Personally I feel that marijuana doesn’t get the respect that it should. There are two types of people who have negative opinions on it: the ones who haven’t tried it, and the ones who have had a bad experience with it.
People don’t realize that it helps with all sorts of problems. Insomnia, eating disorders, pain, even depression.
Do I think marijuana gets the credit it deserves? No.
But what is your opinion on it?
My opinion is that it’s looked down upon by those who have been lead to believe that it’s bad.
For example, I had friends in high school whose mothers would freak the hell out if they ever found out their son was smoking weed. Why? Because it’s illegal. And unfortunately if something is illegal, it’s easy for people to assume it’s bad.
Their logic is: if it’s illegal, it must be wrong.
The truth is, marijuana is the most mind-opening “drug” in the world. It’s a plant. It came from the Earth, just like we did. The fact that it’s illegal, but something synthetic like alcohol is not, is a clear example of how fucked up and backwards our world is.
There’s a third category of person with “negative” opinion about it: Those who have used it plenty and see it for what it is. Frankly, smoking is the LEAST awesome use of cannabis. Its other purposes are near miraculous, smoking not so much, although it is wonderful and I smoke it all the time.
Yes, it is excellent as a facilitator for some certain levels of learning, and for enjoyment. It can help any necessary passing of time feel less like “boredom” and more like hanging out with yourself. Many use it as an excuse to do nothing, others use it as stimulation to do certain things.
@chodebalm, I’ve been smoking regularly for about three years, and at the beginning I was judged and mistreated by a lot of my peers. Because marijuana wasn’t the “cool thing” to do. I guess it just pisses me off that these people haven’t even given it a chance. The kids in my town believe that marijuana is the biggest sin you could possibly have in your life, while they’re all drinking until they black out. You get so much shit for smoking an illegal plant but when teenagers are drinking underage, it’s hardly looked down on.
I don’t smoke that shit, but I don’t hate people who do. I just have no idea why people convince themselves that they need it. I guess you can use it as a way of focusing when you’re working on something creative, but that’s it. Meditation also works. And people might say that everything they don’t like is shit or everything they like is just the best. It all comes down to everyone’s selfishly-narrowed opinion.
There are great fuckers that smoke weed and there are useless fuckers that don’t.
Do I think a fucking plant should get credit? No.
I smoked for 10 years but quit because it weirded me out every time I did it. Now I can’t even have 1 cone of the weaker stuff and not get weirded out. I have no problem with it, it works for some people but just not me any more. I don’t think it should be illegal because I think it is under regulated. The price is bullshit and it is not grown and prepared properly because it is illegal.
I used to grow it hydroponically and you use chemical nutrients and growth/bloom hormones which all need to be properly flushed out of the plants system before harvest. These days, growers do not do that for 2 main reasons: 1) It gives smokers an extra hit from it, even though that shit fucks you up and 2) The longer the crop is in the hydroponics equipment the more time you risk being busted by the cops, and you get very little extra growth once you stop all the chemicals, so the risk outweighs the benefit.
Personally I think that it gets looked down on for more than just being illegal.
I am a regular smoker, but also I have a lot of willpower.
I’ve watched helplessly as (yes health class) many of my friends used marijuana and it became a gateway drug into some much harder substances. A lot of them have had jail time now which is unfortunate but as for me I’ve stuck to just natural things.
My point is,
1) its illegal because the paper industry would never be able to compete with hemp made paper, but most people don’t realize that is the reason it was made illegal not because it gets you high.
2) Some people want to smoke themselves into oblivion and they are the ones who use it all the time and most likely end up doing harder drugs. This is just as much a reason that people demonize it.
I’m open to discussion.
I actually had a really interesting conversation with my mother about the argument between marijuana use among teenagers and drinking alcohol. My mother does not have much experience with marijuana, she claims she smoked it once and absolutely hated it. Mind you, my mother also claims that “marijuana makes you feel out of control, whereas alcohol does not.” Personally, I can not fathom this logic.
1. I’ll begin with the most overused wrangle; marijuana is a plant. Alcohol is a poison. I have gotten to the point where I drank myself until I blacked out, had no idea how I got home, and convulsively vomited every 20 minutes for the next six hours. I’d love to hear an incident where someone “smoked too much” and had this same experience. No? Not possible? Because marijuana does not poison your body.
2. It makes you dumb. There are those who believe this argument, began smoking weed, and use it as an excuse to CONTINUE BEING a lazy individual with no ambitions. Those people were without a doubt just a lazy prior to smoking weed, however now they have found a social acceptable excuse to carry on with their poor habits.
3. Marijuana causes people to concentrate. It just depends on what you chose to concentrate on.
Point is, marijuana should not be the one that is getting credited. Sure, it can increase your creativity levels and HELP you concentrate. However, it will not make you smart, it will not make you dumb, it will not make you dull nor will it make you creative. It WILL heighten your sense of being. If you are a wonderful person to begin with, remain wonderful. If not, smoking marijuana will by no means transform you into someone you are not.
