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Reasons to Consume Cannabis And Reasons Not To

Updated on August 2, 2011

Reasons to Consume Cannabis

Medical Need:

If you have a physical or medical ailment that is usually only alleviated through pain management, then using cannabis is a great option for you and is probably the most common reason that people choose to consume cannabis.

Spiritual Enhancement:

Since the dawn of mankind's spirituality, cannabis has been around. It has been used by ancient shamans, ancient religions and most of our modern faiths, to enhance one's spiritual journey and perspective. Which means that if you choose to use for spiritual reasons, you're pretty solid there.

Personal Fulfillment:

Sometimes you just choose to use because you choose to use. There isn't anything wrong with that as long as it's for your personal fulfillment and not because someone else wants you to or because you think it would please or impress them.

Reasons NOT to Consume Cannabis

Your Friends Are Doing It:

It is all to often that a person might decide to try or start up again with cannabis because it seems like everyone they know consumes it. While that may seem logical, it's actually a good way to ruin your set and setting from the beginning. It shows that you're doing it for acceptance, confidence building or a negative form of personal gain and that's no way to start out a relationship with cannabis.

You Have Nothing Better To Do:

I haven't seen this as a really common reason that someone might start consuming cannabis, but it isn't unheard of and often becomes a good excuse for someone to continue on a negative life path. Which doesn't help you and it doesn't help the image of cannabis, which many people try to blame for their personal issues. If you just don't have anything better to do, it's a good time to think about something productive you could be doing. Then maybe consider adding cannabis to your life style if you still feel the need.

You Want To Be Shocking....:

Some people like to dye their hair, get tattoos, drink or do drugs, simply because being shocking brings them attention. Personally, I feel that this is NOT a good reason to start consuming cannabis. If you really want some spotlight attention, create a band or go bungee jumping instead.


Using substances to disassociate is all to common in our world. People get drunk, take hard street drugs, pack in the pharmaceuticals or hole themselves up in a depression in an attempt to disassociate themselves with the rest of their world. Sadly, this is a very common reason that people use cannabis, which is just to "get high". Granted, it's much less harmful as a substance when used for such endeavors, but that doesn't make it a good reason to consume it.

It's a Very Personal Choice

Choosing to consume cannabis is a personal choice that every person makes. Some decide it's not for them for various reasons, and that's cool. Others decide that cannabis is a lifestyle enhancement that they really don't want to live without. Either decision is fine, as long as it's a choice you make for yourself, regardless of what others think or what they are doing.

What are your thoughts? Anything to add?

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      KayB64 6 years ago

      Great article! Thank you :-)

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      Bema Self 6 years ago from Seattle

      It's great that you know that about yourself and very responsible. Gateway personalities are all to common, but most people don't stop to give it a second thought.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Very interesting, BizGengirl. I've had two trips in my life. The first one was with a girl I thought I was in love with, even though I knew she felt completely opposite. She was driving. The car went from about 10mph to 80 or 90mph, back and forth in the space of seconds, and on her face was the expression of an angel and then a devil, I don't remember how many times.

      The second trip was about 4 years later. I was about 30 and working with two guys building fences around the country. That trip was more like a pleasant drunk.

      I didn't even consider experimenting further because I knew I would go on and on to stronger and stronger drugs, just for the trips and highs.