How much has to be consumed daily

Stoned every day - is everything OK?

Not so long ago cannabis was seen as a gateway drug in an irrevocably downward spiral of drug addiction, but today the risks of cannabis use are viewed in a much more differentiated manner. Research has shown that even daily cannabis use does not necessarily have to be related to serious problems. For a long time, for example, it was assumed that long-term smoking weed would lead to a so-called amotivation syndrome. The term was coined in clinical practice in connection with psychiatrically conspicuous cannabis users. It was observed that patients who constantly smoke weed appear indifferent, passive and generally deprived of their drive as well as face everyday demands with a certain indifference, in other words: they let themselves be pretty drooped.

Undoubtedly there are people who smoke weed and vegetate without motivation into the day. But that is not the rule. The assumption of such a syndrome is now considered refuted. For example, a recent study compared a group of 243 people who smoke weed daily with 244 non-users. The general motivation and life satisfaction were examined. The result shows that the two groups do not differ significantly in terms of motivation or life satisfaction.

However, this result should not hide the fact that daily smoking weed can also lead to massive problems, such as addiction. But just as daily smoking weed does not necessarily lead to listlessness and a lack of life satisfaction, there is also no one-way street into addiction. Some drink their joint every day without being classified as dependent according to the current criteria. What's the difference?

It's the amount that counts

A study of over 2,800 people who said they smoke weed every day looked into this question. About 39 percent of the daily stoners surveyed via the Internet could not find any addiction. In essence, it shows that the addicts among the daily stoners have a particularly intensive consumption. They smoke more joints a day and get drunk harder than the non-dependent stoners. They also drink significantly more alcohol and are more open to other illegal drugs. Daily smoking weed is considered a risk factor for developing an addiction, but it is not the only characteristic. The decisive factor is the overall pattern of use, which in cannabis addicts is characterized by an overall more intensive use of cannabis.

The study also shows that dependent stoners suffer more negative consequences than non-addicts in many ways. They are more depressed, less motivated and generally more dissatisfied with their lives than those surveyed who consume on a daily basis but still comparatively moderately. The intensive consumption is also noticeable physically. Addicted stoners experience physical withdrawal symptoms and are more likely to have respiratory illnesses than those surveyed who have not (yet) been found to be dependent.

When smoking weed gets out of hand

Often it is above all the stressful negative consequences such as depression, social withdrawal or memory and concentration problems that were the reason for the participants in the “quit the shit” counseling program to severely limit their cannabis use or to want to give up completely. “I smoked ten joints every day ... I don't want that anymore,” a participant in the “quit the shit” counseling program notes self-critically during the admission interview. Another participant says: “As soon as I have smoked, I move things that I actually wanted to do.” Practically everyone who visits the counseling program feels that they are psychologically dependent on cannabis use.

If you are unsure how risky your own cannabis use is, you can check this with the self-test "cannabis check" and receive feedback on the most important risk factors for smoking weed. If the feedback is already in the red, the “quit the shit” advisory team can provide support in reducing consumption or even stopping it entirely.

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REITOX report 2007 (PDF, 827 KB)
Press release of the drug commissioner (27.11.2007)
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy (1)
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy (2)