Marijuana is perhaps the most controversial drug on the planet, because it’s not only the most common, but also considered to be the most useful, as well. Its effects are the mildest among psychedelics, some people won’t even feel it at all when smoking it. In spite of this, it is still illegal in many places around the world, but at the same time more and more people are fighting to legalize it.
But should you take marijuana in the first place? My short answer is: for medical usage yes, for recreational usage no, and for spiritual usage it depends. Let me explain. You see, cannabis has been cultivated for more than 6000 years, and its healing powers have been known since ancient times. It has been scientifically proven that this substance can heal anxiety, pain, muscle spasm, nausea, seizure disorders and many other diseases. Medical marijuana is available legally in increasingly more states.
The biggest disadvantages with marijuana come out when you use it just for fun, simply because you have nothing better to do. Although weed is much healthier than alcohol or tobacco, and nobody ever overdosed on it, there are still many negative side-effects for long term users. These include irritability, chronic fatigue, and a decrease of mental capacity.
Although marijuana is not physiologically addictive, psychologically it is. Whenever you develop an addiction, it’s a sign that something is missing in your life. Perhaps you feel lonely, your life feels meaningless, you have a low self-esteem, you don’t have a life purpose, or you’re simply bored. Or, perhaps, you are escaping from something, and use the substance to hide away from the problems into a fairytale land of your mind.
When you can’t be happy without weed, it’s a sign that you’re utilizing it as a coping mechanism. When you’re high on weed, you simply forget about your problems altogether. But this is a false transcendence, because when the drug wears off, your problems return. And it will be even more difficult to solve them, because your mental capabilities are degraded increasingly whenever you turn to marijuana. You’re so blissed out that you become unable to function in normal daily life.
This is one of the reasons I don’t suggest to rely on cannabis for your spiritual growth. You can easily put yourself in the illusion of progress, when in fact you’re just sitting on the couch making yourself more unconscious. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching movies, daydreaming, drinking alcohol or doing drugs. It doesn’t change the fact that you’re still sitting on the couch, and doing nothing with your life, except for trying to avoid it.
It’s true though that marijuana can very quickly take you to the present moment. I tried it myself a few times, and it always had the same effect on me. It teleported me into the here and now with a great rush and let me re-experience the true nature of reality without any thoughts, beyond any doubt. In this sense, the experience was very similar to the state of enlightenment, but not everybody reacts to it this way. I must add that I was already enlightened when I tried weed, so it was more a reminder for me than a direct effect.
You shouldn’t expect cannabis, or any other drug for that matter, to cause enlightenment, because it never will. How many sadhus smoking ganja all day long on the streets of India do you know of, who became enlightened? To me, they seemed more interested in escaping rather than transcending reality. How many Jamaicans have reached this state? Well, Mooji did, but not from cannabis for sure.
Perhaps the worst thing about marijuana is that it decreases your dopamine levels, which kills motivation. And for true spiritual growth, you need motivation more than anything. It takes tremendous effort to break through to the higher levels of consciousness, and only when you do it sober is it sustainable. Regular weed use also takes away your motivation to work on your life purpose, and instead leaves you with a purposeless one-dimensional life.
So whenever you use marijuana, use it very sparingly, a couple of times a year at most. And when you use it, use it only as a reminder of what’s possible on the higher states of consciousness, but then put it down, and take action to actually reach it. You don’t need weed, get high naturally!
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