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.
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.