I Like Cannabis

Hello dear reader(s)!

Jeffy doesn’t like cannabis.  Jeffy is a racist piece of shit who lies under oath, but Donny decided to make Jeffy the Attorney General.

Unlike Jeffy, I do like cannabis.  I like cannabis quite a bit.

Why do I like cannabis?

Well, the use of cannabis oil during my cancer fight was an integral part of my survival, for one thing.  It allowed to me eat when I had no appetite, and prevented a lot of nausea when I needed to gain weight.  I had been prescribed every other anti-nausea medication but nothing worked until cannabis.

Then there is the way I used cannabis to be able to get off all of my other more harmful prescription drugs.  During and just after my cancer treatment, I was on so much more narcotics than they would give anyone they actually expected to live.  The transition to cannabis from those pills has been an immensely positive boost to my overall health.  I also replaced the benzos with cannabis and now take a medicine that has no risk of physical withdrawal.

I like cannabis because my insurance denied my request for a safe medication to assist with the pain from the chemotherapy-induced neuropathy in favor of a less expensive medication designed to do the same thing that would have been more harmful to someone with the damage I have.  That left me with no other option to treat that pain.  The cannabis is more effective at controlling the pain of neuropathy according to many sufferers anyway, and does not have the risks of the pharmaceuticals.

I like cannabis because it prevents some of the recurring nightmares and memories of the horrors of my life.  I like cannabis because it can stop me from obsessing over a thought or memory until the point I become disconnected from the moment I am in.  I like cannabis because it allows me a chance to reset me mood when I find it heading in a downward direction.

Those are just some of the medical reasons I like cannabis.

But do you know what?  Those aren’t the only reason I like cannabis.

It also feels good to get high sometimes.

So?

Your chocolate, your coffee, your cigarettes, your alcohol, your prescriptions… all alter your mental state.  The altered mental state that comes as a pleasant side-effect of my medicine helps me to be happy.  It feels good.  It does not hurt me or anyone else, and it does not make me want to hurt anyone or do anything more than smile, laugh, eat, and have sexy times with my lovely fiance.  It is not only no worse for my health than most other substances, but there are numerous health benefits backed by real science the government chooses to ignore or even outright lie about.

When I lived in a state without legal cannabis, I considered attempting to obtain it outside the law.  I decided against it, because I was the one who chose to move to an area where it was prohibited.  There were many days I wanted it, but never did I feel like I would literally die if I didn’t have it.  The benzos and opioids don’t work that way.  While I lived there, I was in the ER more often than other places I had lived, and ended up having to take medication for headaches that was not as effective and had unbearable side effects.  After moving back to a state with state-level recreational cannabis, I no longer have to tax the healthcare system with visits so often.

I like cannabis.  I don’t like Jeff Sessions.  I don’t like anyone who has a problem with me doing something that helps me with living happier and more comfortably in this world with all the issues it has given me.

You don’t have to like cannabis.  I do.  I think it is good for many people, and being able to use it makes me happy.

Don’t we have the right to pursue our happiness when it doesn’t hurt anyone else?

The genie can’t be put back in the bottle on this one.  The people know the truth.  We are tired of being lied to and denied that which can help us to lead more happy lives.  We are tired of being steered toward ineffective and dangerous pills that end up creating more conditions requiring more pills.  (Linzess, anyone?)  We are tired of our government covering up the dangerous known properties of some substances that provide profit for those in power while hiding the benefits of others.

I like cannabis.  The FDA and DEA don’t.

The FDA says cannabis has no medicinal value, in direct contradiction of the vast majority of scientific evidence.  The FDA says that cannabis is dangerous.  Despite extensive research in other countries (Israel has extensive studies of cannabis, and use good science we should recognize), and even some evidence in the extremely limited and biased US studies, the FDA continues think cannabis is more dangerous than substances other people can profit off of.

