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Famous Marijuana Quotes

There is lots of debate these days about the legalization of drugs, especially marijuana. These discussions and articles concentrate on the way it might improve the economy, to decriminalization resulting in fewer deaths along with a stop by the growth of HIV cases, to medical advantages of marijuana. You may expect somebody that witnesses the issues and occasional devastation that substances cause to be firmly against legalization. This isn't necessarily the situation. In the end, consider alcohol and tobacco are legal, but they are listed as the most destructive substances to individuals and society currently. On the other hand, this might be a reason not to legalize other substances. In the following paragraphs the main focus is not to concentrate exclusively on legalization, but on the motive for substance use, and how that's more important than its legal status.

In a class I teach at FIU around the Psychology of Drugs and Drug Abuse I'm often asked basically think marijuana should be legalized. It's my job to try not to express my opinion directly, but rather present and entertain discussion on the subject. But recently I was pushed to have an answer, and that i replied: "I once read a superb book called 'Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Television.' Things i remember most from that book is when often we base our decisions on too little information (when it comes to the book's perspective, based on television images. Take elections for instance). So my favorite response is I probably don't have enough information to create an educated decision." However, based on Amsterdam and Portugal's experience with fewer problems due to decriminalization, it appears as though it is a minimum of a viable option. Obviously, if the U.S took that approach, there's first no guarantee it might go the same way, and secondly I would anticipate an explosive increase in substance use initially. The problem is: would be the rewards worthwhile?

Marijuana Quotes

One thing that concerns me concerning the American people's substance me is the motivation. Based on VH1's documentary on "The Drug Years" the initial increase in marijuana and hallucinogen use within the sixties would be a consequence of attempting to achieve enlightenment along with a feeling of oneness and communion. This is evident in the images we've of that time: sit-ins, free drugs being provided at musical events, and wanting others to "turn-on" and go through the feeling of love and oneness that others were achieving which a psychology lecturer at Harvard named Timothy Leary was advocating.

Initially, that has been the reason. But times have changed because the sixties, and let's be honest; even then the movement was not completely successful. We American's are an individualistic culture. Around the continuum between individualism and collectivism Americans definitely fall on the side of individualism, which is understood to be everyone looking out for themselves or their loved ones first. This is in opposition to collectivism, in which the group is cohesive, where the audience protects each other and also the individual looks out for that group above their personal needs. Using these definitions, it is extremely easy to state Americans are on the individualism side of the spectrum. The movement in the sixties (which in certain regards continues, witness "one human race" and "coexist" stickers) to help make the human race more united, and now more in tune with the earth and it is needs, is not grand enough to alter the individualistic nature of this culture yet. Which is the opinion of this writer that the individualistic attitude of the culture has even altered the motivation of drugs initially accustomed to enhance a feeling of oneness and enlightenment.

My newer knowledge about clients is the fact that these substances, especially marijuana, are utilized being an escape from reality. Lots of people find their existence boring, or worse, painful. Students (who I promised I'd give credit for that quote) named Christine Vera said "In a global that feels nothing, everybody wants to feel something," when asked why she believes people use drugs. This statement seems related to the boredom with life discussed above. Many have grown to be desensitized to life, and want more excitement. Without excitement, life is boring, so when life is boring, for many escape through substances turns into a viable option.

Although escape seems a motive much of the time (as reported by substance abusers entering treatment, by those who know addicts, or by people who also formulate personal theories to describe others' substance use) it's not always from boredom. Sometimes the individual perceives life as too painful to deal with without the use of substances for relief. Substances, a minimum of initially, give a feeling of euphoria. This is correct of almost all substances, even though some seem more effective to various individuals. (For instance, some enjoy marijuana although not other substances, others cocaine, others alcohol, and so forth). Some of those trying to escape pain have endured horrible life circumstances or, some horrible internal states (self-loathing, depression, or overwhelming anxiety, for starters). Others began substance use innocently enough, but progressed into counting on it slowly, and now, due to the substance use, are caught within an endless cycle of substance use, further problems, further need to escape, continued substance use.

Besides the escape motive you have the need to experience new things and various. This is often the case with hallucinogen use. It is rare that someone would use hallucinogens to flee reality regularly. Hallucinogens generally render a person unable to function in a normal manner for a period of time. When someone takes mushrooms, LSD, or other hallucinogens, they aren't generally trying to work, drive, or else do much other than go through the "trip." In other cultures hallucinogens are utilized to facilitate enlightenment.

As said before, hallucinogens have been used by other cultures as a pathway to enlightenment. In many of those cultures, those acquainted with the uses of hallucinogens were shamans, medicine men, or even the spiritual leader. This movement was also true in the sixties, where a certain sect of people attempted to again connect with God or the spiritual, often using hallucinogens.

This isn't generally true of hallucinogen use today. Today many young people are looking for a brand new experience. The abuse of cold medications (some of which in large doses create hallucinogen effects) is proof of this. This is especially true of the drug Salvia, only recently (July 2008) made illegal within this state (Florida). In other cultures, it is called "Diviner's Sage." But instead of using it for connecting with a spiritual sense, it is simply used for the experience.

Many substances initially create a feeling of connectedness between individuals. Alcohol has been referred to as a social lubricant, making talking and getting together with others easier. And marijuana is generally initiated with other people in the beginning. But many turn to isolated use later. As well as if this isn't true, many simply get "high" with others playing video games or watching movies. The thing is, it's generally not taken for spiritual reasons anymore, but instead to create perceived tedious tasks more bearable in order to heighten the thrill of relatively passive tasks (hearing music, video games, movies).

In certain states marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes, but the reality in this area speak for themselves. Marijuana helps those wasting from AIDS, those with cancer, and lots of other ailments that traditional treatment falls short in. This includes pain relief for many. Actually, prescription pain analgesics (opioid based pain killers) are quickly increasingly damaging to their users (which in many cases are abusers) than all illegal substances combined. There have been more deaths in Florida in recent years from overdose on prescription medications than all illegal drugs combined. There has yet to be a reported case of marijuana overdose.

There is a downside of these prescription uses however. A lot of my students who know people in California (high seems to be the most "medicinal" utilization of marijuana) declare that many of their peers have prescriptions. One student reported that 8 from 10 of the friends in California possess a prescription. Headaches and anxiety as well as insomnia are reported to be good reasons to get a prescription.

In conclusion, there are many reasons to decriminalize some, if not completely, drug use. The advantages seem essential in this point in time. But simultaneously we're culture where people are often out for themselves. And that we have grown to be a rustic and culture of shortcuts and reliance on pills to create our lives tolerable, as opposed to the more natural and healthy (but requiring additional time and) solutions. Feel depressed, get a prescription. Want to loose weight, obtain a prescription or order weight loss supplements from the web. Additionally, a few of the communal and enlightenment reasons seem outdated and unlikely at the moment. Then there is the chance you will see a powerful surge in substance use if decriminalized. There is probably a lot more information available that both supports and denounces legalization or decriminalization.

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