Marijuana is not commonly thought of as an addictive drug, and may not have the same withdrawal effects other hard core drugs like heroin, cocaine and meth. It is addictive however, and long term use can eventually lead pot smokers to a physical addiction. This physical addiction can have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks. One thing that is often overlooked however, is how mentally addictive marijuana can be, and the power of that mental addiction.
Mental addiction can be just as hard to break as any physical addiction, sometimes harder, as anyone who has tried to quit smoking can tell you. Using smoking as an example, the physical addiction to the nicotine in cigarettes can last as little as 3 days, or as long as two weeks, depending on the frequency of smoking and the years of being a smoker. The mental addiction however, that craving for a cigarette, can last months or even longer. This is the power the mind has to create mental addictions. It associates activities, or feelings with one another to create powerful bonds between your actions, and your subconscious. So if a smoker always smoked while driving, and felt a sense of relaxation from it, once the physical addiction has past, they may still crave a cigarette whenever they get into a car. It’s the same principle with marijuana, and it’s extremely powerful.