Our expert says:
Sounds like he wants to be reasonabl and rational about this, tulu. If they use dagga only occasionally, and IN PLACE OF , rather than as well as, a few beers, it might not produce significant problems, as alcohol very well can. But users usually minimize or ignore the increasing scientific evidence that it DOES do harm, when smoked in strength, and frequently, over years. Firstly, like cigarettes, it's bad for the lungs.
Also, though it's not practical to identify vulnerable people in advance of it's use, it is now really clear that in some vulnerable people it make precipitate a serious psychotic illness, which might not be easy to treat. Keli's cousin could very well have had this sad result, even with using nothing but daga.
And with long-term heavy use, it reduces ones initiative and clarity of thought. There are incredibly few examples of anyone under the influence of dagga or any other drug, actually producing anything of lasting value, though one of the well-known efects of the drug is that you may feel deeply impressed at the brilliance of the ideas you have while under it's influence, they generally look pathetic to any straight / sober person listening to them --- in other words, it makes us feel more impressed with ourselves, rather as alcohol sometimes can.
One does not get physically hooked on marijuana in the way one gets hooked on heroin and other opiates, for instance ; though some, especially solitary folks, may become psychologically dependent, and use it to excess. As several readers have said, excess is harmful, of almost everything.
If he is still doing well in his studies and personal life, he probably doesn't need to see anyone about his smoking. If he might be getting depressed, maybe that would be more worth discussing with a shrink ?
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