Is weed a bad thing?
Hey guys and girls. Do you think weed is a mind numbing drug that destroys the foundations of your intellect, or is it a tool to enhance your knowledge and make you smarter?
- What are your experiences with weed as a tool of gaining intellect and insights? :)
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@beyond, I have never had a “real” job besides studying which i consider my job. To be honest, i think weed helped me observe things i normally would not even notice, and i agree it depends on what kind of situation you find yourself in career terms.
- How did weed affect your job?
What people sometimes forget is that cannabis was used as a medicine for hundreds if not thousands of years in ancient cultures. some people say that it is not a medicine but really what does a lot of medicine do for you… it makes you feel better by alleviating symptoms, not curing or getting rid of the disease. It is true that excessive use and abuse to this substance can be harmful but that is true with just about anything (gambling, smoking, drinking, masturbating, ect.). In my opinion weed is very helpful in many different ways, from absorbing knowledge, understanding the things (universe) around you, and being very introspective, but it is not for everyone just keep your mind open and you will figure it out
@freedem I don’t believe marijuana is a mind numbing drug. Weed opens your mind and doesn’t close it, like alcohol.
It may allow one insights and can shatter beliefs as well. Like any pyscho-substance it increases mental stimulation for better, or worse. Personally, I suffer from chronic anxiety. Ganja releases the mental tensions and allows me to recognize what makes me anxious and to not react to it. For many I know, smoking herb increases their anxiety. Sometimes causing extreme distress or panic attacks.
Marijuana in the medical field is becoming very popular. As a natural substance it can provide many people relief without subjecting them to the side effects of prescription drugs i.e. addiction.
I think that’s amazing!
My experience is through meditation and philosophical conversation. Smoking allows me to literally put myself in someone else’s shoes or in a train of thought and allows me to see it from that point of view, correlating it in to my own view, and finding the similarities and differences of many world views.
It’s definitely a mind opener. Everybody’s reaction to marijuana is different, some are completely relaxed, others hyper, or paranoid. But in my experience It’s been a mind opener. Instead of restraint, everything pours out.
I have only had it 2-3 times, so do not have much experience. But I keenly noticed every sensation and feeling during the experience and the after effects of it. During the intoxication – lasting for around 3 hours, the perception alteration is very very intriguing and fantastic at times. But once the effect wears off, I become listless and seem to lose a lot of motivation/drive for the next 2 days. This refractory period probably gets shorter if you do it more regularly. Also, I have heard that with frequent use, your memory is affected. Personally, I would like to have weed at a frequency of around twice a month.
Here are some of my suggestions:
- Try to limit the frequency of smoking to once a week
- Do it only when you really feel like it
- Before your weed session, try to set an intention about what you hope to experience or open up to. For example: I am going to meditate on it non-stop for 1 hour and completely stay aware throughout the experience OR I want to hear my favorite playlist of songs (make a playlist :)) and try to perceive every single instrument, vocals and find meaning in them OR I am going to walk in nature and try to see profound metaphors OR I am going to watch this movie (choose a good movie) and lose myself into its story/characters OR I am going to relax and have open chats with my friends etc.
A few days ago, me and my friends decided to smoke a lot more than we usually do. When we did that, I realized weed’s effect on me. It either creates more thoughts in my brain, which can be entertaining or negative, or it creates more imagination in my brain, which is displayed to me through either astral projection, or random images in my head.