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    Posted December 27, 2013 by
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    Does marijuana help you?


    Healthy and sane after all these years

     
    Okay, Cannabis sometimes gives me anxiety and panic attacks, but so do a lot of other things that don't offer much in return. I just deal with it, and it's worth it to me. I feel an instant release of tension whenever I light a joint! It offers me a mental perspective that I can't get any other way. It helps when I get irritable bowel attacks. It calms my anger. It makes me humble. It helps me exercise. It eliminates or reduces my pain. It helps with my headaches and backaches. It gets me outdoors and makes the most boring things fun!

    As for Cannabis, I do consider it a gateway drug...to a higher consciousness. I believe Cannabis opens the door for many to a spiritual path by increasing their awareness, perhaps via the pineal gland?

    I believe Cannabis can be good medicine, but do not like to see young kids getting high all the time. Having said that, I've been disappointed that my own children drink and my stepson uses pills (legally!). I'd prefer they stuck to pot than using this crap and stuff like K2. I know many other parents who feel the same way. If someone thinks Cannabis is addictive, try quitting cigarettes or alcohol or opiate-based pills!

    I find it incredible that the three drugs atop the government's classification of dangerous drugs with no medical use are psychedelic. There is plenty of research to show a lot of promise in this area, especially for emotional and mental disorders...areas we shy away from now only because we don't know enough to be safe. I am very proud of Oregon for including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in their list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

    Oh, and by the way, it really irks me to see Cannabis referred to as marijuana. That is a derogatory slang term coined by the Reefer Madness movement that had as much to do with political motivation as anything, and is a term that has negative connotations about Mexicans in general.

    How many people know that Henry Ford initially had about 30 stills that would power her first cars, using hemp? How can our government put up barriers and roadblocks to a new budding industry in Colorado, such as not allowing banks to operate with medical marijuana businesses, but pander to larger corporations. This stifles the very thing we need to promote, American ingenuity and small businesses. In this sense, our government is anti-small business! With the current technology in use, the US manufactures the finest Cannabis in the world.

    I also believe the government should stay out of the production and politics of medical marijuana. They don't need to regulate everything and tell growers how much they are allowed to grow, and how much to charge. Let the free market decide!

    It bugs the crap out of me to see our money going to Mexico for drugs to support cartels, when our own people could use that income. From my experience, if Cannabis is available there will be more younger kids trying it and using it. While that might seem to be a bad trend, in areas like Colorado the use of alcohol and opiates went down. So, while I don't approve or kids using pot, especially not all the time, I'd prefer they use Cannabis than alcohol or opiates. It's not a perfect world. More kids in Oregon smoke pot now, but meth use has gone way down :)

    Using Cannabis keeps me in touch with Nature and natural living, which has given me 60 healthy and happy years with no major health problems other than an occasional cough from smoking Cannabis. I have used a vaporizer in the past, and they work great with a little practice. So, when I get concerned about my smoking, I just switch for a while. Vaporization, when done correctly, eliminates virtually all carcinogens and harmful tars, etc.... So, the old worry about the health effects of smoking are no longer valid if someone uses a vaporizer.

    It's ridiculous to put people in jail/prison for non-violent drug "crimes." This is not a criminal issue, but a social health problem when people want help. Younger people won't recall, but prison used to be primarily for violent people. It wasn't until our government started locking up Cannabis users that the violent culture from prison trickled out into the public environment. The War on Drugs was self-fulfilling. How did we let our government censor libraries by removing references to the medical use of Cannabis during the Reagan era? Why is the government so afraid of Cananbis? It used to be in many of the early tinctures and ointments used by our medical profession.

    President Nixon commissioned a special task force to prove that "marijuana" was dangerous. Instead, his elite group recommended that it be declassified instead. Our government has acted against the public interest on this issue, and continues to do so. Why not simply declassify Cannabis and let science and research tell us what the facts are, instead of letting ancient propaganda dictate our laws?

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