Pot... What do you think?
I am not a smoker, or a consumer of pot. I dislike the effects, but I am glad that WA state passed it's recent laws to decriminalize small quantities of pot. I predict in 20 years this is going to be a non-issue. I think it's a lot of effort on the part of law enforcement for nothing. Or, would be nothing if it were legal.
I watched this documentary on PBS and was blown away by all the things that it can do. Of course a couple of the things they talk about are things that affect me directly. At this point, it's illegal, so I wouldn't use it, because I am married to a law enforcement officer. If it was legal, I would definitely look into it further for health reasons. To be honest, in college I tried it a few times, and I'd rather drink for recreational reasons!
If I could get cannabis pills from a legit pharmacy without needing a special permit, I'd probably try it for my sleep troubles. As it is, I'm going to try using a hormone pill that the FDA doesn't have much control over because a legal technicality allows it to be classified as a "supplement." Previously, I tried a prescription drug with a known tendency to cause hallucinations and drug-seeking behavior, but I stopped because it made me strongly consider suicide. I'm not sure why either of those things are considered a better idea than pot.
When you think of all the money that has been wasted on the "war on drugs" and all the revenue the gov't could be taking in by regulating legal MJ use with taxes. Sheesh, it makes me shake my head.
It's way different when you eat it. I eat the same amount each day and it doesn't really hit me until 2-3 hours after I ingest it. It is simply like taking a relaxant and pain pill and sleep aid all at once with no side effects except Great sleep! Pretty amazing stuff. I won't smoke it because when I did many years ago I felt paranoid and felt like my heart was pounding. I don't feel that way at al with ingesting it
That's interesting, that ingesting it doesn't make you feel paranoid. I haven't smoked any, but I have a hunch I'd be the 'gets paranoid' type. Some day after the kids are out of the house, dh and I agree we'll give it a try.
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If alcohol, which has very negative effects for many people (causing deaths, injuries, violence), is legal, why shouldn't pot (whose worst effect is making you lazy and stupid) be legal. Life is hard and many people need and will find a way to relax quickly. I think many people would quit liquor if pot were legal. And the American culture would be a lot friendlier, less violent a s a result.
Plus, I think many people could lessen or get off all those big pharm drugs like antidepressants and opiates-- which can have neg side effects.
At this point, I seriously can't understand WHY it is illegal. Is it because alcohol and big pharm lobbyists are preventing it?? I feel like I am missing something.
I would like to see the pot trade taxed and put towards preschool through university education.
I wouldn't use it personally because I'd be worried about its appetite-stimulating effects. I'm sure I'd benefit from being more relaxed and in less pain, but I also need to lose weight, and an herb that stimulates the appetite is probably NOT a good choice for me personally.
But I'm 100% in favor of it being legalized. The reasons for its prohibition are political, not based on science or public health.
I have mild bipolar disorder, but before I knew that, I was using marijuana to get through the depressive periods. I would have called myself a recreational user then, but I know now what was really going on. As soon as the depression lifted, I'd stop using it an actually stopped enjoying it's effect. Then, I'd hit a rough patch and start using it again to just feel good, relax and get some sleep.
I was smoking it, and I definitely gained weight during those periods because it made me crave the worst sweets and heavy foods.
Also, I can't say I recommend it for depression because while it did make me feel better, it also made me lethargic and unproductive which sometimes fed back into why I felt bad in the first place.
I say all of this because I do think it's important to remember that just because it can't kill you and because it has some benefits, it isn't harmless.
I wish I had sought out real help instead of smoking through my struggles for so many years!!
I still support legalization, medical use under the care of a licensed provided educated in MMJ, and recreational use in moderation. I can certainly attest to the fact that it wasn't addictive, and when legal, it is available in safer forms than raw plants for smoking, which is best for MMJ use.
I live in Colorado, and totally voted in support of all forms of legalization, support it's regulation, and will vote for the taxing of it this fall.
I am so lucky it's illegality never caught up with me when I was younger!
Edited by cynthiamoon - 5/7/13 at 11:18am
Just skimming the other comments:
1) Pot never gave me the munchies. That always fascinated me, because I'm very prone to emotional eating, and get "the munchies" for lots of reasons. Pot just didn't do it.
2) Pot did, eventually, start to make me a bit paranoid - mostly just a strong feeling that everyone knew how wasted I was (which they probably did), but also occasional feelings that people were plotting against me and such. It's the biggest reason I quit.
3) Pot made me really, really sleepy. I have all kindleep issues, and that's the only thing that appeals to me about pot now. Back in the day, when I was hanging with friends, it was a PITA.
4) I self-medicated for depression with pot. Like cynthiamoon, I didn't really realize it at the time, but it's very clear to me now. I was somewhat lethargic on pot, but I'm not really a go-getter type, anyway, and the lethargy wasn't severe (it wasn't uncommon for me and some friends to smoke a few joints, then go for a walk or hike, for instance). I don't believe I'd have lived to adulthood without pot. So...while I have issues with he stuff now, I'm grateful for what it did for me way back when, yk?