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    Does marijuana help you?

    Controlled Clarity

    All though I have not consumed marijuana in some time (for various reasons), I have in the past more times than I can count. At one point I was lighting up several times daily. This was following a breakup, and marijuana turned out to be a major factor in rediscovering myself.
    Not only did I start eating better, I also started exercising daily, ultimately shedding nearly 80 lbs. In this time I also gained a newfound will power, and taught myself that I control what I do and do not accomplish.

    Most people associate pot with long haired teenagers laid out on the couch watching cartoons while eating Cheetos. From my experience, it all comes down to the person and their level of maturity. Through casual conversation I found many others in my office were also appreciative of the affects, many of whom are highly effective and respected by their peers. While I was using avidly, I kept a clean house, ate wisely and exercised more than I do today. As I work in a large office building, and have contact with 100's of people a day, I also found pot to be a far better way to unwind and clear the days stress than alcohol ever could. Coming to work the next day with a clear mind makes a world of difference in what I am able to accomplish.

    With marijuana you are getting an instant gratification with a much more manageable buzz than someone in a drunken stupor gets. I will not hesitate to enjoy cannabis again in the coming year. Gateway drug? Absolutely, a gateway to self analysis and finding another level of motivation and clarity.

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