What is marijuana and how it is different from cannabaceae?
First, let us start by clearing the misconception that marijuana and cannabaceae are one and the same thing.
No not at all, cannabis is just the scientific name given to the entire plant family that can include trees, herbs- like cannabis, or twining herbs.
The herb cannabis is used in various forms which include hemp, oil, and seeds.
Marijuana is the name given to the dried leaves of a cannabis plant.
From ancient times, people used it for recreational and medicinal purposes. Owing to its medicinal properties, it also began to be used for alleviating chronic pains and diseases for which no suitable alternative was available.
After a certain period, a time came when people began to use it for reasons other than pain alleviation.
Coming to know about the cerebral effects it can have on inhaling, they began to use it for altering their states of consciousness. This was done to experience euphoric and joyful states not available to them otherwise.
This weed became their new god- where they got every experience in the mental world just by setting an intention before ingesting it and skipping the steps which they otherwise would have required to reach that same state in the real world.
This addictive behavior continues till date and still remains a major concern.
How marijuana affects the brain?
The information in the brain is passed from the axon of one neuron to the dendrite of other with the help of neurotransmitters.
These chemicals present in the brain work by creating an electric charge between neurons. This charge remains active only when the information needs to be transferred. Thereafter, the neurons lose charge and become inactive temporarily waiting for the next information to be processed. This keeps your brain to operate in a balanced and controlled manner.
Cannabinoids are one such neurotransmitter present in small amounts in our brain which activate the cannabinoid receptors concentrated in certain areas of the brain.
These receptors are responsible for memory, coordination, pleasure, time perception, etc
So, how marijuana replaces this function?
This weed contains a molecule tetrahydrocannabinol or THC resembling similar to anandamide- which is a natural cannabinoid present in our brain for activating cannabinoid receptors.
Though naturally an anandamide fires neuron only to create the charge for aiding in the information flow but THC keeps the already active neurons to remain active and keep firing up. This it does by attaching itself to cannabinoid receptors. This causes our intentions or thoughts to magnify themselves leaving us with a very profound experience.
If you self-chose your intention before ingesting this weed, you will feel euphoric, happy and can transcend time and space to a new experience beyond this dimension.
But if not, your automatic nervous system- the subconscious takes over and can make you experience your deep hidden fears.
So, if you intended to increase your appetite, you will go on doing more of it.
Similarly, if you intended to laugh, you will go on laughing even more than usual.
Whatever experience you want to have, it multiplies the effect
Some effects of marijuana are
- Makes one detached from real world
- Creates illusion
- Disrupts the body-mind connection as mind wanders in something different from the real world experience
Can it act as a replacement for meditation?
Meditation is a spiritual practice of obtaining mental peace and a deep connection to self by removing outside distractions in a balanced and controlled manner.
Marijuana can give an experience similar to that of the meditation. But, as opposed to meditation which increases our inner strength in long run, it decreases the same only to create emotional, physical and mental misbalance.
Though initially, the person may seem calm and serene and behave like a person doing years of meditation practice, subtly the mind and body impairments surface up with persistent use of this drug.
What meditation does is it increases our ability and consciousness to face outer challenges.
Marijuana on another hand cuts one from the outside world by keeping a person intoxicated.
On Frequency level
Like every plant, marijuana also has a frequency. So, to experience the psychoactive effect of this weed, one has to match its frequency by consuming it. Once it is done, a resonance effect is created that triggers certain physiological changes by inhibiting the function of natural neurotransmitters in the brain.
This resonance effect pulls out the veil and takes the person awareness away from the 3D reality to a perception unlimited inexperience and form.
Thereby, serving as a pain reliever because the present reality is removed from the equation for some time.
This weed can serve as a medicine for people whose frequency level is below the frequency level of the plant. Since possessing the emotions of excessive fear, guilt, trauma, chronic pain etc, a person can get misaligned and in such cases, the plant serves well to raise their frequency.
This is the reason why in some states where it is legal, people swear by its use.
But, here is the cache; these benefits are only there if its use is not exceeded far than actually required.
Note: Depending upon the form of cannabaceae and the quantity of cannabinoid in it, the psychoactive effects may vary.
Now, what if a person is already at a high frequency?
This plant will lower his frequency and if used persistently can have debilitating consequences.
Can it stop our spiritual growth?
All the pains and disharmony in life are for a reason, and by using cannabis we stop our spiritual growth.
Every pain gives us an opportunity to look within us that stuck energy pattern that needs to be worked upon.
Developing addiction to marijuana, one starts sidelining that opportunity only to become more incapable with the passage of time.
It’s like reaching a euphoric state whose address remains solely in the hands of this weed.
Aiming for that journey whereby you are able to self-direct the energy levels you desire, meditation is the ultimate option.
It is a mild form of a psychedelic and psychoactive drug.
In the current scenario, where its status is still not declared, using it in an unscrupulous way can pose various concerns.
Yes, it is understood that the current age of turmoil and stress, people may get diverted to such means.
But until proper research is available, which unto this point of writing is not, one should refrain from its addiction.
It has shown to be very effective for chronic pains where every known remedy fails.
In places where it has been legalized, people are looking to it as a new painkiller and discarding the use of opioids and anti-inflammatory drugs many of which are legal and have various side effects.
Everything boils to proper research where we reach a point to be able to see it as a known drug rather than an unsolved mystery.