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?
@theskafish, I’m pretty much in the same boat. I had fun while it lasted and I’d be lying if it didn’t get me through some of the hardest times in life when I just couldn’t be stuck with 4 walls. But as said so little time so much to learn
In the words of Dr Dre “smoke weed everyday”
Nah but seriously it completely depends on the individual, it can be extremely beneficial if you are in the right mind state and understand what weed is and what is does. But on the other hand it can do the opposite if you are not mentally prepared for it. Same goes for most drugs, they tend to be abused by people who have no idea what the drugs do and why they should be used. And of course the media, laws, word of mouth and what not, have a huge impact on the way drugs are perceived.
@hlyrichey, I hate the stigma given to those fighting for legalization. Every time I start a convo on the internet people want to say “Josh must be high” because I am fighting for myself and everyone who wants it legalized. They want to say marijuana legalization isnt important, its benefits arent proven blah blah blah. Its annoying as hell but the good thing is I havent come across one person that can say it should be illegal for any reason.
Its is still seen only as a recreational drug only and people down play its medical benefits and spiritual benefits as well. Thats the main problem that I see, but as more state legalize and we really start to test is and run experiments on it and as our technology advances we will begin to see the benefits it has and people will give it the respect it deserves. The plant itself is a fucking miracle in all that it provides from food to fuel to clothing to medicinal and recreational uses. Simply amazing!
yea man smoke a blunt a day keep the doc away na mean yea word waddup snoop dogg
I think there’s a difference between talking about the various industrial uses of weed, like medical uses of extracted compounds or using hemp, and consuming weed to get high through smoking, vaporizing, edibles, etc. As with everything it depends on the individual, some people experience heart episodes, anxiety, so on. I used to get pretty anxious when I smoked, so I waited until I had some free time and got a good state of mind, found my center and what not. and then I got it. Retaining your identity with all these changes, experiencing the world in such a dynamic state, is quite fun. like a mini-psychedelic.
And it’s invaluable for chronic illness.
I’d remind someone who bemoans weed for making people less productive that there is more to life than producing.
Because Marijuana is not physically addictive I think people don’t treat it as delicately as they should. It is habit forming and being stoned all the time is not necessarily the way to be. I think it is something that can be used fairly frequently, more frequently than alcohol or any other drug, but it still needs to be managed. Marijuana unlocks different parts of the mind that can be explored but is best used only when appropriate.
@hlyrichey, I have personally never smoked it. I can say though, just from when I watch people on it, they act very stupid and seem to not know what there purpose is. then they think that by sitting around and trying to talk to me about what there true purpose in life is, they are being insightful. That’s not insightful to me. Insightful would be knowing that you have been so dumbed down and numbed to your consciousness that you decided it wasn’t worth just sitting around. Do I think that it’s fun? No, because if you have to escape reality just so that you can sit down and talk to others, you are living in a very pathetic life. Now, my boyfriend on the other hand, has smoked and he never really had bad experiences but more of a realization. Whenever him and his buddies would smoke they would all just hang around and do nothing. He even bloodied his nose with how lazy he had become. then, when they did go out and do something, he said ti was like he couldn’t truly enjoy it the way he would when he was sober. He said it made him feel like he wasn’t really doing anything to help himself. My other friend has been smoking it for almost 8 years now. He says he has smoked so much marijuana that he has come to notice that it does absolutely nothing for him. He says the only thing that changed was how much he drank, partied and abused other drugs. He got hooked on pain killers and shrooms, (even tried some ecstasy and cocaine). He now drinks heavily any time he can and has apparent withdrawal symptoms every time he is sober. He says, had he not started smoking marijuana he thinks that he never would have gone to the other parties, never used other drugs and not drank as much. He has been arrested and charged with possession multiple times and has a kid that he can’t take care of. He believes fiercely that if he had never took that first hit, he would have a family and a loving wife, if not at least a girlfriend he wanted to start a life with, by now, but instead he can’t seem to stay in touch with reality and is constantly blaming himself for the life he has given his little girl. And all because of weed. This is not uncommon either. I know several adults whose lives were destroyed and who regret that very first hit of marijuana. My step- dad and best-friend being a few of them and my boyfriends parents being a few more.
