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    I honestly think its difficult to separate alcohol & pot. Alcohol is legal but has greater and more frequent negative consequences. And pot is illegal!

    I have no issues with people's occasional use of pot but do have an issue with daily use and see that as an unhealthy addiction (same views for alcohol).

    I have tried it (don't like it) but I've tried almost everything and had some great times & don't regret it for a second! Thankfully though, I had enough sense to understand the dangers, knew where to draw the line and did not buckle to peer pressure. This is the most important thing as a parent as far as I'm concerned - ensuring children understand the dangers and are confident to say no. But some personalities are more susceptible to risk taking than others so don't quite know what the right approach would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    I was raised by a couple of hippies, and cannabis or dope as we called it was pretty much an everyday thing in the household.

    I did try it as a teenager, and thankfully had a really bad experience, so don't like it at all. I am completely anti drugs in any form, and so is my sister, we both saw people bombed out all the time in our childhood.

    My brother got into dope quite heavily, and then into party drugs, and then amphetimenes and was on those for 10 years, a couple of near OD's later he ended up in rehab and is thankfully clean now. Our whole family were in shock when we heard he was a speed user, none of us knew.

    Anyway, having said all of that, my father is an alchoholic (no longer drinks) and alcohol had a much worse effect on our family than cannabis.

    I feel alcohol is by far worse than dope, but won't be saying anything good about either drug to my boys.

    Hopefully they do not end up users of any drugs.
    I can relate to this a bit...as in being in that kind of environment as a kid, mum on dope all the time and her bf. But definitely agree alcohol is worse as her bf is an alcoholic and was very violent and took other drugs when intoxicated, therefore i think alcohol is worse and can lead to worse drugs.
    Can say i have tried it, and other drugs recreationally, but stopped purely because i was over it....or grew up!. I dont have a addictive personlity and i didnt want to end up like my mum and her bf so that put me off ever doing them again.

    Of course i enjoy a wine/drink occasionally but responsibly.

    I hope i can set a good example for my kids and teach them enough to make responsible decisions :-)

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    I went to residential drug/alcohol rehab when I was 18 as an ACOA (Adult child of alcoholic) 'cos I was messed up by my upbringing, and came across addicts of all shape and form while there, that also has had a huge impact on my feelings towards drugs, they are nasty.

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    I've never tried it and never will. I've seen how it can ruin lives first hand.

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    I hate pot. It ruined my DHs family. His mother was a massive stoner and it led to all kinds of horrible situations and she was a sh!t mother because of it and put her children in danger.

    I have friends who smoke it and I just cannot understand why. I don't see how it's enjoyable?

    When it comes to drugs it's black and white for me. I hate them. They ruin lives and I will be making sure my kids know all the horrible things they have caused our family over time.

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    No drugs here. I have never tried them and I never want to. Seen too many people go mad because of them. Waste lives.

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    Never tried it and never will. Hubby has when he was at uni - quite a bit - and again when he went on his stags weekend (we lived in UK so close to Amsterdam!) he hasn't since we've been married because I said I wanted him not to. I will be ensuring my children understand the dangers of any illegal drug and also the legal ones such as alcohol and smoking.

    With regards to trying in an adults presence this is how I feel about alcohol. Myself and my siblings all drank (small amounts not like a habit!) from a very early age simply because the adults around us were (father was and still is a chronic alcoholic). There was no mystery about it and I think this has gone a long way towards the fact that, so far, none of us have an issue with drinking. The first time my sister got drunk was when she was visiting me at uni (I told my mum about it and she was fine with it as she trusted me to ensure it was a safe environment). The same thing with my other sister - she got wasted at my wedding (she was 12) but it was just family and friends. Our parents were there to look after her and she learnt a valuable lesson about the after effects.

    Illegal drugs will have no place in our home though and I will be very firm about that. If our children do decide to try it (which I don't condone) I hope they speak to us about it rather than hiding it. I'm actually more against smoking than I am against pot though..

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    I'm on the fence.... I used it in my teen years occasionally. Tho I Wouldn't want it in my house or around DD, nor would I want her to try/use it. I know several people who use it on a more regular basis and even more who use it occasionally... They are all good people, with good lives... Several are very successful.

    Tbh I know more people with "issues" involving alcohol and heavier drugs than pot smokers.
    It also depends what they smoke (like hydro or bushies or if its laced with other drugs)

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    I wonder how much difference the "new" types of pot ie the stronger hydros and strains are making a difference? Perhaps if the old bush plants were still around the damage would be less?

    To be honest I'm sitting on the sunny step in the sunshine and an "old fashioned" sounds rather nice (not that I would at this stage of my life) but it's a bit like a shandy versus a vodka and red bull?

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    Just in relation to the illegal substance view.
    There is a legal pot. Its synthetic and absolutely horrendous. Its dangerous and poisonous and I hate the fact that it exists. The natural stuff is a lot better in that stuff, even if it is illegal.

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