I smoked marijuana from a young age and stopped smoking around the time when everyone else usually started to smoke. I only stopped because I became very concerned with the way it affected my physical conditioning with the smoking element of it and all. But I do love the way it makes you feel. Now this thread is supposedly about whether the herb deserves more respect than it gets. Personally I don’t think it deserves any level of credit or respect but I agree that some people don’t understand that it really isn’t a bad thing as many people make it out to be. If you want to call this respect then ok it deserves respect. I just think people should have a more knowledgable understanding of the plant before they judge it based solely on the fact that it is illegal and because try were brought up to think of it as a bad thing.
Personally, I’m torn. I have a great appreciation for marijuana because it’s helped me through some of the hardest times of my life. On the other hand, it is also a major contribution to my procrastination in tending to my own personal needs and those of others. However, I’m consciously aware that the difference between those two experiences with cannabis is that I abused it when it was holding me down (smoking every day, at least 3 times a day) and that I took advantage of it’s healing properties when it guided me through the tough times (smoking once or twice a week, usually when I had no obligations in the day). I believe that everyone should try it at least once and that when they do, they should go into the experience with an open mind and a positive mind set. It may be a plant but that doesn’t mean that it’s okay to abuse it. The old saying does go: Too much of anything is not a good thing.
Use it as an inspiring force rather than a numbing agent. And if you’re having difficulties with others opposing it because it’s illegal or because they’ve never tried it, simply tell them not to knock something they haven’t yet tried and to keep in mind that the very same government that made it illegal is the same government that made guns legal and available to the nation, promotes war, and neglects to supply it’s people with free health care. What kind of a government claims to care about their people and yet, refuses them one of the most important factors of life? That’s a whole other ball game, though.
Also, it is far more miraculous when used in other ways. Smoking it is probably the most lethal way to indulge in it’s properties. Experiment with it – drink weed tea, consume it with some brownies, use it as an incense – that was one of it’s original uses, etc.
I’ve been smoking for about 4 years, and Now when I do smoke, I just get really sketched out. Because of all the things I think about when i’m not high just gets that much more intense when I am high. I smoke when theres nothing to do, But most of the time I just get weirded the fuck out lol. Now when people smoke i’m just like eh whatever you’re just gonna get lazy and partially deaf, but they seem happier when they’re high so that’s all that matters. aha
well i hv smoked it for 3 years continuously..and i would lik to open up personally on the use/abuse:- plz do comment :-in the beginning i particularly had a very low tendency of consumption,i started smoking in cigarates….emptying them and then mixing the stash wit the tobacco..then it lead to smoking papers and bongs ultimately..i found out it has started absorbing me wit maself….that resulted in me getting less social drastically(though i hav an awesome friend circle)….i learned western dancing(street)..and amazingly become good at interpreting body language..it even made me close to spirituality (being Indian ,,i started composing songs and poems in the favour of lord shiva a ”hindu god”…i feel damn alive..but by the end of ma college degree i started my self withdrawing from its use….actually i had become addicted to it..so i started abusing it….eventually i realized that..it is my mind which is constantly tricking me not to consider it as an addiction but a blessing from ma god….day by day i started becoming lazy..and i almost lost ma interest in socializing ….u might hav heard the song by lotusflower “.and the weed takes root in ma heart” something lik that….but since i m constantly in touch with the meditation..from my early childhood…(though i dnt practice it regularly) but 2-3 months regularly each year of my life…i came to the conclusion that marijuana is indeed a drug…it is lik an outside force,a catalyst that enhances ur self of awareness(m really sry if i hav hurt the sentiments of any HEthens ,plz do pardon me)..see this is my personal experience..and the results which i have witnessed are very devastating…..first i hav quit smoking then by continuous effort i reduced marijuana consumption to zero..now it is lik more then 4 months and i never want to indulge in it again ….there are certain holy groups in my country which practice worshiping “shiva” they are “nagas” and “Aghories”….u can google about them..they are regular smokers of marijuana …they live in some parallel reality..but they practice intense forms of yoga and meditation…u can call them lunatics but we respect them ..and call them “babas”(sadhu)…holy saints so..i cant disrespect cannabis but neither can i support its use ..cause i think on national basis it is killing the natural productivity ..which for us individuals is a matter of shame and it is also giving rise
it promotes corruption…and weakens the patriotism as as well enthusiasm for the national well being…..people are always giving the wrong causes (excuses) to promote it…it is illegal world wide….and in such times of total evil all around …it is better to rise ourselves to our true consciousness ..witout breaking the natural rhythm ….and should work constantly in making this place a better place…..is this not a cause enough to stop promoting.. because it is generating criminals and entertaining crime..which is even leading to death of many ignorant people who are associated wit it directly or indirectly(Mafias and those who are illegally making money due to nothing but addiction of people to it..weather u accept it or not..)…just give me enough reasons which come above the life of the people making your country..so that i can again get into it..sry..i m arrogant if u call me..but it is an ABUSE to the society..which no matter you believe or not but are a very crucial part of it…for sure there are more non marijuana smokers in our country then the one who smokes….and what is the meaning of living unreal rather then to accept the reality…”people are getting killed”…dnt be a part…of this …what m i..a nobody ….jst someone who puts humanity above all…and if all of this is a big bullshit…then let god curse me…..OM..(radha swami)…
I don’t think people should be punished over it, and like alcohol I have no problem if someone wants to indulge in it as long as they don’t hurt anyone else by the actions they take. I also don’t think it is chemically addictive, but certainly like anything else can turn into a habit which can take up a huge amount of someone’s time and money.
