The Harm of Marijuana
Drug education cannot be successful unless we let go of moralism and stick with observations. We have to look at why people use marijuana and why they keep using it in spite of drug education. Why do they seem like they don’t notice or don’t care that they’re functioning poorly?
Marijuana provides temporary relief from emotional discomfort. It provides relief by expansion, but this is not a safe or normal expansion. Expansion and contraction are normal parts of health. Our lungs and hearts expand and contract as we breath and our hearts beat. In fact, all our organs and our whole organisms expand and contract. Our quality of life depends on how freely our life energy can expand and contract. Freedom of expansion and contraction constitutes pulsation, and pulsation is the basis of health.
Marijuana creates a false brain expansion that the user feels as about 45 minutes of euphoria, relief, and “openness.” It allows escape from feelings that existed just before use. Then, afterwards, the user’s brain contracts in reaction to the unaccustomed expansion. This is experienced as impaired focus and short-term memory, slower reaction times, impaired judgment of time and distance, and increased risk of accidents.
Marijuana creates a false expansion and then a reactive, exaggerated contraction. That’s the danger.
With marijuana use, blood flow in the brain temporarily increases, but then with contraction blood flow drops below its former baseline. Research shows that for regular users, blood flow to the brain is reset to a new baseline 11% lower than before the person began using.
With less blood getting to the user’s brain, their heads are colder. You can often see users wearing woolen caps because their heads are colder. A shrunken brain with less blood flow also leads to dull eyes, indifference, spacing out, emotional deadness, and speech that is vague, glib, or articulate: Who cares? What’s it to you? So what?! Absence of emotions may feel “mellow.”
When regular users face each day with shrunken brains, they can’t participate as well in basic parts of life, such as relationships.Their energy level and happiness are less. They fall behind in skills and abilities, such as work and school. I believe the underlying problem leading to drug use is pain from the turmoil of love.
Users develop physiological tolerance and psychological dependence. They use more and look forward to getting loaded in order to relax. Physiological tolerance and psychological dependence are the definition of addiction. Denial is seen when users rationalize that marijuana does them no harm.
Unfortunately, marijuana provides relief from emotional pain by means of over-expansion of the brain, and that leads to a rebound contraction of the brain. This more severe contraction interferes with satisfying human contact. Without contact, the individual’s connections with others are defensive and superficial. Without contact, an individual loses connection with his or her own inner life too. Then life may feel dull, useless, robotic, and numb. For others, it may feel painful or falsely bright.
Drugs impair consciousness. Anything that impairs consciousness also impairs perception and self-perception. With marijuana, a person’s perception becomes chronically distorted. People lose perspective and clarity of thought. They can’t feel and respond to whatever comes along in life. Users can’t feel what they need to feel in order to see that marijuana is hurting their lives.
Marijuana is undermining our culture. Without understanding its mechanism, we can’t speak up and protect our families. Unfortunately, the media does not provide this vital information. Protect your family. Protect our culture. Learn the sobering truth. See marijuana for what it is.