Florida
16 Jan 07
The only reason people are against it is because the patroleum companies had the government in their pockets. Hemp used to be used by the Navy for ropes. When nylon was invented, the government was convinced that man made products were better. But they are wrong. Hemp is the strongest natural fiber known to man. Paper made from hemp causes no loss of trees. Hemp oil can be used in place of everything patroleum based (paint and cleaners and such) Hemp can also be used in the kitchen and is as diverse as soy, hemp milk, hemp flour, etc. Hemp can be used to make plastic and fiberboard also. And hemp fuel can run a car.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
If hemp is a natural product, wouldn't it be better for the environment? And isn't nylon a by-product of petroleum? They would be protecting their interests then too, wouldn't they?
@korek222 (702)
• Poland
17 Jan 07
Well it is illegal - tht is the worse thing in it. but beides it - well if you smoke too much pot you start to be out brained - you got problems with thinking focusing etc. in the worse metter it affects your ingtelligence etc.
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@treblem (316)
• Philippines
17 Jan 07
honestly i am adamant against smoking. if this doesn't ruined u for years hope u haven't menaced others life. coz the 2nd hand smoke r most dangerous than the first hand smoke and we nonsmokers were very much affected. if u pay taxes and been responsible we too pay taxes and responsible yet always open to dangers u smokers have made. hope i haven't offended u. i just want to speak out for nonsmokers like us. if u have all the right to speak then we too have the right to speak against it. hope u have learned. ok?? peace. have a smoky day!!!
• United States
17 Jan 07
I have never exposed secondhand smoke to non-smokers. I only smoke in my boyfriend's home or my own.
• United States
17 Jan 07
For one thing, you are breaking the law. For the second thing, it can do as much damage to you as regular smoking.
• United States
22 Jan 07
As I said earlier, I'm not breaking the law. Personal use is legal in my state. I'm very aware of my rights.
• United States
17 Jan 07
Their's a difference between recreation, and full out pot head. I've known "pot heads" and they are so addicted to pot that if they even see a pinch of it, they started to drool and get shaky. Recreational use (meaning, those that hardly use it at all), is nothing like that. It's good to relax some. It can help you sleep. It is not a bad thing. In general, it's only bad if the person needs it so much that they get panicky and nervous acting because they want it so bad. I used to have a friend that because she was so much of a pot head, I couldn't stand being around her. All she ever wanted to do was smoke, smoke, smoke. Not to mention she smoked it around her son - and I felt it wasn't fair to him. I disagreed with her choices, and I don't let my daughter around her for more than a few minutes - and I'm there. I sometimes visit her mom, since her mom and I are on friendly terms. We talk sometimes. Her mom is a pothead as well, but I'm not going to tell a woman in her 30's that it's wrong! I didn't tell my ex friend that either, though. We just have a difference of opinion.
• United States
17 Jan 07
I also wanted to point out that I've known those that use it as recreation, and their's nothing wrong with them. They're great people and they're responsible. From what I've learned, responsible people will use it responsibly (if they use it). Irresponsible people will be very irresponsible users and have a greater chance of becoming potheads. I used to use it recreationally, but I decided it was better for me and as a parent to not use it anymore. Even just to help me sleep at night. I'd rather not risk losing my daughter. But I am not against those that do use it.
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
it may affect your brain in the long run. although at some countries this is given to patients who experience severe pain. you get this high feeling after smoking pot, sometimes when your high... you can't control yourself... i think that's what makes it illegal...
• India
17 Jan 07
i dont think that theres anythin wrong in smoking pot..... its just considered as a social taboo.... i havent seen anyone creating a scene after smoking... i think it should be legalised....
@patrice7 (1192)
• United States
17 Jan 07
well i think that it is ok to smoke pot as long as you do ot abuse it. as the saying goes, too much of something is bad and too much pot really is bad!. as long as you do not compromise the health or the life of other people and you wont do them any harm then you are free to do what you want. dont care about the people who are so adamant about it because it is your life. it is your choice and what you choose is your responsibility. right?.
• India
17 Jan 07
Nothing is bad if it is within limit and being practiced in sophesticated way! It is anxiety/tension that harms much!
@donmikey (69)
• Romania
17 Jan 07
if u use it ocassionaly i don`t think os dangerous.but do not smoke pot if u are waiting a child or u have respiration dificulies .
@as2490 (90)
17 Jan 07
whatever you smoke has a high risk of damaging your brain in any case, regardless of what it may be. However excess smoking could lead to many other critical illnesses and disease's. There isnt a normal or average amount that you should smoke as smoking full stop damages your immune system and makes you liable to catch more diseases.
• India
17 Jan 07
why do u want to ruin your life for temprory enjoyment.i agree that gives you relaxation for a while but at the cost of your life span.
• India
17 Jan 07
i don't drink or smoke so i don't have any idea about it
@maru_047in (1007)
• India
17 Jan 07
It ll not b ruined externally but internally it ll b ruined. We are not against it but it ll spoil the future and make us struggle henceforth v warn you people.
• United States
17 Jan 07
I don't know why people are so against it either-unless the word illegal scares them. I mean come on, everyone does it and most of the ones who "don't" are just closet smokers. I would say 70 out of 100 people do it just as you described. I work, have a decent home, a happy lifestyle, and I am by no means a "loser" or a washed up addict of any kind. It helps me chill, it helps me sleep, and it is never abused. I am not one of those to smoke all day every day.
• Canada
17 Jan 07
Smoking pot doesnt make you a bad person. My 90 year old grandma smokes pot on occasion, and she is not a bad lady.
@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I think its just been drilled into peoples heads that its wrong so there for it must be wrong .The government has deemed it illegal to sell because they are not getting a piece of the pot . ops pun intended