“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” – Carl Sagan, American Astronomer
I used to believe marijuana is bad because it leads to mental illnesses. However, my experience with the drug and extensive research changed my perception of it.
While studying cannabis, I realized that most ancient cultures used it in their religious practices. Ancient Greeks used marijuana in religious ceremonies while some ancient African tribes worshipped it. Ancient Indians offered their gods cannabis because they believed Lord Shiva created and smoked it.
Some ancient cultures, specifically the ancient Egyptians and Chinese, discovered the medical benefits of marijuana. The Chinese realized that marijuana enables the body to achieve a harmonious state while ancient Egyptians used it to treat psychological problems.
Many modern health practitioners agree with the ancients about marijuana’s ability to heal health issues as they use it to treat epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorders, chronic pain, and glaucoma.
Personally, I realized that the drug relieves anxiety and stress as it helped me adopt a positive perspective towards heartbreaks that almost killed me. It also enabled me to think deeper and gain great spiritual insights I couldn’t have gained when sober.
Most governments banned cannabis after claiming that it was a gateway drug and was responsible for severe mental illnesses. Conversely, research reveals that marijuana isn’t a gateway drug since most marijuana addicts seldom use other substances. I live in an area where many people use cannabis, and I rarely see them use other illicit drugs.
Additionally, contrary to most governments’ claims, marijuana doesn’t cause mental illnesses. I’ve used it for more than five years, and I’ve never gone mad, and many studies show that cannabis has antipsychotic effects that treat mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia.
Some conspiracy theorists believe the government banned marijuana because it almost made the paper industry bankrupt as it provided a cheaper way of making paper. This conspiracy theory might be true because the ancient Chinese used cannabis to make paper.
Other conspiracy theorists claim that the government banned marijuana because it enabled people to realize important spiritual truths the government didn’t want them to know. This theory might also be true because recently, after using cannabis, it dawned on me that my consciousness is the same consciousness that created the world (I might also have gained this insight because I am obsessed with spiritual books).
Anyway, I believe the government banned marijuana because it feared that some people, especially teenagers, might overconsume it. Marijuana is a dangerous drug when used in excess because it leads to laziness and increases the risk of psychosis. But remember, everything is dangerous when used in excess. Drinking too much water causes nausea and muscle weakness while overeating causes obesity.
Marijuana is harmless and beneficial when used in moderation. It has unique spiritual, health, and mental benefits that few drugs can provide. However, smoking weed – daily – to watch movies, listen to music, and play video games is harmful. This behavior will become addictive and eventually make you lazy and unproductive. Daily use can also cause cognitive impairment and premature ageing. Only smoke marijuana when you have a powerful spiritual or creative intention. Avoid recreational marijuana use.