The myth of mental degradation
Almost any brilliant mind that consumes cannabis will almost always have one caution for others amid the numerous benefits: High dosages without a few days break will always hamper your livelihood, demotivate you, and cloud your memory in the long run.
I feel compelled to speak out about the plant’s advantages in reducing damage since I now reside in a nation where the government aggressively promotes the myth that cannabis somehow has a negative effect on people’s lives and even causes psychosis, despite a mountain of data to the opposite. Each day, another user is arrested, a life effectively ruined for the state’s gain.
People all around me hold unscientific and heavily biassed views, creating a false dichotomy between “stoners” and “sobers” that will only obscure the truth and obstruct legalisation (which, if you’re not already convinced it should happen, has demonstrably reduced actual crime and the harm caused by all drugs in society).
However, let us return to those “hazardous” daily high dosages. There is no evidence that any natural cannabinoid is neurotoxic in humans. Any effects of ingestion are transient, and you should not believe anyone who asserts differently, as there is no molecular basis to back that assertion.
Even in those predisposed to hyperemesis as a result of excessive usage (vomiting unless they consume marijuana), this adverse effect subsides three weeks after the last inhalation. Even in developing brains, the evidence for any adverse effect is ambiguous and overstated.
Why not top up cannabinoid levels?
When consumed on a daily basis, however, CBD, THC, and THCV are stored in fat deposits. CBD is highly useful for nearly anybody since it is not a drug; it does not bind to (agonise) CB1 or CB2 receptors directly, but rather facilitates the binding of the body’s endocannabinoids. This is why the government cannot continue to restrict it on the basis that it is psychotropic; it is not. Even bigots must adhere to biochemical rules while designing their oppression systems. CBD is a stepping stone toward complete cannabis decriminalisation.
THC is a CB1 agonist first and foremost, and a psychedelic second. CB1 agonism occurs when THC replaces the anandamide produced by the body in the receptor, resulting in the feeling of well-being, sedation, pain alleviation, and demotivation. However, because it is psychedelic, it will immediately increase your creative thinking and absorption in whatever activity you are undertaking. In comparison to LSD or psilocybin, this impact is generally moderate, as CBD actively inhibits THC absorption into receptors.
Almost majority of cannabis’s perceptual and long-term pro-cognitive benefits are derived from THC. I say this frequently, but no one seems to understand: neither THC nor other psychedelic usage produces manic psychosis in healthy adults or adolescents in the long run, a fact that has been established. This is a danger that should be mentioned only in those who have schizophrenia or other uncommon genetic abnormalities.
Even though I refer to psychedelics as mania-inducing substances, this is just temporary. What if you go too high one time? Simply take a few deep breaths and you’ll be back to normal in a few hours.
THC-V is generated in trace amounts when marijuana is smoked or vaporised at high temperatures. It is more effective than THC at agonising the receptor and exerting sedative and anti-insomnia properties. Everyday smoking requires the body to metabolise a greater amount of this stored cannabinoid, which explains the sedative impact of routine, daily smoking.
Transformative effects with no social isolation
Thus, what does this imply? Depending on who you are, you very likely can benefit from the benefits of all three main cannabinoids. Without finding the plant’s anti-insomnia properties, I would have found 6th year and university days impossible owing to my severe ADHD, which makes maintaining a decent sleep pattern hard. Without the relief I get after a vape, I would not have been able to function amid my worst depressions. Without the pain-relieving properties inherent in everyday usage, many of my acquaintances would be unable to leave the house.
Without CBD’s anti-anxiety properties, many individuals I know would have been unable to explore their latent abilities. Without the recreational comfort that using the plant provides, many individuals I know would become alcoholics. If it weren’t for the lovely scent of marijuana smoke streaming through a window, we wouldn’t receive the immediate sense that someone is having a wonderful time someplace.
However, if it weren’t for the adverse effects I mentioned earlier, the progressive demotivation, lethargy, disorientation, and memory inaccessibility associated with long-term THC usage, I would be advocating for daily use. You’ll notice that I’ve never advocated doing it in my works, especially not for anyone who is not suffering from a real medical problem (epilepsy, insomnia, chronic pain, cancer etc.) To believe that every instrument discovered by humans has solely beneficial consequences is naive.
If you are healthy and generally grounded, like I am, your brain is a genetic mechanism built from the experiences of every human being in your ancestry. According to your own experiences, it passes through natural depressions and manias, during which you feel as though certain qualities conceal and emerge on their own.
Yes, when you take any medicine, you are hindering or facilitating the functioning of those linkages. The most pervasive fallacy regarding drugs is that by substituting for neurotransmitters, they isolate “you” from natural processes. However, the exact reverse is true with psychedelics, which are more efficient than natural serotonin. Anyone who has “felt more alive and more themselves” after taking them is aware of this.
The same is only partially true for marijuana consumption.
Great minds enhanced over many years
Terence Mckenna, who introduced the western world to traditional entheogen use, pushed for people to do what he said, not what he did, when it came to cannabis (he is famous for being one of the most vocal and heavy potheads in the world). He advised patients to take it no more than thrice a week, owing to the adverse effects accumulating only after days without a break and the tolerance to THC.
He attributed his inability to control his usage to his enjoyment of the benefits, and the slight addictive character to the plant’s capacity to alleviate anxiety. I’m convinced he used it publicly every day to demonstrate that an intellectual genius can choose to be a stoner and still look completely normal to the rest of the world.
Whatever one thinks of his later beliefs as being overly fanciful, his abilities and personality remained unaffected, even as he grew more isolated from society and his family (truly the two most beneficial yet damaging cages a creative person can be trapped within).
I am surrounded by incredible and well-intentioned individuals who are open to fresh perspectives and interpretations on age-old topics, but some of the views about marijuana usage are, to put it mildly, antiquated. I can only hope that the mainstream media relaxes its staunch opposition to psychedelic and cannabis-derived substances as wicked taboos unworthy of pursuit.