But as we have seen from all of the food recalls, the FDA, as anything other than a political arm of the industries they are tasked with regulating, has no real value or credibility.  The Food and Drug Administration, can’t even protect our food supply.  They rely on voluntary industry practices, don’t have nearly enough inspectors to know what is going on, and ignore science when the findings might hurt the deep-pocketed companies they are supposed to regulate.  That is just the food portion.  In the drug portion, they are far worse, and their lack of oversight and political motivation directly contributed to the opioid epidemic we see today.  They allow biased industry studies to determine drug approval and as we have all seen, often allow unsafe drugs to be sold that they must later add a black box to or recall altogether.  (After the unnecessary deaths, of course.)  In short, the FDA is a fucking joke.  The DEA, says they have to enforce the law, and pass the buck back to the FDA.  The DEA are probably right about that, but who can even say anymore because they have so shot any credibility they could have had by brutally prosecuting a failed war on drugs that has done nothing but destroy lives?

I like cannabis.  I do not intend to stop using my medicine.  I also would like to pledge to vote for acquittal should I ever be placed on a jury for a cannabis charge.  I would like if you would consider joining me in that pledge.

Featured imnage By Cannabis Training University (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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Author: Josh Wrenn

Cancer survivor, wanna-be artist, musician, author, and all around good guy.

26 thoughts on “I Like Cannabis”

  1. If governments really gave as big a shit as they pretend to about people’s health, alcohol would have been made illegal a long time ago as it is far, far worse medically and socially than cannabis. Problem is, governments make too much money off alcohol, and they’re still figuring out how to tax cannabis. Drug dealers don’t like competition!

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      1. Happy New Year dear Josh! There’s a huge reason why Feds cannot de-schedule cannabis, if they legalize it then cannabis would legitimately be grown anywhere by anyone! Say bye bye to taxes, regulation and pretty much the entire Big Pharma industry. 😉 Alcohol is legal b/c not everyone can or will make bootleg liquor.

        If pot were legal then everyone will be much healthier, happier and saner, but the medical industrial complex and health insurance companies would take a huge hit, not to mention our lovely for-profit prison system! So you see, sick care is a gi-normous cash cow for big gov’t and their crony corporations. Why would they ever want to give up control of this racket and legalize GOD’s gift to mankind?

        Oh well, that’s the sicko world we live in, the self-determined individual will find workarounds to any obstacle which restrict our sovereignty.

        Have a woked & stoked 2018 everyone! 🙂

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  2. I am 67 years old and I am amazed at how far we have not come in my lifetime. We have worse anti-scientific ignoramuses running the GOP than we did in my youth. This anti-cannabis vendetta is not about health. It is about putting poor blacks and poor whites in prison. This acheives 2 things.
    First, it enriches the ever expanding private prison industry and their investors.
    Second, it prevents these folks from voting in many states, even after they are let out.
    The corruption of the GOP over the last 40 years in so many areas has left me dumbfounded.

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      1. Voter suppression works. In Florida the Jeb Bush adminstration was able to purge over 100,000 voters (mostly black) from the rolls. It worked.
        In North Carolina they have done similar purges. It works. In Kansas, new voter ID laws targeted the poor. In Ohio, they want to purge folks who don’t vote every 2 years. In big cities in GOP states (like Cleveland, Dallas, Milwaukee, etc. ) they have reduced polling places to make it harder for the working poor to vote after work. Long lines. People get discouraged.
        The millenials will have to come out and vote in massive numbers to overcome the purges. Good luck wth that.

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  3. I’m not a cannabis-user, but I’m pro-legalization. I’ve even considered using it medicinally, but the process in my state is ridiculously difficult – not to mention expensive!

    Maybe I need to come visit Josh-land! 😉

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      1. Don’t offer in jest, you never know if I might wanna take you up on it! 😀

        It seems my land might be expanding its marijuana system. We might even go recreational, if the new Governor (with whom I’m already quite happy) gets his way. Honestly, if we could get medical marijuana beyond cancer patients, I’d be pretty happy. It’s a screwed up system. 😦

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  4. I don’t like cannabis, but I sure want it legalized for people who do. Happier, healthier, or high, I don’t care. I believe the benefits far outweigh any downsides.
    I don’t like Jeff for a multitude of reasons, his anti-pot stance may be the least of it!

