The Real Truth about MARIJUANA

by Bina Pattel

Dear World,

This is a wake up call blog that could easily be a book as there is literally so much to write about.

Here is a laser look at this most commonly used illicit drug.

Just google it and check out some of the street names for this drug that alters our natural state.

Grass   Dope   Weed   Hash   Joint   Spliff   Puff   Pot   Mary Jane   Bud   Indo   Bong   Hydro   Green Goddess   Chronic   Buddha   Locoweed   Wacky Tabacky   Herb   Home grown  Sinsemilla   KGB (killer green bud)   Hashish   Bhang   Smoke   Skunk   Boo   Charge   Gage   Jive   Gold   Green   Mezz   Kef   Dagga   Hemp   Charas   Ganja   Resin   Draw   Texas tea

What are the names telling us here?
Why on earth are there so many names for this drug?
Is the bud from this green plant killing us like the KGB?
When did Buddha endorse this drug?
Is this the new tea in Texas?
What is Goddess about this green drug?
Who comes up with names like this?

FOR THE RECORD – Marijuana and Cannabis in this article are exactly the same.

What is Marijuana?
What forms does this come in?
Why is it illegal in many countries?
Why is it the most widely-used illegal drug in the UK?

What are the statistics on this mind-altering drug?
What are the side effects?
What are the long-term effects?
Why is it legalised in some countries?

What is medical marijuana?
What is the research telling us?
Who is funding the research?
Why is there limited research on this drug?
Why are we not asking for more evidence?

Who is writing the websites on Marijuana?
Why are young children aged 12 using Marijuana?
Why is this drug more potent today than 20 years ago?
Why does the internet allow social media to advertise cannabis clubs?
Why do we allow advertising of where to go to get your next bong? 

Do we as a world know enough about this drug?
Are we asking questions so we can KNOW the Truth about Marijuana? 

Why is Marijuana possession illegal in most countries today?
Is this a clear sign that this is a harmful substance to the human body?
Why are we not uniting on our views about this drug?
Is there something missing?
Have we looked at what the root cause is?
Is recreation merely an escape from the Responsibility we do not want?
How responsible are our governments and policy makers – honestly?
Is it time to stop finding solutions and get to the Truth about Marijuana? 

Marijuana alters our natural state. Fact.

Marijuana is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs in the world today.

Marijuana comes from the hemp plant.
The main psychoactive ingredient is THC.
THC – Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is the mind altering chemical.

Other than THC, the Marijuana plant contains more than 100 other cannabinoids. Illegal manufacturers have produced cannabinoids in the lab which are extremely powerful (1) and this will be another blog about synthetic drugs on our Real Truth series about Drugs.

Cannabinoids are chemicals related to THC, Marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient.
The body also produces its own cannabinoid chemicals. They play a role in regulating thinking, memory, concentration, body movement, awareness of time, appetite, pain and our senses – sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste (1).

According to Frank (a UK Government funded website) it is a sedating and hallucinogenic drug and the effects give you a feeling of time slowing down (2).

A hallucinogenic is a drug that alters the natural state of the mind by distorting the way users see and hear things. It also gives feelings of calm, peace and contentment.

Regular Marijuana use is known to be associated with an increase in the risk of later developing psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia; and if you have a family background of mental illness, you may also have an increased risk (2).

A review of Marijuana research published in the British Medical Journal found those driving under the influence of cannabis had nearly double the risk of a crash (2).

Everything in our world is going fast and is this why Marijuana is the most popular recreational drug today?

Is it used to bring a false sense of time so we can cope?

Do we use this drug to avoid our problems?

Is this drug supporting us to function in life?

Is this the solution to our daily life now?

Are we addicted to this drug to fill the void we wake up with every day?

Those who smoke get an instant hit and it is now popular to put the drug in cakes and cookies. Edibles take longer to digest and produce a high so people consume more to feel the effects faster and this of course is very dangerous.

Next – Dabbing is yet another growing trend. This is a new way of ingesting Marijuana that has become popular because they often contain 70-90% THC (3) so therefore stronger effects. Street Marijuana has around 15% concentration of THC.

There are currently no studies on the health impact of dabbing. Also called dabs, honey oil and BHO (butane hash oil).

Did you know butane is a flammable gas and is used in bottled form as a fuel?

What exactly is this telling us?
What is this spelling out to us?
Why are we not spending resources on studies?

