My dad sent me a link to an article this morning, and as a knee jerk reaction, I got a little upset. It was titled “How Weed Became the New OxyContin”. You see, it was an article about how the engineering of cannabis has led to some disturbing incidents lately, related to the high potency of THC that is found in some of today’s dispensaries. Incidents of psychotic breaks, psychosis, paranoia, schizophrenia, and so forth.
My initial reaction, although probably warranted due to the abusive power that the media holds over the general public, was an over-reaction and it held no weight… I was reacting in a way, that I normally would be annoyed with, if seeing someone else doing it. And I didn’t even realize it…
I read the first couple paragraphs and immediately stopped. When I read about some guy that walked off a crane and died, but prior to that, he was saying he thought this reality was a simulation like The Matrix movie… And they were blaming his “medical grade” marijuana use as the reason for his psychotic break and suicidal tendencies. I read this and I just assumed it was bullshit. (I have no idea if it was or not, that’s not really the point).
First of all, let’s get this straight: “Medical grade” marijuana…. it means nothing. All the medical marijuana I’ve experienced, doesn’t come close to as good as some of the black market farmers I know in the area, or even the dispensary cannabis. And the THC levels aren’t impressive. Which brings us to the problem…
It’s a tale old as sin
Consumerism, capitalism, higher concentrations than humans were equipped to deal with… If one is good, two must be better… This way of thinking almost never holds water. Yet we deal with it on a daily basis. Think “super size me”? Cocaine/crack? Fentanyl… The p2p meth amphetamines that is causing schizophrenic diagnosis’ on a mass scale, all over the country.
Basically, the article was saying that due to the high THC concentration in some of the products being sold in dispensaries, it’s causing psychosis…
Love all, serve all, and remember Jah.
I love cannabis… So this hit a nerve with me. And my initial reaction, like I hinted to earlier, was to respond saying this is total garbage propaganda, and it was making false claims, etc…. Whether that statement was correct or not, I didn’t come to this conclusion by analyzing the data present in front of me (the article, and any other research I did after reading it). I came to this conclusion out of ignorance, anger, and resentment.
Strangely enough, my sister-n-law calls me this same morning (just a few hours ago). So we were just catching up, and I bring up the article, and she said she just experienced this first hand. A friend of the family showed up completely crazed, thinking he was the messiah of some sort, blessing people’s rosaries, threatening to kill her pets, and some other psychotic shit, and had to be hospitalized (I think several times). And they somehow came to the conclusion, that it was due to his continuous and daily use of high THC concentration, “medical grade” marijuana, and it caused some sort of psychosis with him that was very unstable and troubling to this day.
Now, when I heard this, again, my initial reaction was; “Nope… there must’ve been some other drug or event that caused this extreme behavior”. But my sister-n-law said, no… and she heard from another friend of hers that was in the industry, and they had been seeing the same thing. Crazy strong THC concentrations causing psychosis in their patients, more and more.
Now I need another opinion. I gave my friend Ty the article, and he read it and initially agreed with me that some of the anecdotal evidence it was showing was either exaggerated or straight up false, but he also admitted to agreeing with some of what was said, and that he also has been hearing more and more about cases where highly potent variations of cannabis products are causing psychotic breaks after continued use.
This was all just this morning. That’s three different people telling me the same thing, so it seems prudent to maybe give it some more thought. And from what I’ve been finding out, it seems there may be some truth to this. But there’s an important distinction to make here…
Is this what mother nature intended?
Is it even cannabis anymore? When you extract and distill and make concentrated versions of what mother nature offers naturally, is it the same thing? It’s most certainly more harmful, in every instance I can think of.
We take something perfectly good and beneficial to society, and tweak it, and warp it, till it’s not recognizable anymore, and end up causing much more damage than we were meant to withstand.
Take alcohol for example. Fermented fruits and vegetables are generally very low in alcohol concentration. Even modern beer and wine, is much lower in alcohol concentration than liquors.. Because it’s not distilled, and concentrated and boiled and pasteurized. Those lower alcohol concentrations cause much less damage to the body and mind than highly concentrated, and distilled liquors.
Cocaine is another example. Using another process of extracting and distilling cocaine out of the cocoa leaves, and this (much more potent) version completely alters the properties and effects of the drug. People chewing cocoa leaves have much less detrimental effects than someone using extracted/concentrated cocaine.
Our bodies haven’t evolved enough to handle such concentrations of substances that the market is putting out now (primarily due to the drug war, thank you very much). So, of course, there are negative consequences to ingesting such things. And they can be severe and life threatening.
Everything can be abused
Don’t get me wrong, “natural” doesn’t mean without consequence. Humans are experts at taking something perfectly healthy and using it to excess, even after suffering major negative consequences because of it. But the risks and consequences are generally much lower when ingesting lower and more natural occurring concentrations of substances.
I was wrong?
It happens…. 🙂
I have such a (healthy?) distrust of the general media now that I literally don’t believe a word I hear on the news anymore. But this time, I think I jumped to my own biased conclusion before assessing the data. There does seem to be some correlation between highly concentrated levels of THC use and a small % of people experiencing varying levels of psychosis, unfortunately…
It’s a new word. It comes from health care workers dealing with people in Colorado having screaming and vomiting fits, thought to be caused by high THC level marijuana products. Screaming and vomiting to the extent that it’s now a word…. Scromiting… The source being https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/high-potency-weed-linked-psychotic-episodes-mysterious-vomiting-illness-young-n1273463
Now, I haven’t looked into their sources for this story, but this is the kind of information that’s out there, and there’s many stories out there like this. Granted, you have to take some of this with a grain of salt, but from what I can tell, there are many credible instances of some crazy, negative side effects from such highly concentrated variations of “cannabis” that we’ve engineered.
Go back to the source
This is why I started growing my own. I know what goes into it (sunlight, water, and love… nothing else). It’s not the strongest, or prettiest cannabis I’ve ever seen or smoked. But it’s quite good, and the relationship I have when ingesting something I created with my own two hands…. Well, it’s quite special and very different than purchasing a product that I don’t know how it was made, and with what intention.
Globalist intentions and motivations are ruining our civilization. Things are good enough, the way nature intended. We need to give it a rest and trust the beauty of all life cycles.
With our new property I’m looking for now, I hope to teach my daughters the magic of growing our own food and medicine. I’m so excited to teach them so many things I’ve learned from such amazing people…. when they’re ready.