Marijuana usage: The need
Why the need?
People consume marijuana for various reasons. Some say it is unhealthy, but others see it as a way of life. Throughout the years, the debate raging over marijuana as a good thing or bad thing has been in full throttle. Why do people feel that they need the drug? There are many reasons, a few that we will discuss in the article.
The need for friendship
A good way to meet new people, is to find new people with common interests. Marijuana is a common interest among people of all races and genders. Many people have met through the usage of the drug, and many long-term friendships have been formed through two people interacting during a "smoking session". A person may be around a group of people that they don't know, and make reference to the drug to see who shares this same interest. Marijuana is sort of an ice-breaker for two people who have never met. Just as alcohol is an ice breaker for two people who have met at a bar. For example, you may see someone wielding a cigar, and you know as a user of the drug yourself what the cigar is used for. You acknowledge the person, and they may invite you to smoke with them. You smoke with the person, and now all of a sudden you have a new friend. Although this isn't the typical way of meeting new people, finding a way to relate to someone, even drug usage, grows two people together. The issue with this is the fact that you may put your personal activities to the side in order to make your friends happy. Your friend may ask you to smoke with them, and you know you have better things to do. In order to avoid negative feedback, a person will attempt to make their friends happy, instead of doing their own personal endeavors.
The need to get away
Everyone, no matter what their age or gender, experiences stress at some point in their lives. Some more than others. There are many different ways that people deal with stress including physical activity, meditation, and sometimes drug usage. Marijuana takes its users to a "happy place" away from all the troubles of the world. It puts them into an altered state of consciousness where things that would normally be stressful, are absent from the mind. The problem with this is the more stress, the more usage. Take the Osbournes for instance. The majority of the family used drugs at some point in their lives due to the pressures of being in the limelight. They not only used marijuana, but they used other drugs along with it to achieve a more extreme "high". They had to learn to deal with their stress in other ways, and some had to attend rehab. Marijuana is indeed a way to deal with stress, but the bad consequences may outweigh the benefits in the long run.
The need for good health
The health benefits of marijuana have been used to push its hopeful legalization. Marijuana has been known to relieve nausea, and also patients with a lack of appetite have been prescribed the drug in order to eat. AIDS victims and cancer patients in particular, have been given the drug in order to stop malnutrition. Marijuana has also been known to help against certain sleep disorders, including insomnia. The drug puts the user's body at a state of rest, causing better sleep and a less chance of bad dreams and nightterrors. Lastly, marijuana has been used as a pain reliever, rather it be a headache or soreness of the body.
This article neither agrees or this disagrees with the usage of marijuana. There are harmful affects of marijuana, just as there are benefits. As said at the beginning, this debate has been going on for years, and will continue as long as the plant exists. This article only reflects WHY people use it, and its effects on its users.