Almost everyone I know smokes weed, probably because we relate to each other. But then I do know a nice handful of people who don’t and they all tell me the same thing. “Pot makes you stupid” -(in my dad voice) Or even a good friend of mine says that she feels stupid when she smokes weed.
These negative perspectives on my beloved Mary Jane I blame on two things. One the society we grew up in with their “this is you brain on drugs” commercials:
And second, stupid people who just happen to smoke weed. The weed isn’t what makes them stupid. They were born that way.
Pretty much since this country has been hell bent on not allowing research it’s still up in the air as to the real effects on brain function. However there isn’t any significant data to suggest it causes damage on a fully developed brain and I personally have been smoking weed for decades and the worse thing that’s ever happened was meeting some cops and a good case of the munchies. Physically and mentally there has been no damage at all. In fact I’m a better person because I smoke weed.
Now we have states legalizing it and medical use is almost everywhere but there’s always going to be rules this. Like all you have to do is be 21 to buy in Vegas but get caught in public smoking and it’s a $600 ticket.
And here’s where I start getting to my point. I’ve been smoking weed long before the idea of legalization or decriminalization was even mentioned in politics and I’ve taken a lot of risks for my weed. Even gotten in some trouble so why do I continue to smoke? Why do any of us smoke?
There is no doubt that marijuana has medicinal purposes. It helps elevate many conditions and can even prevent and/or cure some but we know this now because we’ve been self medicating forever under the table. Like a speakeasy in the 20s. If it wasn’t for us rebels who couldn’t care less if it’s legal or not and still smoking maybe we as a nation would have never gotten as far as we have already and are continuing to do. In fact, I was told it’s going to be about 10 years for the entire country to jump on board.
From personal experience, just like in the commercial above. This country treats weed as if it were heroin. I’ve been made out to be a criminal and a drug addict just for a little weed. So again why do I smoke it?
Because weed opens up your mind. Ok, let me not speak for the entire stoner nation here but for me personally, weed opens up my mind. If I’m not high I’m closed off. All day I have a million thoughts going through my mind. All the drama that circles me, follows me or comes and finds me. It’s rush hour on the highway in my brain, congested and nobody’s getting anywhere fast, to give you a metaphor. And actually I smoke and drive a lot. Rush hour pisses me off, and it’s never going to be legal to smoke and drive, (don’t believe me check this out: marijuana breathalyzers) even though I can’t for the life of me understand stand why not. A little high ride always makes it better. (If you take high rides I also recommend reading this: Avoid Legalize Ramifications)
I suppose that’s why I’ve been caught. But this stress, and my reasons to smoke have a lot to do with society and its need to have everything done at certain times. This pressure of deadlines, start times, lunch time it all stops me from being able to center myself and set my own clock. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this pressure, like I said it’s the society we live in, we were all born into this “system.”
Then you add all the personal shit. Things that we experienced. Death, loss, love, heartbreak. I know why my mind goes a million miles per hour. I, like everyone else, have gone through some shit. And it’s not to say that I couldn’t live all stressed out and pissed off but I rather smoke weed.
When I smoke I relax. My brain just stops thinking about all the bullshit. The rush hour highway turns into a back road at night with all the stars shining and not a brake light in sight. I can really center myself and remind myself who I am and what really matters to me. I refuse to stay trapped on some highway going no where.
It’s similar to having a drink after a long day at work. But a much more healthier solution than alcohol. Alcohol use to be illegal and it kills people. Pills and pain killers are legal with a prescription and they kill people. Weed doesn’t kill people. It’s just a plant. The science is so simple. All we need is sun and water like any other flower.
If it wasn’t for cannabis I’d probably be an alcoholic. But I’m not and I am grateful. Weed makes my life better. It makes me feel better. And it doesn’t hurt me. My brain is not an egg on a frying pan. My liver isn’t getting damaged, there are no “may cause” warnings needed. I love me and that’s why I smoke weed.
If nature is illegal freedom doesn’t exist, so give me my weed and let me mediate, elevate and put it in the air!