The Medical Marijuana Hype: It's Not As Easy As THC

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  1. awesome post, pj!

    you are arguing that the pleasure one derives from pot comes solely from the “mystique” of it being illegal rather than the physiological effects of the THC in the drug. we would then conclude that one would not enjoy weed if legalized. ***isn’t this contradicted by those that enjoy the physical effects of weed where it is legal?

    i think the more sensible conclusion is that the artificial “mystique” gained through prohibition exists in concert with the physiological effects. ~nathan

  2. PJ Rey says:

    I totally agree with that conclusion. I just wanted, for a moment, to bracket the tired debate about the physiological risks/benefits of marijuana and instead focus on whether it is a social good or ill.

  3. John Marston says:

    It is because what we truly seek is that additional layer we miss in our Western culture: spirituallity. Sure, we all know the flower dressed, chain wearing hippies with their feet too far from the ground. The very word has an association close to that of the circus.

    But spirituallity is all that we feel and cannot express. That which philopophers over the centuries have tried to grasp and describe. That which we feel when we look at the starry night and realize we are staring into the universe.

    Some people have come to call it God. Others call God without knowing what it means. I believe in our culture the last part is the majority. Even the atheists who seek no further explanation in science are no different than them.

    As you use a word to describe it, the word itself becomes labelled and burdoned with associations. This is what you are describing. But it is not losing its mystique. The mystique being muddied up with definitions you have let others create for you. All you have to do is look past it. This is how we grow as people.

    • apocalyptopia says:

      “Even the atheists who seek no further explanation in science are no different than them.”

      Exactly which atheists are those?

  4. Zach Bartell says:

    i appreciate your critique of rationalization in general, and share your lurking anxiety of a future commercialization and mass-marketing of cannabis under legalization.

    However, if marijuana were legal, it would remain mysterious and “enchanting” for anyone who, while it’s illegal, feels the same way. i don’t have data to back this up, but i’m guessing that the legal status of a substance does little to affect the subjective experience of taking it. for instance, salvia divinorum is legal, and yet it’s effects are held by many to be of great spiritual significance, regardless of its legality (although, to be fair, it is a less popular drug than cannabis might be when legalized, and thus would probably receive less marketing attention).

    it just doesn’t seem to be an accurate conclusion that most people go through all the trouble of obtaining cannabis merely for the thrill of breaking the law. does it perhaps make some sense that they do it more for want of the drug’s unique effects on their spiritual well-being? and at what point is that desire informed by the thrill of breaking the law?

    that said, you’ve written a good article expressing sentiments that seem to be relatively undiscussed, at least from a concerted investigation via google. thanks for this.

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