Personally though, I’ve quit smoking it. I had it for the last time about a month ago, and for about all of this past year including some months of 2011, I’ve been trying to quit but relapsed, mostly because I was really drunk already and then decided to smoke. But this time, I feel different, this time I feel like I’m really done. The reason why I quit was that I didn’t see it inspiring any positive changes in me (other than appreciation for things like music and food flavors) and it certainly wasn’t enhancing my creativity, but rather I felt it was just continuing my laziness which was bad enough without it. And when me and my friends would smoke, we never did anything that great – we usually just rewatched the same comedies we’d been watching so many times before, and not only that, but we ate a lot of junk food too and it made me feel really unhealthy. Smoking it made me feel more or less similar to drinking alcohol, but the next day I would sometimes get a “weed hangover” where I was even lazier than usual when I woke up the next day. Again, I’m not saying it is this way for everyone but it was for me. I may consider smoking again if ever I find absolute proof that it is healthy or fights cancer as some people claim, or if I find that it was my attitude that made me lazy and not the weed, but other than that, I find it somewhat boring.
@chodebalm, I agree with every single one of your points, except for that it’s the most eye-opening drug. It certainly opens your eyes a bit, but having tripped on shrooms I can’t say weed is more eye-opening. I’m sure there’s something out there even more eye-opening that shrooms too. But yeah cannabis is great
My opinion is that I’m going to smoke it for the rest of my life and I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks about that fact. Everything else concerning the plant is irrelevant to me.
@theskafish, Dude really? Come on. You’re always so melancholy when you post. Weed is not responsible for your boring friends and pathetic attitude. For fucks sake.
I found an excellent article that elaborates on weed’s effect on consciousness:
@irievibes, “Weed is not responsible for your boring friends and pathetic attitude. For fucks sake.”
Prove it. With unbiased, measurable fact, not your opinions. What do you do on weed that is so exciting then? I’m not even being sarcastic here, I’m just saying I haven’t found it yet myself – so if you know like you claim to, show me something better. Like I said, I’ve tried weed, smoked it more or less for 5-6 years and it didn’t add value to MY life – I never said that I claim to know what it does for other people, as a matter of fact, like I said I’m for legalization and I don’t think it should be criminal, but just like some people don’t want to drink, I don’t want to smoke. I’m not trying to tell you what should work for you, or putting down YOUR lifestyle and choices, so where do you get off putting down mine?
And yes, I guess I am a little melancholy but you know what, life’s not always a blast for everybody. Excuse me if my life isn’t or can’t be party-all-the-time.
@theskafish, Life is what YOU think it to be, nothing more. Surround yourself with infectiously positive music and I guarantee that will change you. Music is powerful.
Forget the weed. It’s just an enhancer of whats already there.
I don’t want to argue, by the way. I apologize if I came off a little brash. That was before I smoked this bowl and realized how insensitive it was to say that. (Not joking)
@irievibes, “I apologize if I came off a little brash. That was before I smoked this bowl and realized how insensitive it was to say that. (Not joking)”
Eh, it’s fine, but this is sort of one of the reasons I am so melancholy – I have a problem with hiding from the things I really want in life, and for me weed was a way to just blow off life and not care that I was doing it. For me, it is easier to feel warm and fuzzy from smoking and do nothing, than it is to just do what’s necessary, which I need to do in spades to make up for years of clouded perceptions and lost time. There’s so much I need to know and do, and fast. I’m trying, but heaven knows it’s not easy.
@theskafish, I think a lot of times we expect way too much of ourselves. When we drift off in thought we feel like we must be somewhere else, in a different situation. BUT, you can’t move mountains over night.
I always used to feel rushed and I hated the anxiety that came with that. You must slow down, and focus…………….like a zen master
The worst thing thats ever happened from me smoking too much was that I didn’t feel like getting off the couch. I never had any desire to try any other drugs I just didn’t want to although i constantly had friends want me to do coke,pills,x,molly,ect.
I quit smoking because I was sick of not feeling real (Obviously I had complete control of my functions and decision making) it’s just that I would smoke so much every single day.
It was just too much to maintain memory wise and of course contributed to my lazyness and all my friends were fucking boring and never wanted to do anything.
I do miss driving stoned though