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    Posted January 4, 2014 by
    Clinton Township, Michigan
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    Changed your mind about marijuana?

    Two Thumbs Up For Medical and Recreational Useage

    I am a 22 year old female living in the Detroit Metro area of Michigan. I started using marijuana recreationally when I was 12. Besides giving me the "munchies", and caring a little less about what people had to say about me, I did not experience any negative side effects. I did not use heavily until I was about 18 and got my first medical marijuana card for troubles with anxiety, ptsd, arthritis, insomnia, and irritable bowel syndrome. Since then, I have gone to college for a dual associate's for Business Management and Marketing and have been on the dean's list every semester. People out there who say marijuana does nothing but make you lazy or violent or stupid, are completely misinformed. With the many strains we have these days, people can achieve any kind of medicinal properties they are looking for. There are indica strains to help with insomnia, anxiety, pain, etc. There are sativa strains to help wake you up, keep you happy, or increase appetite. There are hybrid strains. There are even strains that only include certain cannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, etc. If you are an everyday "9-5" type person and have a lot of pain but cannot deal with taking 9 different types of pills with 100 different kinds of side effects, but you know you can't go into work "high", you can take a CBD strain or concentrate and have total pain relief with NONE of the mental/psychedelic effects. As far as the recreational side, I see it this way. If I was a parent of a teenager, would I want them sneaking out to smoke pot, which had no overdose level, or would I rather chance them drinking,shooting heroin, snorting cocaine, or using some other synthetic drugs. I would pick marijuana hands down ANY day. For the people who are worried about underage children around marijuana, talk to them! Keep it in a safe place, like a lock box under your bed or somewhere safe you know they won't look. Tell them why you use it but simply explain that it's not meant for "them". All the stories in the news about parents endangering their children by using marijuana is ridiculous and are based off of people who don't make a conscious decision in safety. Don't leave your "magic brownies" on the kitchen counter. KIDS LOVE SWEETS!
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