Maryland Life Coaching And Hypnosis

Maryland Life Coaching And Hypnosis


Smoke Weed. Feel The Pain?

Posted on July 30, 2017 at 8:35 PM

Working 30 plus years in mental health, I am frequently asked about the use of marijuana. Let me start with my unusual story. Having grown up in the 60's and 70's, the height of the free love and marijuana movement, I can honestly say that I have never tried it. At age 52 at the time of writing this article, I am one of only a handful of people that I have ever met, my age who have gone without.

When I was growing up I was led to believe that pot was bad, and the people who did it would never amount to anything. The burnouts as they were called, were lacking ambition. And while I had friends who smoked pot, I was more interested in sports. So, I never really got the appeal. As I got older, I found myself in the minority at almost every event and with every women I dated. Still it never really mattered to me one way or the other.

Fast forward to modern times. I get asked from a professional standpoint at least once a month if smoking pot is bad. Will it led to addiction? My position is this. In a time where pot is quickly becoming socially acceptable, I see both the pro's and con's. Without going into the benefits or the side effects {yes, there are side effects}, I have seen enough data to believe that it does more good than harm. That said, it really is a discussion you should have with your doctor.

The pot culture has changed over the course of the last 30 years. The medical doctors that I personally know and work along side of once opposed the use of marijuana. At least publicly. With it becoming more accepting in the publics eye, they are more open to speak of the benefits of smoking pot.

Still when asked if smoking pot is harmful, my honest reply is yes, for some. What I tend to see is more and more people are abusing it. Not becoming addicted. But just as some drink a bottle of wine to end the day, others smoke pot. Its becoming more common to light up a joint.

I am seeing far too many people abuse it in the same sense that we as a society abuse prescription pain medication. In other words, when someone has an accident for example, and they are prescribed pain medication and physical therapy, many tend to lean on the medication. With physical therapy they can begin to regain their strength and range of motion, but often pain accompanies that process. So it is more appealing for many to take the medication rather than feel the pain.

This is what I have been seeing with marijuana use. If I can relax by smoking a little pot, verses a more hands on approach to stress reduction, why wouldn't I? Yoga, mediation, exercise or therapy take time. Smoking a joint is more social and requires little internal work. Granted in a palliative care scenario, cancer or some other horrible disease, it does make sense to employ the help of marijuana.

But today far too many people are taking the easy road. And just as antidepressants are among the faster growing {and most over prescribed } medication, many of these people too, are taking medication without working on the underlying issue. We have become a society of work less, expect more. And for so many, marijuana just as prescription medication can deliver.

So today when I'm asked if smoking marijuana is good or bad? My answer is, "go talk to your doctor about it".

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Reply Timmyskync
4:33 PM on December 7, 2017