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Discussion in 'Medical Marijuana Usage and Applications' started by, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. Simplify.

    The reason I begin this entry with this word is to draw attention to the idea that compounding complexity can cloud an understanding of the subject at hand. It references the endless scientific data that is being generated and sifted through with the intention of either promoting or demoting its acceptance. 


    The concern here is the use of cannabis. I speak as a chronic user. The only factor currently limiting my use is money. I began using the substance after an intense semester of mathematical studies. I feel that I've been at a steady decline ever since.


    The first image that comes to mind is a rave or concert, where there are thousands of attendees smoking the herb whilst being bathed in light and sound. 


    Let us consider the basic effect of the use of cannabis.


    Dopamine already exists in the brain, and its utility is to reinforce useful behavior or thoughts. When the drug is used, it forces this feeling - the feeling one would normally receive after achieving something that yielded results. Harvesting wood or crops, killing your food - the basics of survival.


    The problem with the rave or concert example is that all of these people are reinforcing the behavior of celebration. It is understandable that a populace would be rewarded with festivities after a great challenge had been overcome, or a surplus acquired. 


    But forcing open the floodgates of pleasure has consequences.


    The individual becomes weaker, thinks less critically. They tend to look forward to a similar event, rather than building themselves stronger.


    I myself am a victim of this. I have spent a great deal of time playing video games.


    On one spectrum - the content I flooded my senses with had me maneuvering armies, making trades, and defeating my opponent by efficiently controlling my assets.


    On another, I would be operating on a smaller scale as a soldier among many - lending my processing capacity to an understanding of positioning and formations and making my movements according to the will of others.


    These behaviors may be constructive, but I was forcing myself past moderate use through the consumption of cannabis. I could live in my virtual worlds so long as I had food in my stomach, WiFi range, and pot in my pipe.


    I now work a mindless occupation shipping boxes all day with the same group of people around me that I hardly speak to. Hours of isolation. At the end of the day I return to an empty house where my morale wavers and I think up ideas that I might begin but won't finish.

  2. It sounds like your life is not fulfilling you right now (e.g. mindless work with strangers and then an empty house). Cannabis will enhance your feelings, both the good and bad ones.
  3. It comes down to how you frame your mind I guess. I see cannabis as something therapeutic to help me enhance my quality of life. It doesn't cure anything but it helps alleviate symptoms on a day to say basis while I wait months on end to see specialists and go through different procedures. I also personally have religious significance attached to cannabis and see it as a way to enhance my understanding of my life, the world, and my place in it. While legally my doctors can't prescribe cannabis for my conditions, by informing them that I use it for medicinal qualities they can prescribe other medications that won't interact negatively that I still need to take. It's not a cure all. But for example I have some back issues and nervous issues so I was prescribed 5mgs of oxycodone... EVERY 3 HOURS. Now I take an oxy in the morning if I need to and one before bed to sleep and I just smoke throughout the day as I need to. Far better than before when I would just be asleep all the time and sick to my stomach all the time.
  4. #4 Galaxy420, Nov 23, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 23, 2014
    posted @ original poster........
    cannabis is certainly a luxury just as the finest wines and should be seen as such when the time for luxury exists in your life however, cannabis is also a front runner to almost any issue you can have and will give you extra ummphh to handle the issue. I have medicated and not really gotten any fulfillment from it because of state of mind and other times I have medicated and been in a good state of mind and had the best experience. that is how it is and has been in my life regardless of external aids/hindrances,( substances) how you look at your life determines your own outcome of results. look to be rewarded and get fulfilled at all times and with every situation. if you strive and look deeply enough you will find reward in all things as you experienced and lived, the very fact that you are in a body on the planet is reward enough- even a rock in the mud knows this

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