Question from your teen: "Is it okay to just smoke some weed once in a while?
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Shawnn - posted on 02/21/2012
I beg to differ, Jane. Smoking marijuana once in awhile can be equated to drinking a beer once in awhile. And, your statement of "once in awhile will lead to..." Well, apply that to alcohol, and lo & behold...you have pretty much the same blanket answer.
Once in awhile is just that, once in awhile. This particular plant is NOT a gateway drug. If it was, I, and many of my HS peers would be meth addicts by now. (I graduated HS 25 years ago, btw) Rather, I'm gainfully employed, have raised 2 kids, been married for 21+ years, have a savings account, own my home and 4 vehicles, ...I could go on, but my point is, again, people assume that all of the blanket statements are correct. They assume that EVERYTHING in that link is set in stone, and there cannot be ANY other viewpoint.
Marijuana is, if used in moderation, no different than alcohol. Actually, I prefer it, as I don't have a hangover the next day, and I don't "lose control" after a couple of puffs, vs a couple of drinks, where I'm impaired enough to be a problem.
So, Jane, I'm assuming that you give the same advice, regardless of whether your teen wants to try a beer or a joint, right? Because, essentially, the effects are the same. Except for one thing. Alcohol, being legal, will ALWAYS be the drug of choice for kids, because all they have to do in most cases is open the kitchen cabinet where it's kept.
Rather than promoting old adages that weren't even true when they began the prohibition on marijuana, do some actual research. Not with Dr. Phil, or oprah, or anyone like that, just research Cannibis. See what you find. May be different than you think.
Jane - posted on 02/21/2012
why bother smoking it once in a while ...once in a while will lead to every month ... every month to every week ... to daily habbit.....which then leads onto other drugs dont be pressured by your peers thats where most teens get caught by thinking oh i will just try it ....some will and then never will again but would you risk being the one with the addictive personality and ruin your health and your body ???? think twice
Shawnn - posted on 02/22/2012
Why advocate anything? Well, Laura, perhaps its because I have a problem with lying to my kids. And, the campaign against marijuana has been, and still is a lie. The adages that were presented when the country wanted to outlaw the plant were ridiculously untrue: “Slaves will smoke it with your white women, and they will dance and have sex”. I mean, seriously!
Alcohol is a much more damaging substance, both internally and externally, and yet it’s still legal. Why? Because our “esteemed” leaders can’t wait to have that highball at the end of the day (or at noon, or whenever they take that first drink). There are few medical benefits to alcohol. Granted, yeast ingestion by pregnant women is “said” to help with milk production, and a glass of red wine DOES contain antioxidants, but that’s about it, to my knowledge.
Marijuana, on the other hand, has proven medical benefits. Benefits that I have witnessed first hand, such as terminal cancer patients being able to enjoy a meal, or glaucoma sufferers having a respite from their condition.
I’m not saying that you have to advocate anything at all, Laura, but I am saying that people need to tell the truth about what they are advocating, rather than accepting the blanket statements that our nannies (the government) want us to believe. I, for one, am an individual that is able to form my own opinion about things, and I appreciate the freedom to do so.
But, if I were to tell someone to go buy a bag of pot, it wouldn’t be from a corner dealer...that’s just plain stupid. If you don’t know who you’re buying from, you don’t know what you’re getting. And, that can be applied to alcohol too. Just because you bought that beer at the corner store, and “know you’re getting a beer”, unless you’ve been in the packing plant, and seen the entire operation, and it’s a sterile, sealed environment, you DON’T know that all you’re getting is a beer. You’re getting mouse and rat pee, and whatever else settles on that can, or in or around it.
Laura - posted on 02/22/2012
Good for you Shawnn 25 years ago meth wasn't on every street corner and in every neighborhood. MJ is routinely laced with meth and other harsh substance where I come from. So when I go to the store and I buy a beer I know it's a beer - when I go on the corner and buy MJ am I really only buying MJ? I guess I'd have to smoke it to see if I'm the next day a meth addict.
Really?? Why advocate doing any substance at all...?
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