Are we interested in what Marijuana users are up to these days?
Do we know how much Marijuana is passing through our prisons today?
Have we checked the websites that are talking of the dangers of BHO?
Why are users wanting more concentration of THC?
Why are they calling this the new “crack” of Marijuana?

Could it be possible that things are actually getting worse and more is needed as the regular stuff just doesn’t cut it anymore?

Could it be possible that higher concentrations are needed to deal with the inner turmoil of that which is being buried, that we are not willing to deal with?

‘Most dabbers are experienced marijuana users who have developed a tolerance to the effects of THC. Likewise, dabbing is believed to pose risks to novice users and is not recommended for those who smoke cannabis infrequently.’ Says the truth on pot website (3).

Did you know –

Marijuana can cause feelings of anxiety, suspicion, panic and paranoia.
Marijuana can cause long-term mental health problems.
Marijuana can affect your sleep.
Marijuana can make you feel depressed or behave aggressively.
Regular use can increase the risk of developing psychotic illnesses.
Using Marijuana with alcohol has serious consequences.

There are no FDA-approved medications to treat Marijuana addiction (4).

This is well worth noting. Nothing out there can deal with this addiction.

Could it be possible that we do have the answer and it is inside us?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (5) are saying about the effects of Marijuana –

Short Term Effects on the Brain

‘When a person smokes marijuana, THC quickly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream. The blood carries the chemical to the brain and other organs throughout the body. The body absorbs THC more slowly when the person eats or drinks it.’

‘THC acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals in the brain. These natural chemicals play a role in normal brain development and function.

Marijuana overactivates parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors. This causes the “high” that users feel.’

Do we actually need to over activate our brain in any way?
Is this the mind-altering affects we are seeking to numb us from feeling our pain?
Is this the drug of our choice to avoid taking Responsibility for our lives?
Are we tampering with nature here?

Longer Term Effects on the Brain

Marijuana affects brain development. ‘When Marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions’ (5).

‘Marijuana’s affects on these abilities may last a long time or even be permanent’ (5).

Are we aware of the actual cost to our society with teenagers using Marijuana?
How is this going to support our world when they become our older generation?

There is now enough evidence to show that those who use cannabis particularly at a younger age, such as around the age of 15, have a higher than average risk of developing a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (6).

Research between 1993 and 2003 showed that regular Marijuana use in adolescents doubled the risk of them leaving school early, of cognitive impairment and psychoses in adulthood (7).

A Rise in Marijuana’s THC Levels (5).

‘The amount of THC in marijuana has been increasing steadily over the past few decades.

For a new user, this may mean exposure to higher THC levels with a greater chance of a harmful reaction.

Higher THC levels may explain the rise in emergency room visits involving Marijuana use.’

A USA organisation, defines the problems of Marijuana as follows:

If Marijuana controls our lives and our thinking, and if our desires centre around Marijuana – scoring it, dealing it, and finding ways to stay high. We lose interest in all else.

The UK Home Office have a published guide on how to cut down and stop Marijuana use.

It suggests a range of things you can do to successfully stop using, including:

  • Draw up a list of reasons for wanting to change
  • Plan how you will change
  • Think about coping and withdrawal symptoms
  • Have a back-up plan


You could try a do it yourself – work through the leaflet on FRANK website (6).

Where is the success?
Where are the evidence-based studies confirming this method works?

Let’s get real for one moment.

Do you know anyone who uses Marijuana?
Have you spent time hanging out with Marijuana users?
Do we have experience working with those who are addicted to Marijuana?
Do we honestly think they are going to commit to planning?
Do we think they will make a list by nominating reasons for wanting change?
Do we feel that they will be interested in having a back-up plan?
Is a DIY truly going to have lasting change on this addictive drug?

Is this our governments’ answer to a serious and dangerous problem that we are currently facing?

There are 182.5 million Marijuana users globally (2014) (8).

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug, with more than 45% of American adults reporting that they have used it (9).

In 2014 a British Drugs Survey of 1,080 adults revealed that –
93% of drug users (more than 14 million people) said that they had taken Marijuana. 82% also said that Marijuana was the 1st illegal drug that they had ever taken (10).

Marijuana has the largest drug market globally with the 2015 World Drug report stating that it has an ‘extremely extensive web of trafficking flows’ (11).

In 2005, the United Nations World Drug Report said that the total value of the world’s Illegal Marijuana Market was worth $141.80 billion (12).

45% in USA officially reported and how many more are using it that are not on the statistics?

What are the true statistics if we are to get deeply honest here?

What are the real statistics on young teenagers?