I think people are starting to realize at an exponentially increasing level that cannabis is harmless and can be beneficial. I bet within 5 years most people will realize that the image they have on cannabis is a lie based on the propaganda by large corporations (pharmacy, timber, etc) so they can continue generating huge amounts of profit. It’s mostly elderly people who put down cannabis nowadays because of their strong social programming. Once the elderly generations dies off and the current young generations grow old, I can almost guarantee that the view of cannabis will be completely changed.
carl sagan’s thoughts on marijuana resemble my thoughts on it in a lot of ways
“I do not consider myself a religious person in the usual sense, but there is a religious aspect to some highs. The heightened sensitivity in all areas gives me a feeling of communion with my surroundings, both animate and inanimate. Sometimes a kind of existential perception of the absurd comes over me and I see with awful certainty the hypocrises and posturing of myself and my fellow men. And at other times, there is a different sense of the absurd, a playful and whimsical awareness. Both of these senses of the absurd can be communicated, and some of the most rewarding highs I’ve had have been in sharing talk and perceptions and humor. Cannabis brings us an awareness that we spend a lifetime being trained to overlook and forget and put out of our minds.”
“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to the full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
sagan on the validity of ‘pot-fueled epiphanies':
“There is a myth about such highs: the user has an illusion of great insight, but it does not survive scrutiny in the morning. I am convinced that this is an error, and that the devastating insights achieved when high are real insights; the main problem is putting these insights in a form acceptable to the quite different self that we are when we’re down the next day. Some of the hardest work I’ve ever done has been to put such insights down on tape or in writing. The problem is that ten even more interesting ideas or images have to be lost in the effort of recording one.”
I suffer from Depression, which includes a nice little combination of insomnia, constant exhaustion regardless of the amount, or lack thereof, of sleep I get, social anxiety, and a deep and penetrating emptiness that leaves me lost and finding no reason to do anything at all. Marijuana seems to help with most of these symptoms for me. Small doses of Sativa during the day calm the depression and allow me to think much clearer, and at night a nice Indica puts me to sleep and allows me to wake up feeling refreshed and well rested, allowing me to start my days with ease and calm, something which is almost never possible without it. I do, however understand people feeling uneasy about it. Like everything else it can be abused, if you smoke too much too often you may start to isolate yourself from reality, but that’s a part of learning and experimenting with self control. I adore my Marijuana and the many luxurious varieties I can choose from to center myself in this world and I’d love to be more open about it and to be able to acquire it legally and more often so I wasn’t forced to decide between weed or the pressure of taking SSRI’s, Anti- anxiety meds, or sleep meds. I’d like to be able to walk into a store and choose my medicine for the week so that I can live with fulfillment and wonderment and not dread and emptiness. If you don’t enjoy marijuana, that is fine, but to look down on another for using it responsibly is just heartbreaking.
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I believe marijuana can be good or bad.
It can be good or used productively when your intention is to use it for those purposes.
However, when weed is used just to have fun and feel good, that’s when it becomes bad.
It all depends on intention.
In my government class we read an article crediting marijuana as a drug less dangerous than even alcohol which is legal in this country. To me the reason that is not legal is that the government doesn’t want to regulate which I think is something they should do. By regulating it it gets to be legal and the government gets to make some cash out of it but unless they change their perspective on what dangerous and not people are still going to be afraid to try marijuana
If it is not used in a self benefiting way, I don’t neccisairly agree with it. I have good friends of mine who seem like they’ve hit a wall in their life. They can easily spend $200 a week on weed and all they do is pig out and game. They all have really high ambitions but have turned into blobs.
They also rely on weed. They are moderately socially awkward and would use weed to break past that. Now they cannot even handle social situations without it and are even coming to the point that they can’t even when they’re stoned. They’re failing out of school and are amounting massive dept because they can’t go a day without feeling off because they’re not stoned. One of my best friends even began to realize how much he lacked an everyday structure and tried slowing down a bit on the toking. He is jobless and at 20 already has $62,000 of dept and even still says that he can’t stop smoking. This dependance has brought them into this hole that they don’t have the confidence to get out of. At 19 and 20 I can almost guarantee that they will never stop smoking because they’ve used it as such a crutch in their life. That to me is so sad. Seeing my friends who are in university fail exams, go into dept, bail on relationships, and ruin their physical condition for only a plant. Why should a plant have that much control over your life.
I hear very often the argument that “it’s a plant, it comes from the earth, it’s biological therefore it’s good for us.” I hate that argument so much because it has no logical basis. It’s a plant yes, but burning it and inhaling the fumes is not natural. When do you ever see that occuring in the wild. Eating a plant is natural. Not burning and inhaling it. Anykind of smoke entering your lungs is not good, doesn’t matter what substance it comes from. There any many other drugs that have biological origins but people would easily catagorize them in a negative group because of what they do. Just because something is biological, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
I don’t care what anyone says about weed but I have a negative outlook on it simply because of how I’ve seen it affect the loved ones in my life. I have given marijuana the benefit of the doubt and not until these last few months have I formulated my solid oppinion on Mrs. Jane.
I have a lot of respect for people that can use weed for enlightening purposes and know how to properly handle it. But I have yet to personally meet someone that falls into that category.