This is a good question. I think it depends upon the person themselves. Mostly I think pot smokers stick to pot. A person could start there and try other things that is possible. I would imagine they just end up right back to the pot because it seems to be the safest. I guess. A gateway? Not likely, I would say it is an accessory drug. The regular go to drug. It doesn't do much in my opinion. I really don't get the fascination. I've tried different things and have had no attachment to any of it. I guess it could be a gateway if someone is really looking for something to do something for them, and it doesn't. So therefore they go to something else. This all goes back to it depending upon the person themselves.