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Originally posted by WyrdeOne
My guess would be psychosomatic, induced by the mind, a trick, an illusion.
Marijuana is psychologically addictive (NOT physically addictive), the brain gets used to operating with cannabanoid receptors full, and it organizes its pathways appropriately. The down side is, when you stop smoking, those new pathways are no longer efficient, and in many cases simply don't work (think of full receptors as fuse plugs).
The illness is most likely psychosomatic, or possibly coincidental.
I've done a lot of 'interviews' with smokers, asking them what happens when they stop smoking. Most reply the same way, they get irritable, fuzzy brained, and have cravings for a couple of days or a week. After that everything should return to normal.
There is absolutely no evidence that marijuana is physically addictive, at least not that I've seen. Laboratory rats were not sufficiently motivated by THC withdrawal to go psychotic, as most did when deprived of opiates, synthetic speed, processed coc aine, and many other commonly available chemicals like caffeine and nicotine.