Monday, October 20, 2014

Pot


     People keep telling me that pot is like no big deal, dude... and this not only includes my fellow deadbeats, but also a number of you poor parents out there, so I thought I'd do a little copying and pasting today. To note, there is an article link following the post.

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     So I used to smoke a quarter ounce of indoor kind bud from Humboldt County everyday while my dreadlocks picked up various forms of bacteria and scum from the other delusional lunatics I sat around with in a circle before reggae band practice to bring Jah's message to the people because we were oppressed and downtrodden white boys from gorgeous, affluent North Shore towns of Eastern Massachusetts who were no doubt severely oppressed by the Babylon system. Now, I realize our government is completely backwards, but if you think smoking pot all day long out of a coconut is a sign of health and virtue, um, you need some help. Pot is for jokers.

     Regarding the action of THC, Wikipedia states, "Via CB1 activation, THC indirectly increases dopamine release and produces psychotropic effects. Cannabidial also acts as an allosteric modulator of the mu and delta opioid receptors." But since people only hear either what they want to hear or what they completely disagree with, and are therefore uneducable and unintelligible, let's just use everyday language and experiential facts to shred the notion that pot is totally cool, not addictive, and not harmful in any way, shape or form. I mean, come one, it is the healing of the leaves of the fruit of the tree of life, dude, right?

     I'm sure there are tons of parents out there whose addicts have somehow managed to convince you that smoking pot all day is completely fine, not addictive, and can easily be controlled and kept to just pot. Hold on, excuse me while I go laugh. Do you know how f'ing high you get when you smoke pot, especially the type of pot that is grown today, with all of the hybrids and genetic modifications? Do you know that there are actual and severe withdrawal effects, which is the primary criteria for physical dependency? Trust me, any opiate addict telling you they are just going to smoke pot from now on = guaranteed relapse.

     I used to smoke pot 24/7. In fact, I was obsessed and thought it was sent to the earth to save my life and heal me spiritually. I studied the crystal formations under a microscope in total awe. As well, I used it compulsively. Physical addiction is characterized by the presence of craving and withdrawal, both of which I experienced constantly and in spades. One hit was never enough and as soon I took a draw, I craved more... and more. That is physical dependency, my friends. And after smoking non-stop for weeks or months and then running out, watch the fuck out. My brain went absolutely berserk, given that our brains are altered (re-wired) chemically when we smoke pot regularly, as they get used to the steady flow of THC.

     What do you think happens when you suddenly take away that flow of mental AND PHYSICAL relief?

     That's right, you go insane. I became profoundly depressed, bored, anxious, restless, discontent, dissatisfied, verbally abusive, and completely lost my tempter. And every honest addict I've worked with personally has shared a similar experience. I had some poor guy telling me that pot has been scientifically proven not to be physically addictive? OMG, this is absolutely delusional, and if someone tells you that, run the other way.

     And it may not be your addict trying to bullshit you. Perhaps you yourself smoke pot regularly and need to rationalize your chronic pot use by telling yourself it's not addictive. Hey, we can tell ourselves whatever we want to, but that doesn't change the fact that pot is a drug and it is affecting your brain, and you will suffer when you run out. Ayn Rand brilliantly said, "You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality."

     The bottom line is that pot gets you high as shit. When we smoke pot we are erecting a brick wall between us and getting better, between us and clarity and honesty, between us and sanity, between us and God. Mood-altering drugs are the antithesis of mental and spiritual health and true wellness. Plus, do you really want to be that way? Do you really want to need to smoke pot to be okay? Do you want to be seen or known as that guy who puffs tough everyday and walks around with bloodshot, lifeless, and spiritually destitute eyes and dry-mouth, trying to dissociate from the world and from reality until you get that pint in your hands as you plop down on the couch and continue doing absolutely nothing for anybody else but yourself, not to mention the simple task of human responsibility.

     Pot smokers? LMFAO. Please. Grow up, be honest, contribute something, and be an example for the rest of us. What a bunch of deadbeats.

P.S. The guy who said pot was not addictive said that it was only 'psychologically addictive'. Wow. Let me help. That term itself is an oxymoron, as an addiction is a physical condition. But the term as it is used refers to something that is ephemeral, not tangible, and thus there is really no such thing. It makes no sense, given the meaning of the two words. That said, even an emotional addiction is physical. Emotions are a form of energy, created by changes in the brain, which is physical.

     But even the above understanding is neither here nor there because pot is also physically addictive, as the body undergoes a physical response when the drug is removed or wears off, just like the body undergoes a physical response when the drug is smoked or ingested and rockets to your brain and central nervous system.


God, please help us... 

4 comments:

  1. I'm the therapist who wrote to you a week or two ago asking about your definition of God. I asked because the addicts I work with tell me there is no God. I have my own personal definition but ... professional boundaries and all that.

    I've been a therapist for decades but have just begun to work with addicts. I have minimal history of addiction in my family (an aunt who was an alcoholic, a cousin who used everything), however this branch of the fan was on the other coast so I wasn't involved with/victimized by them. But I digress.

    I'm considering telling my clients who use whatever they use that what they're *all* addicted to is dopamine. The substance or practice doesn't really matter.

    Finally, I have one patient who is in my hospital's Suboxone program and freely admits to using pot. Should I tell her to come back and see me when she no longer has dirty urine samples?

    Thanks in advance for reading this missive; I love your blog.

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    1. Ah yes, of course. Thank you and bless you for reading and reaching out. Believe it or not, I actually had to publish my response as a new post entitled, 'previous post comment response' (lol), as my reply contained too many 'characters' for Google and the NSA to keep track of ;-) At any rate, I hope it is of some use.

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  2. I too love you blog. You say it like it is! Found this comment in an article somewhere.

    "People do not get addicted to addictive drugs because of some reward system. They get addicted because the body physiology changes and a metabolic pathway is developed that needs the drug for its completion. This is why people become addicted to morphine-like drugs even when they do not know that is what they are being given. No one is predisposed to addiction, it is developed by the use of the compound."



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    1. Thank you so much. I am completely grateful to you for reading the blog and for the words.

      I agree entirely with the genetic predisposition nonsense, at least to the effect that it is being used to excuse the development and subsequent behavior of an addict/alcoholic.

      Even if this were scientifically true, which studies seem to indicate, you don't turn yourself into an addict overnight, but rather through repeated use, repeated abuse, and repeated acts of selfishness. I wrote something about this a while ago. I think the post was entitled, "Don't Blame Your Genes."

      It is also true that anyone can become addicted simply by using something excessively and consistently, or even just consistently. Try taking a xanax every night for a year, which I'm sure millions and millions of Americans do, and then stop. Good luck with that, and have fun trying to sleep.

      God bless you.

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