Originally Posted by DarkAztek
Just so you know, I speak as an avid user of marijuana as well.
First off, marijuana IS a drug and it IS addictive. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either misinformed or lying. There is no physical addiction but, like with many dangerous things, it can easily take a hold on your life.
THC and all the other cannabinoids inside of pot can have quite the effect on the body and you can indeed "overdose on it" as well. (Note: I'm not saying you can die from it, you'd have to smoke your body weight to do that. What I'm saying is that for the uninitiated who have too much, it can definitely cause an acute panic anxiety reaction. People describe this reaction as an extreme fear of "losing control" and although it cannot kill you (and goes away in a few hours), it can be quite the bad experience.
The main reason it continues to be illegal today is not because of racism or even because of antiquated values about pot being a bad thing. Alcohol companies make up the HUMONGOUS BULK of money thrown at legislators for the purpose of keeping it illegal. (Because yeah, how many times have you said, "Ehh, no beer for me thanks. I'm pretty baked." Or equally likely: A friend offers you a joint and you scream, "I JUST FINISHED A FUCKING SEABREEZE!" That's right, it's the same joke twice.)
Plus hey, any body/mind altering substance becoming legal today is a miracle. Lots of money has to be thrown around and papers passed and inspections made before that happens. Hell, the drug bureau probably would not legalize coffee today if it came out because caffeine in such a raw form is so addictive (physically).
Although I have seen how great marijuana can be for medicinal purposes, I am throwing that bit completely out the window. There have not been enough major, sponsored, controlled studies to throw any full-Science-weight to backing up that information. (But yeah, I have used it to cure my nausea and as a pain killer before as well. It worked great... But I'm not a doctor.)
Straight up smoking bud is also in no way a form of medicine. Most doctors would not recommend the raw, combusted smoke of an unregulated and non-scaled or tested substance. It is still SMOKING which is, in itself, a bad thing. The heat of burning pot is also higher than tobacco so if you smoke joints or a pipe, you're just as likely to get cancer as straight rolling tobacco smoked in a similar way. (Yeah, there are a ton of cancer causing agents in ANYTHING you smoke!) So use a bong or a vaporizer I guess...
Also: An assassin using weed to calm down before a kill is straight up badonky. THC will not help you perform physical tasks and it DOESN'T calm you down. Indeed, thinking and reflexes are slowed, visual tracking of moving objects is far worse, increases the heart rate by 50%, causes the formation of phlegm (a minor problem, I know, but that impedes breathing in the long run), and worse, makes you easily distracted. I can see this assassin now: "Okay. Time to kill the mayor... Oh shit, I have peanut butter on my hand. Ohhm nom... Oooooh God I wish I had cookies."
Leave the arguing to NORML
and let them do the talking.
ok... like i said in my first post toward the end...... marijuana is NOT for everybody. some people have negative effects such as high paronoia and anxiety attacks. just like how some people have lethal allergic reactions. some just can't handle it.
for assassins.... ya your comparing them to the trips that a high school kid has, they get paranoid very easily. assassin are trained killers. if you smoke a joint, in quite a few people, it helps you to relax and process the situation. these were highly trained people, not little kids. they smoked ganja on the regular and were very used to any effects. they dont go and smoke 3 blunts and 6 bowls. they smoked a small bowl or so and proceeded. look it up.
maybe for you you get a little more racy and a little paranoid. but for a lot of people i know, and for my self personally, my body and mind are very relaxed under the influence. it is not addictive to all. to some sure, they get hooked on that feeling because of their own insecurities in reality. i smoked every day just about and quit cold turkey for a couple months then picked up again and quit for a few more months. so its not addictive to all, to some. its not for everybody.
you cant make general statements like that. because they dont apply to everybody. like i said in my first post. marijuana isn't for evrybody, people handle the effects differently and they can vary vastly from one individual to another.
dont say that marijuana takes a hold of your life... like its an absolute fact. because that is straight ignorance. i started to smoke marijuana in the 7th grade. after i started i continued to get high test scores and my grades still remained above average. for me, it helped to change my perspective. it made me a kinder and more realistic person. it helped me realize what i find important in this world. it just helped, it wasn't the sole cause. so dont say that it will ruin your life and control you. you sound like one of those above the influence commercials which are completely retarded and i laugh my ass off every time i see them, at their corporate funded bullshit. if you want to talk about any "drug taking over someones life, talk about any prescription drug or any drug made in a lab. they try to focus on marijuana. its crystal meth, cocaine, heroin, extacy, shrooms, all the hardcore drugs that truly ruin peoples lives
for me, it is almost beyond my comprehension how some people just start to panic and act completely retarded and lazy when they smoke marijuana. usually my mind is racing wit thoughts all day and i cant just focus on one thing. under the influence, i can just keep my mind from wandering off in several directions at once. my body feels excellent, like i just took a 8 hour nap.
so dont apply your opinions to every body who smokes because it doesnt apply. i dont apply my opinions in general statements like that. its that kind of narrow thinking thats frustrating.
@ mal.......oh wow.... you named 2 countries and 2 states where salvia is banned. i just bought some salvia out of a smoke shop over here in california just last month. they sell all the potencies as well. there are plenty of places to purchase salvia.