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Breaking Expectations: Mary Jane, er Pot, er, weed. I don’t know.

Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s  firsthand experience living with mental illness.

I’ve always been asked if I smoke pot to ease my anxiety.

“I bet it would help you,” they say.

I’m not going to lie. I’ve smoked it a few times, for curiosity purposes, as a way to eliminate peer pressure and to see if it really would make me less anxious.

However, pot did nothing to eliminate my anxiety. In fact, I felt more anxious after smoking it. Every time.

After those experiences, I’m still unsure of where I stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana.

Though it did nothing to ease my anxiety, I’ve seen and heard of pot easing the stressors of life and allowing some to be more productive.

If it eases your anxiety, great. Be safe and conscious of your actions, but know that it is still illegal.

Many compare my use of anti-anxiety medication, like Xanax, to pot, saying its effects are very much the same: calmness, relaxed muscles and an altered state that varies from person to person.

That may be true, but there is one giant difference: one is legal, one isn’t.

Know that your state of consciousness is altered, that you are not yourself. Much like alcohol, it can change your demeanor, going from friendly to frightening foe in a few short minutes.

Like the way some people shouldn’t drink because they aren’t fun drunks, some people shouldn’t smoke marijuana because they aren’t pleasant or productive when they’re high.

If you’re going to try it and I am in no way advocating that you should, make sure you’re in a safe environment with people you trust. Don’t feel obligated to smoke it if you’re uncomfortable, like I was. It’s okay to say no.

In some ways, I am glad smoking pot didn’t work for me, because I am one of the cautious people on the planet, making sure I follow every rule. I would be a wreck just having pot on me that I’d have to smoke it just to ease that anxiety.

Plus, it’s an expensive habit.

1 Comment on Breaking Expectations: Mary Jane, er Pot, er, weed. I don’t know.

  1. In the prohibitionist's world, anybody who consumes the slightest amount of marijuana responsibly in the privacy of their own homes are "stoners" and "dopers" that need to be incarcerated to protect society.

    In their world, any marijuana use equates to marijuana abuse, and it is their God given duty to worry about "saving us all" from the evils of marijuana use.

    Who are they to tell us we can't choose marijuana, the safer choice instead alcohol for relaxation, after a long, hard day, in the privacy of our own homes?

    People who use marijuana are smart, honest, hard working, educated, and successful people too, who "follow the law" also.(except for their marijuana consumption under it's current prohibition of course) .

    Not the stereotypical live at home losers prohibitionists make us out to be. We are doctors, lawyers, professors, movie stars, and politicians too.

    Several Presidents of The United States themselves and Justin Trudeau, and Bill Gates, and Carl Sagan have all confessed to their marijuana use , as have a long and extensive list of successful people throughout history at one point or other in their lives.

    Although, that doesn't mean a damned thing to people who will make comments like "dopers" and "stoners" about anybody who uses the slightest amount of Marijuana although it is way safer than alcohol.

    To these people any use equals abuse, and that is really ignorant and full of hypocrisy. While our society promotes, glorifies, and advertises alcohol consumption like it's an All American pastime.

    There is nothing worse about relaxing with a little marijuana after a long, hard day, than having a drink or two of alcohol.

    So come off those high horses of yours. Who are you to dictate to the rest of society that we can't enjoy Marijuana, the safer choice over alcohol, in the privacy of our own homes?

    We've worked real hard our whole lives to provide for our loved ones. We don't appreciate prohibitionists trying to impose their will and morals upon us all.

    Has a marijuana user ever tried to force you to use it? Probably not. So nobody has the right to force us not to either.

    Don't try to impose your morality and "clean living" upon all of us with Draconian Marijuana Laws, and we won't think you're such prohibitionist hypocrites.

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

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