Here’s my hypothesis: Cannabis is the holy herb. It balances the Autonomic Nervous System which allows for optimal function of the human being as an organism. This balance also allows one to experience heart-consciousness. Our hearts pick up and interact through electromagnetic information (www.heartmath.org). Therefore, cannabis breaks down the bridge between inside and out, energetically speaking.
I believe cannabis is a teacher, a plant teacher that shows us how to interact with others out of love.
I believe this herb has the potential to change human history if used correctly.
I would like to hear thoughts, insights, similar experiences. Don’t beat around the bush.
Most importantly, if something helps you gain higher consciousness, it is only healthy to use.
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Yeah the first time i smoked weed was like… 4 years ago?, it made me realize things you just normally don’t no matter what; I started feeling sorry for a dying tree i saw, and after seeing that it literally made me appreciate my life. I felt like i held the answers to everything. this level passed, after awhile there isn’t much to notice, then i went into a state of spirituality, i just wanted to be peaceful like a hippie lol and now all i care about are philosophies, theories and new ideas that can help me expand my mind, weed just, makes me feel human instead of a robot like everyone else get me? i think weed takes you through steps in life, it gives you thoughts and feelings you don’t pick up with out being aware of them, weed helps you become aware. For me at least, there’s this saying “Marijuana affects people differently” – they could be right. idk.
@josephm, “I try to speak as broadly as I can so the readers don’t feel left out or write it off. ”
Just don’t spread outright lies and there isn’t any problem with this. People who are interested, like you, would go look up cannabinoid, and it would help you sound a bit more believable as well.
And don’t be hypocritical. The reason you said the brain makes “THC” in the first place was from another source.
I couldn’t agree more with everything being said in this post. I Believe you are all correct and hopefully this world we live in now is going through a complete conscious awakening. I would love to live in a world where our leaders sat around and passed the peace pipe before making any drastic decisions. It’s up to people like us to keep moving forward and bring forth the truth and drown out the ignorance.
Weed is definitely something that has helped a lot of people throughout their lives but it does however have its negative sides. I used to smoke pretty much every day or every second day and I loved it, it made me think about things in a different way, made me stop being such an asshole to everyone, made me all around better. It did also lead to some existential anxiety though; one night I was smoking and thought about life, how wonderful it is, and how death is guaranteed for all of us no matter what and although there are some theories about what happens after we don’t actually know what happens. Some of that anxiety still lingers today, it follows me around and won’t leave me alone sometimes.
Weed is amazing, I still recommend it to people to this day even after what it did to me. We have to acknowledge its potential bad side effects though; I thought it was the Holy of Holies up until the day the existential crisis started.
@eyeslikeskies, I started smoking herb about 1 year ago, and as I commonly tell people who ask me about it I say… “I once was blind but now I see”.
There are two points in my life, pre-weed and post-weed. Pre weed I was a bitter person who was opinionated, selfish and didn’t give a fuck about anything but myself and my opinions. I didn’t give my family nor my friends the respect they deserved and could not find anything positive in this world. A few friends of mine had always smoked and I always said no when they offered me a joint. But gradually I accepted and felt my mind explode, open up and start loving everything and everyone. It didn’t happen straight away but with time my mind became awakened to the world around me. Every time I get high I want to learn as much as I can and I think this corresponds with your, “I believe cannabis is a teacher, a plant teacher that shows us how to interact with others out of love.” comment. It is so bizarre that on this tiny spec of rock in the Universe a herb that grows from the ground can completely change the way someone thinks.
The world is meant to be a place filled with love and happiness, and as I smoke this joint I can feel that message swell up inside of me like a pulsing heart beat.
This is amazing! I completely agree. its kind of creepy to think about how this amazing plant is illegal but it makes sense. I doubt the government wants us to think that much! I think they want ever average person to be completely content with what they provide! so this plant actually helps us start thinking completely for ourselves! its kind of amazing
My friends, the diversity and thoughtful tones of your responses are greatly appreciated.
@chodebalm, You are most welcome.
@searchingforthetruth, Your remark about the herb as a tool is a central crux to the conversation. Similarly as a hammer may be used to break a skull open, it may also be used to build a garden.
@josephm, A very excellent point. We do have cannabanoids in our bodies along with other psychoactive chemical structures such as DMT. Makes you think that plants may contain natural neurotransmitters…
@lolivia, The best of luck to you on the path of integrating love. It is so difficult at times but also so loving. If we are all one, how could we hate another, except by hating ourselves?
@jasonrodz, I hear you brother, the plant definitely just pushes everything to a deeper level. It challenges us to examine our lives on a very complex plane. The remark about the dying tree is wonderful, to hear that ganja allowed you to truly see life as it is.
@dkhamlett, Very well said. We need to be vehicles of change, we need to be brutally compassionate. To call out that which is not aware, so to say!
@crux, How close this post lies to my heart. I went through the same awakening as you. Marijuana transformed me on such a profound level that I rejected suicide. It opens up the heart, and that is the key. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful thoughts.
