Cannabis, Consciousness and Common Sense

Cannabis, Consciousness and Common SenseBy Wes Annac

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Almost everyone (arguably) has used cannabis recreationally at one time or another. Most people see it as little more than a natural substance that can cause a temporary euphoria and yet, in some people’s opinions, it is a drug that creates laziness and a depleted drive to contribute to society with any degree of intelligence. This opinion is often based on stereotype rather than experience.

Our governments have used stereotypes to keep us from considering that cannabis can be used sensibly or for a deeper purpose. A lot of people believe it has a wealth of spiritual uses that can help us tear down our mind-driven barriers and raise our spiritual vibration – as long as our purpose and intention in using it is clearly aligned to finding a higher vibration.

Anyone who researches cannabis and spirituality will find consistent advice to use it respectfully, in a proper setting and with the proper intentions. Our intentions and expectations create our reality, so if we use cannabis with the intention of simply ‘getting high’ as opposed to exploring our consciousness, a small, euphoric high is exactly what it will give us. On the other hand, ecstatic meditative bliss and insight can result when it’s used properly; the way the ancients used it, who knew about its potential.

Stereotype = Distraction

Beyond it’s medicinal and industrial uses, there are many spiritual benefits of cannabis. This plant has much more potential to help mankind than we give it credit for. I think its potential to help the world is why cannabis and hemp are both outlawed, despite all of the amazing things they could do if they were legal. There are interests out there who want to keep cannabis and hemp illegal, because they know cannabis can help people socially and spiritually awaken and they know hemp has a lot of uses that could grab profits away from the cotton and timber industries, among others. These interests don’t want people to explore the potential meditative benefits of cannabis, nor do they want hemp to be used as widely, industrially and medicinally, as it has been for centuries.

One of cannabis’ common effects is to alter people’s perceptions and awaken them to spirit, and the injustices that take place every day. For centuries, different cultures have used cannabis (and other plants) in a spiritual and/or ceremonial setting (the same cultures who, in some cases, used hemp industrially), and it is no mistake that this tradition carries on into today. But still, some people see cannabis as little more than a drug that, in their eyes, just makes you dumber.

Part of me wonders if the interests who profit from its illegality have purposely perpetuated the stereotypes that surround it in an effort to turn the world against it. The less aware the general public is, the more the planetary controllers profit from our ignorance. But at the same time, like any consciousness-altering substance, we shouldn’t hide from the real negative aspects of its use. We don’t want to deny the negative things that can come with consuming cannabis, particularly when it is abused, but we also don’t want to let stereotypes dupe us into thinking it can’t be used positively or progressively either.

I think it can, and a growing number of people who’ve felt the intense meditative effects of this revolutionary plant would agree with me.

Dependence and Responsible Use

Like anything else, cannabis can become destructive if it isn’t used responsibly. I think it can be used routinely without becoming an unhealthy crutch, as long as a few ideals are kept in mind and its use can be ceased without the user becoming unstable.

If emotional or psychological instability results from an inability to consume it, it might point to dependence and the user might be best to take a break and evaluate why they’re really using it and if their prolonged use is hurting more than helping.

The herb can be used safely, respectfully and responsibly if the user remembers a few things – one of which is that, although it is benign in its nature, it is very powerful. It can help us open our minds, but it can also cause us to close our minds and depend on it for any degree of happiness, wholeness or spirituality.

Embracing the Taboo

Even if our culture thinks it’s taboo, I think cannabis (and especially its cousin, hemp) has more to offer society than most people realize. It has the power to expand minds and introduce the newly awakened to the reality of spirit and the possibility of changing this world with creativity, and its potential isn’t meant to be overlooked.

Can Cannabis Enhance Our Spirituality

Even if it aligns me with the “hippie” stereotypes out there, I openly support the herb for its spiritual benefits, even in the face of all of the negativity and naysaying that’s constantly thrown at it. The herb retains a quiet dignity throughout all of the condemnation, silently and patiently awaiting the day when it can finally show us what it can do.

I’m not saying everyone should try it, and it definitely isn’t for all of us. It would bring some people down and densify their vibration, because they’ve already raised and maintained their vibration to a point where it wouldn’t help them anymore. There are others, however (even those who maintain a consistently high vibration) who benefit tremendously from its use and the potent meditations that can result. Some people don’t use it for any spiritual purposes, but to help them relax and clear their minds of all of the stress and drama that comes with living on earth, without the negative physical side effects associated with alcohol.

I could write a whole other article about alcohol, which I don’t think poses much genuine spiritual value and, in my opinion, is much more harmful than cannabis… but I’ll leave that for another time.

Conclusion

The intention of this article was to provide a (hopefully) sensible perspective on what I feel is cannabis’ genuine spiritual value, and I stand by the legions of people who advocate it. We have to follow our passions in life, and if you’re passionate about something most of society still shuns, you might have to look deep within and find the courage to pursue your passion despite the fact that others will judge and condemn you for it.

Condemnation isn’t the way of the new world we want to create, and hopefully, everyone will eventually respect our different perspectives, opinions and passions. When we can all respect our differences, and honor what mother nature provides, we can come together to create something better and more in favor of the needs of the many (as opposed to the few) than our current system.

