Are you familiar with Ted Talks?  They are a series of very thoughtful presentations, or talks, that take place around the world.  You can watch these presentations on Ted.com.  Anyway, here’s a very powerful Ted Talk on weed addiction, that you simply must watch.  This helped me gain a better understanding of my own marijuana withdrawal issues.

This video is only about 15 minutes long.   I watched it twice.  The first time through, I kind of absorbed it.  The second time I took some notes to really get the full benefit of it’s contents.  I recorded the notes I took from it below, but I encourage you to take your own notes to get the full benefit:

  • Society likes to punish addicts which only encourages further addictive behavior.  This is why society has had very little success in treating addiction.
  • The introduction of a chemical substance(like THC on our case) into the body does not cause addiction.
  • Addiction feeds off of isolation, disconnection, and loneliness.
  • Marijuana withdrawal is a real thing
  • Having a purpose in life and deep personal relationships are the best antidotes to addiction and marijuana withdrawal depression.

Thoughts:

I watched this talk after I wrote the post on quitting weed and depression.  It supports the first half of the post about psychological and social withdrawal but it’s a bit contradictory to the second half about physiological withdrawal.

What is great though, is that it supports the ideas in our Quit Weed System.   Our guide provides another alternative, non-traditional approach to treating addiction because it focuses on connection and purpose.  Marijuana withdrawal depression is proof enough that weed is addictive.

 

 

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN JULY 2015, AND waS UPDATED FOR TIMELINESS AND ACCURACY