@gosho, Thank you for grounding this argument. It does enhance whatever one experiences. Therefore, if one’s intention is to use it as an escape, it will become just that. I have many friends in sad situations with marijuana. Similarly, one may kill or hit a home run with a bat.
@magicmush, Your insights are valid and valued. I share similar experiences with friends. It can be the most damaging addiction. But, again, it is all based upon one’s intention.
@machiruu, Your thoughts on moderation are very well put. I always take one hit and stop, and as the threshold is crossed, one is able to do the work they set out to do. It’s not as exhausting to use a small amount, at least in my experience.
@thezango, Incredibly put. A delicate balance must be maintained with this herb. But isn’t that just one of the lessons it has to teach us, about balance?
@cadeus333, Couldn’t agree more about cannabis and other drugs. To suggest that marijuana convinces one to use different psychoactive compounds is a serious lack of responsibility. Once or twice a week is by far the best way. I use it one a week as well and feel that it allows for the clearest insights that way.
@generaltitsvonchodehoffen, A valuable opinion, good sir!
@tangledupinplaid21, I used to experience anxiety with marijuana as well. Try taking one small hit. You’ll be pleasantly surprised :)
@reinvented2012, The weed is absolutely not for everyone, couldn’t agree more. Marijuana receives the stigma it does because it threatens the power structure. It forces one to question authoritarian society and recognize how barbaric and unnecessary it is. I am delighted to hear about your transformation and growing experiences with the herb. You are so right about it being a love drug. Let’s spread the love!
@ijesuschrist, well, you know what I mean, the illusion of the word THC was hinting at the chemical compound behind it. try to understand whats behind it regardless of grammar. thank you for correcting me, someone learned something and im happy.
Hey guys, good topic, but don’t you think just looking at one side of things will never show you the big picture?
What I see here is a bunch of happy people who smoke marijuana so that they can enhance their happiness. But I’ve seen many people smoking marijuana when they are in a bad mood or their point of view is negative in general, and when they get high that just gets enhanced.
They don’t magically get converted into smiling hippies. They don’t suddenly feel connected to the Universe. They feel the same, just now they are also “buzzed” or “stoned” or whatever. For first timers, they could have a “bad trip” , some people never smoke after that (might be for good). Marijuana just isn’t for everyone.
I think marijuana enhances the way you experience life. Connects “reality” with your patterns of reality, everything starts “making sense” and you feel so much more *insert intense feeling* than before. Then you come down, the feeling is lost and you want it back. You want those insights back, you want that connection back. That’s how you get psychologically addicted to marijuana. And then you find reasons to justify it. From there on, it’s a long road.
@eyeslikeskies, I agree with you. I used to smoke marijuana on the daily..I grew less appreciative of it over time and I was just using it to get high for my own personal greed. Something inside me was wrong, so I stopped during the spring and summer. I started smoking this September, but now every time I smoke marijuana I have such a deep appreciation for everything I have in my life. It makes me enjoy the “now” more.
@eyeslikeskies, To introduce a new point of view – I recently stopped smoking weed because it greatly inhibits dream recall (being able to vividly remember your dreams upon waking up). I’ve been reading pretty deeply into lucid dreaming, and realized it’s a nearly impossible skill to learn while in a weed smoking lifestyle (this coming from a guy who smoke several times a day for the last 2 years, and remembers only a couple dreams if that). Not to burst anyone’s bubble here – as I believe everyone is completely free to do as they please and if weed helps one gain a greater understanding of reality or compassion for others, by all means do it – but I think the things capable within skillful lucid dreaming far exceed the abilities of weed. Not to mention, it encourages finding contentment and satisfaction within one’s own mind, rather than relying on consumption of something external to bring it.
This is simply my recently developed point of view, but I thought I’d put it out there just to broaden the discussion a bit.
@josephm, its a pet peeve of mine when people start saying stuff about drugs that aren’t true. “DMT is made in the brain” “Dmt is what makes us dream and what we see when we die” “LSD makes your brain bleed” etc…
Use cannabinoid and it is important, because it would give illusions of THC and human consciousness. I want to minimize hear-say about drugs as much as possible.
i agree with what a lot has been said so far but yes – very one sided topic. I had been smoking weed for about 5 years and in that time i have learnt so much about myself, others, life, people, interaction, corruption – everything about the world that you learn on those ‘buzzy’ sessions with your mates, learning things that no one would even give a shit about if they were sober. but there is a horrible dark side to smoking this. it is the gateway drug to a lot of things and often leads to you meeting rough people, getting in dangerous situations, being financially buttraped, having run ins with the law and mixing and mingling with a whole different crowd of people. i have seen people – my best friends lives been overtaken and ruined cause of this little herb. my best friend became a full on dealer because he was a heavy weed smoker, what started out as a big habit turned into buying large amounts for free smoke then selling off the rest to make the money back. the money and no job seemed a dream and too easy and before you knew it his house turned into the local tinny house. i couldnt stand seeing the corrupted person my best friend had became it ruined our friendship. i was working my ass off doing 50 hour weeks paying all my bills and buying his drugs fueling my horrible weed addiction whilst he sat at home selling to 100′s of people not even lifting a finger. i havnt even touched on the dependancy of the drug, you get so used to it when you smoked as much as me – multiple times per day that the best part of your day was the first 5 minutes of waking up that you were sober (and this sober non high feeling even felt rare and odd) i was at the point where i couldnt imagine people not walking around being high or smoking weed. then i realised that something was seriously wrong and i was under this massive spell that comes with the drug now ive stopped and my life couldnt be better without it.