We have to set the example by loving and respecting each other right now, and this involves the willingness not to reject people who think differently or embrace things that society shuns — including our right to access other states of consciousness.

I think society will eventually accept cannabis, and the acceptance is already beginning with its use becoming legal in a few different states here in the U.S. The time has come for cannabis’ benefits (and downsides) to be understood in a levelheaded way, and those of you who are passionate about it can feel free to break any silence you may have maintained and voice your support for this popular spiritual assistant.

In embracing it, keep in mind that there are right and wrong ways to use it. Be careful not to fall into the trap of dependence that so many users seem to have fallen into. Almost anything can be good if used responsibly, and it’s similar to how you wouldn’t want to drink too much tea or eat too much food – because of the obvious negative consequences. But the negative aspects of cannabis use (or of the use of anything else) don’t necessarily have to deter us from embracing it; we’ll just want to keep those negative aspects in mind. Centeredness can go a long way, so if you choose to experience the ‘sacred herb’, let’s remember to be sensible.

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About the author:

Wes Annac

Wes Annac is a writer, musician and blogger, and creator of theCulture of Awareness daily news site. Wes’ intention is to use writing, music and meditation to help raise the planetary vibration, and disseminates material from his blog that raises real cultural awareness – from the fall of the planetary elite to the new paradigm of unity and spirituality.

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  • Mary

    What is your perspective on drug induced psychosis and mental health disorders such as schizophrenia? I have a son who at 26 has a very difficult life due to mental illness which began from early use of cannabis, thirteen years old. He no longer uses any form of recreational drugs after three breakdowns, which appeared to be triggered from the use of cannabis and/or other recreational drugs.

  • esther

    I going to the same situation that Mary went through except my son is still taking Marijuana and drinking alcohol on a daily basis. He has been hospitalized 8 times. He has mental illness and recently he pulled a knife on my and tried to choke me. Marijuana and alcohol triggered to what he has been going through for the past 4 years. According to your article there isn’t any mention of psychosis and schizophrenia that associated with smoking marijuana. I think you should have mentioned what marijuana really does to the brain when it is not fully develop.

    • Aaron

      Esther, I do hope that you do not blame cannabis for the actions and choices that your son has made. Those are on him not cannabis.

      I’d more likely point the finger towards alcohol. Mixing Cannabis and alcohol is a bad synergy anyways.

  • eevie

    Since the age of 14 weed was and still is a powerful spiritual catalyst for me. 🙂 You get out of it what you put into it. I didn’t and couldn’t smoke just to get high. Nothing wrong with that, but for some reason i instantly shift into what i call spiritual mode when i’m high. I really dont’ get high any more. 🙂 Just a little more user friendly as in i won’t bite your head off. lol

  • eevie

    Good to see you again, Wes. 🙂

  • Ethan

    Actually he never mentioned kids at all, he was talking about adult use for the purpose of expansion of consciousness, never once did he say kids should smoke pot at all. I read through several times to make sure, but truly it seems to lack any implication that a child should smoke marijuana. Young children at important stages of pre pubescent brain development should take every substance with extreme caution if ever at all, anti biotics to alcohol to marijuana. Any item that could potentially alter the electrical impulses of the synapsis should be avoided, continued use means an altered electrical impulse for extended periods, while the brain grows and adapts constantly. This forever changes the brains architecture, it’s chemistry, and the child’s behavior will no doubt be have dangerous concuquences in behavior. This is why alcohol is for individuals of 21 years of age or older, this does not mean alcohol should be illegal. Proper regulation goes a long way. This is also why no one has ever said kids should have weed, the argument has been for legalization for adults and regulations to prevent kids and illegal markets profiteering. Gosh I just don’t get you people, well I’ll just go ahead and say that because foul language can possibly affect a child’s development that it’s now illegal to curse! From now on if you say a bad word I’m going to get my goons with their flashbangs and AR-15s to break down your door, shoot your dog, and take you off to your new cage, all for your family to watch! But don’t worry you can’t argue with it, it’s for the children after all.

  • Wise Fox

    It seems like all too often that parents and head doctors resort to pointing to cannabis when diagnosing abnormal psychological disorders that any use is the root of the equation.. Hence it can only truly be seen as a self medicating routine of the already developed or developing mental illness itself verses the culprit.

    A plant can not make anyone insane or mentally ill but many others things can and do. Their has been a lot of positive research on Cannibinoids and experiments with the treatment of mental diseases such as Parkinson’s , Alzheimer disease using different chemotypes and isolated cannibinoids.

    It would be wiser to recognize and understand that the adolescent caught abusing cannabis is almost always self medicating due to the fact that Cannabis is not addicting. I do know that some types of this herb can be better antidepressant then any of the vial chemical concoctions prescribed by the big pharma through your local drugs dealers in white coats aka known as the real drug lords of the western world..

  • Valerie R.

    Why do we care what others judge and condemn? Don’t even give them that power. Through many years of brainwashing, conditioning, and propaganda, society has turned marijuana into something to be feared and denigrated. This turned the truths of cannabis’ benefits into lies. Only the weak minded, ignorant and delusional take what the govt or society dictates as reality. I’ve seen its medicinal benefits first hand in my own household.