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You pretty much hit the nail. there is another factor someone here mentioned to deal with the core reason why people depend on drugs or other habits. Some are depressed, vulnerable bored etc...
originally posted by: Morningglory
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originally posted by: Xtrozero
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
Exactly. If anything the TRUE gateway drugs are either alcohol or tobacco. People always start with those first anyways.
It seems things are changing...
As example my sons ex-friend was a B student, great in sports, all round good guy. He went to live with his Grandma for 2 years and started to smoke pot since she does it. He is now F student, dropped out of all sports, has started to smoke cigarettes and lately is boasting that he steals liquor from the local Safe Way. Went from a popular guy to one that everyone now stays away from.
originally posted by: Kuroodo
It is a gateway drug, but not in the sense that the drug does it.
People take Marijuana, they got high, they like it. Some people like the high and want to go to the next level. That is when other drugs start coming in.
It's not in the sense that the drug does it, it's just indirectly influences you to do it and want it. Of course not everyone who smokes weed runs off and does other drugs. It's all how who the person is and how they are mentally. But it would be the same thing if someone took a different drug.
So actually, ALL drugs are gateway drugs. Most people who take a drug will want to experience the next level of a high. So they run off and take other drugs. Though there are some drugs that actually affect your mind in negative ways and give you the sensation of want. The reason why people point at Marijuana directly are cause of misinformation or other BS reasons.