I really think it all does its wonders for everyone but if you go around smoking it day in day out and thinking oh its not addictive i can do as much of it as i want – isnt that the addiction? for me its the most addictive drug in the world – not physically but mentally because there is this whole ‘its not addictive’ regime with it.
Getting high is the addictive part. It doesnt matter how you do it thats what it is and thats the harsh truth about it. I have seen both sides of this drug please dont argue with me on this im not looking to cause trouble.
n a better society, with more understanding people,
nobody will change you. Everybody will help you to be yourself —
and to be oneself is the richest thing in the world.
To be oneself gives you all that you need to feel fulfilled,
all that can make your life meaningful, significant.
Just being yourself and growing according to your nature
will bring the fulfillment of your destiny.
@josephm, THC is not naturally occurring in the body – don’t say stuff like that… that’s a huge claim and to just throw it around without a simple google search is…not good.
I’m attempting something in my other thread about “astral projection” used loosely. The immediate results are interesting…
However I have a much deeper reasoning of doing this, for all of you lovers of THC please take part in the experiment.
@ijesuschrist, I was just talking about this the other day and people freaked the fuck out because I criticized Joe Rogan for being responsible for a lot of the hear-say about DMT. I’m not sure what bugs me more, the fact that people are so misinformed because of Joe Rogan, or the fact that they are riding his jock so hard.
I definitely think both sides of the coin need to be visited here. I am a devoutee to the bud but there is definitely something to be said about overuse and how it can lead to mental and physical lethargy. Not to mention an array of negative emotions it can accelerate like anxiety, nervousness, austere introspection that can send you into a spiral that aint so fun. Also it is difficult to be mindful and smoke casually at the same time because it is so mentally draining. On the other hand, creatively it can work miracles to enhance your mental cognition.
Initially I came to many grand revelations after smoking but after continual use I find the feeling is not what it used to be. After 3 hours of ephemeral magic I find that no amount of smoking can recreate the initial feelings and then I feel like I am just wasting my time – and my weed. The rest of my day will be plagued by my tired mind and I will be noticeably less active the day after.
Its can be a beautiful think to smoke, create, connect and epiphanise but when you are spending more days lying zoned out on your couch its time to take a break.
I generally agree with basically everything said in the thread, but I’ll add a couple points I’ve thought. Overall, I think weed has the inherent benefit of making people more open minded by inviting them to look at reality from a viewpoint beyond their regular perspective. In this sense it is a good thing. At the same time what I’ve found, for smoking it to actually be beneficial the person needs to be interested in this kind of thinking. People need to actually want to use their mind, and only then do all of these positive things follow. Being a young adult, I look around and I see a lot of people who smoke a lot, but they do it to ‘turn their mind off’. They use it so they have something to do while they don’t think about anything, with the added benefit of making a TV show slightly more interesting. So it definitely depends on the person, but I don’t think a lot of people actually try to get the most out of it, and it’s deifnitely how they look at it. A lot of people look at it like alcohol and drinking, where for weed they smoke just to get really stoned, not for introspection or creativity.
Personally, I started getting a lot more out of weed when I started smoking by myself. I can smoke a tiny amount and get a lot of out of it alters my consciousness in the slightest. Where when you’re with other people you automatically smoke a lot more, you’re not as attuned to the slighter changes in your mind so it doesn’t ‘feel’ like you’re high. It’s an interesting thing I noticed.
Agreeing with the general tone of the thread, I believe that marijuana is a wonderful creation and in the past year that I have smoked ‘full-time’ my mind has grown amazingly, I have learnt to appreciate different perspectives and have learnt a great deal about myself and the world.
However, on the flip side, I have/am also experiencing the effects of addiction, like that little voice that takes over when ‘its just one more’ or I buy weed without considering my weekly budget. I also believe that its very easy to get trapped in negative thought patterns with weed, such as getting stuck with a negative thought that pops up from time to time, subtly playing on your mind. But as I have realized the negative effects I have tried to maintain control and adjust my smoking, so now I only get amazingly high with friends, and am more prone to one nice relaxing joint in the afternoon and one before bed otherwise.
TL/DR: Weeds awesome, just make sure to maintain both moderation and control
@keriaku, I agree about the smoking alone thing in a way. I find that when i take a bong hit or 2 then go for a drive (usually to my girls house) my head is filled with thoughts. I starts solving personal issues and larger issues in my head. Things really start to make more and more sense as i am driving. I wish I wrote that stuff down, so maybe it would be good for me to chill in my room alone once and a while and start writing this stuff down. Its pretty amazing how the thought process changes.