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    1. I’m right there with you, joey! I think, like most medicines, marijuana has pros & cons, same as with recreational intoxicants (alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine). If we make people aware of them, let them make their own choices, I say.

      Also, keep people who are high off the road. Other than that, IDGAF. LOL

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  5. Reblogged this on 1EarthUnited and commented:
    Happy New Year dear Josh! There’s a huge reason why Feds cannot de-schedule cannabis, if they legalize it then cannabis would legitimately be grown anywhere by anyone! Say bye bye to taxes, regulation and pretty much the entire Big Pharma industry. 😉 Alcohol is legal b/c not everyone can or will make bootleg liquor.

    If pot were legal then everyone will be much healthier, happier and saner, but the medical industrial complex and health insurance companies would take a huge hit, not to mention our lovely for-profit prison system! So you see, sick care is a gi-normous cash cow for big gov’t and their crony corporations. Why would they ever want to give up control of this racket and legalize GOD’s gift to mankind?

    Oh well, that’s the sicko world we live in, the self-determined individual will find workarounds to any obstacle which restrict our sovereignty.

    Have a woked & stoked 2018 everyone! 🙂

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  6. Nice read but youbshould know that coffee, chocolate s and most prescriptions do not get you high this is the repeat ramblings of all cannabis user that the drug makes them feel. I think cannabis takes you to visit little green men and the insects that live in your grass also. Do you ever feel really small? I glad its legal for those who have a great dependency on it just not sure if like immigration it should be. But much like a religion when people worship or believe in something there’s is no stopping them. Congrats!

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  7. Remember all green things on earth were known to be once alive! The moment you take a flame and set it to anything green you are doing your part to create a dark world. ” Only you can prevent Forest Fires! Save our earth and children and all that jazz.

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    1. I can only assume you are joking since for some reason you chose to follow my blog-type-thing., but in case you are not, let me address both your comments.
      1. I am not dependent on anything, Because I like something does not mean I need it. Because it helps, does not make me dependent. Anytime I have lived anywhere it was not locally legal, I have stopped with the greatest of ease.
      2. Coffee and chocolate are indeed shown to affect your mood and cause something of a high (although a different high feeling than cannabis). Coffee in particular, is a potentially dangerous stimulant and is often abused.
      3. If you are anti-immigration, you really need to fuck off. I guarantee you that someone in your ancestry has immigrated to somewhere, and hopefully they didn’t have to deal with xenophobes.
      4. If burning anything once green creates a darker world, than you need to get off your computer unless you can show me that it uses no petroleum based plastics (it does, I guarantee it), or runs off any electricity from coal or petroleum or is produced using equipment which was manufactured using any of that energy since petroleum and coal energy are the products of burning decayed and transformed plant and animal matter. I guess that means campfires are a no-no? Or wood stoves? Do you have any idea how ignorant you sound?

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  8. I like you and I like cannabis.

    Thanks for sharing all of this. I’m sorry you’ve had such a tough run medically but I’m glad you’re finding treatment. I live in a legal state but work for an organization that doesn’t approve. Makes it tough for my health sometimes.

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  9. Cannabis: provides you Inner peace of mind
    Best therapy to get into your own dreamworld and create your own but excess of everything is bad for you and your health.. Keep taking this good shit! else you will have nothing to joy for…

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    1. Yeah, never too much. I like to drive and do things that require sobriety too, so I’m still not what most people would think of when they think of the “stoner” stereotype. You’re definitely right, too much of a good thing isn’t good, but a good amount of something good is definitely good.

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  10. This is an awesome post! thank you for sharing this. I love cannabis too and im a mom. I get a lot of shit for smoking but it doesn’t bother me because while they are sitting there passing judgement, they are holding some alcoholic drink in their hand or smoking a cigarette lol
    Have a good day

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