I don’t think you read my previous posts. I am a supporter of legalizing marijuana as I see the benefit compared to legal drugs for a multitude of medical issues.
Inhaling any smoke of ANY variation is harmful to your lungs. I don’t think I’ve ever read a medical report outlining the benfits of marijuana smoke compared to other smoke on the lungs. Smoke is smoke, and it can be harmful. That is not my issue with it, but to say it is completely safe is false. Is it completely 110% safe? No, that is not possible. Is it deadly? Probably not. In the same way, when I was harming myself, I was never going deep enough to kill myself. Was it safe? No. Was it deadly? Could have been, but probably not. If I were to overeat, is it safe? Probably not. Is it deadly? Probably not. Any addiction of any sort is harmful: physically or emotionally, harm is harm. To say that you can’t die from weed so its okay is just like saying I wasn’t cutting myself deep enough to die so its okay. If I were smoking for my issues or cutting, what is the difference? I had deeply embedded issues that had to be dealt with that I would have been MASKING. And that, no matter the form of denial and covering up, is a problem.
It has taken me years to recover from self-harm and cutting was way easier. But I have dealt with my core issues. Instead of dealing with his anger issues and sleeping in abilities, my brother smokes pot. Instead of dealing with his anger and depression, my dad drinks. Instead of dealing with her agoraphobia and depression, my mom drinks. Where is the difference? In all instances, there is an unhealthy reliance on a substance instead of tackling the CORE issue.
Again, as I stated before, I am not against marijuana. Just as I am not against drinking alcohol, I am against them BOTH when they are used as a method of coping or getting through human tribulations.
I know some people suffer from medical disorders and choose marijuana instead of medication. As I said in a previous post, I think thats great. To be completely honest, though, with MANY medical issues, I think that medications are prescibed way too often. In the same way that medications are used far too often, I think pot is used as well.
Again, I am such a believer that many people can harness their own strength and willpower to improve their lives instead of being a slave to substances. We are not such a weak species that any issue requires medication or some kind of substance. Human beings are STRONG, but most people are too lazy or don’t want to take the work to tackle our core issues. That was my problem when I was self-harming!
Some people obviously have a more extreme and embedded medical issue and they are the exception, but I beleive most chronic smokers, drinkers, cutters, and binge-eaters have underlying issues that can be WORKED OUT without relying on their chosen method of coping.