I was thinking about this recently, noticing how casually people seem to talk about pot in general and potheads in particular, especially libertarians and of course, potheads themselves.
Are potheads addicts?
If someone got drunk every day we’d call them an alcoholic, which means they’re an addict. If someone shot heroin or snorted coke every day, we’d call them an addict. Hell, if someone uses opioids or antidepressants every day for too long we call them an addict.
But for some reason we don’t call potheads addicts, or think about them that way. For some reason, they’re thought about and talked about in a different, far less serious way. For many people, it doesn’t have any of the negative connotations of being a drug addict, even an alcoholic.
But why? They’re using a drug every day, getting intoxicated every day. Is there some difference between smoking pot every day and getting drunk every day or snorting coke every day? Does it not affect your mind, your emotions, your health, your motivation? (Ok, I think most people will at least concede that last one…)
It’s also really interesting how defensive people get about this topic when I bring it up. As if being high every day is somehow harmless if it’s weed. Oh that’s “different.” It’s good to be high every day if it’s weed, even healthy. It’s a really bizarre double standard and cognitive dissonance in my opinion.
I don’t really have a lot to say about this topic, but I do think this is an interesting, amusing phenomenon.