Why have we not made it our business to find out more about this harmfull substance?

On the official USA government website:

the following quote confirms their current view –

‘It is important to note that Congress has determined that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a serious crime.’

So the officials are saying it is a ‘dangerous’ drug yet some of the states in this country now have made it legal. In case you are confused let us spell it out here –

The Central Government, which is based in Washington says that Marijuana is a dangerous drug. This means that it is illegal according to the federal government and it cannot be transported between legal states like Oregon and Washington.

Hello – do you get this? Both states have it legalised but federal law says it is illegal to transport it.

How did legalising Marijuana in Washington D.C. happen during 2012?
Where did the law come from?
Who was asking?
Who is making the law?
Who is actually saying this law makes sense? 

Why is Marijuana legal in some states but is illegal throughout the USA?

The Whitehouse is based in Washington where Marijuana is legal.
Are the law makers enjoying a Mary Jane while making the law?
What is recreational about this ‘dangerous drug’?
Why is Congress saying it is a ‘serious crime’ to sell this drug?

Are we re-creating something here in the name of enjoyment, which means Recreational?

How can we call this enjoyment and legalise it on one hand and then on the other call it a ‘dangerous drug’?
This is coming direct from one of our largest nations and so here you see the whole thing exposed for what it really is.

The ADAI (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute) University of Washington (13) have guidelines on their website as Marijuana is legal in Washington. They call this ‘science based information’.

Billion dollar question we should be asking right now is
‘Does science have ALL the answers?’

Could we for one moment suspend all our beliefs and put our common sense hat on?

Can we interview parents of young children who have taken Marijuana and are now addicted?

Could we speak to teenagers struggling with mental health problems unable to continue education?

Could we talk to those who have real life stories about Marijuana abuse, like the author of this article?

Could we study the real cost to our society and the global cost of the harm this drug is causing?

Can we go inside prisons and document the real harm that comes from using this drug?

As the writer here, I have worked inside prison and there is a lot more we need to be aware of regarding the use of this so called “recreational” drug. It is well known that many inmates live on this during their time in prison and the officials turn a blind eye as it seems easier than dealing with the problem.

The World Health Organization found that in European countries, 12-70% of prisoners have tried Marijuana; this is higher than in the general population. Marijuana also had the highest prevalence of lifetime drug use amongst prisoners, compared to any other illicit drug (14).

Having lived experience working with those in society who are addicted to Marijuana, it is confirmation that we need more awareness about this mind altering drug that is deeply harmful.

Check out the video on the ADAI website
and take note of the signs of someone taking this drug. Police report heart rates of up to 160 beats per minute. Our average normal resting heart rate can be as low as 60-80.

Can we stop for one moment and just re-read this again?

HELLO – imagine driving with a heartbeat of up to 4 times the average?

Let’s go back a few decades now.

In 1982 the USA Surgeon General issued a Public Health Warning on the damaging effects of Marijuana (15). The Surgeon General is the leading spokesperson in the USA on Public Health.

At that time the General said:

The use of Marijuana had increased 30-fold since 1962.

A report was submitted to Congress by the Department of Health and Human Services and the findings were:

‘Acute intoxication with Marijuana interferes with many aspects of mental functioning and has serious, acute effects on perception and skilled performance, such as driving and other complex tasks involving judgement or fine motor skills.’

The known or suspected chronic effects of Marijuana are:

  • short-term memory impairment and slowness of learning
  • impaired lung function similar to that found in cigarette smokers. Indications are that more serious effects, such as cancer and other lung disease, follow extended use
  • decreased sperm count and sperm motility
  • interference with ovulation and pre-natal development
  • impaired immune response
  • possible adverse effects on heart function
  • by-products of Marijuana remaining in body fat for several weeks, with unknown consequences. The storage of these by-products increases the possibilities for chronic, as well as residual, effects on performance, even after the acute reaction to the drug has worn off.
  • Of special concern are the long-term developmental effects in children and adolescents who are particularly vulnerable to the drug’s behavioural and psychological effects.

So here we have the kingpin for public health spelling this out to the government and what does this country do 34 years later – endorse it as safe to use in some states.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have stated that the evidence suggests that more drug users are suffering from cannabis use disorders and that cannabis may be becoming more harmful as reflected in the high numbers of people seeking first time treatment in several places in the world (16).

So why do countries want to make Marijuana legal?
Who really benefits?
Is this about the money or is it about the true health of people?

Have you read these headlines – Daily Mail – 2 July 2016 –

Cannabis kiosks in Jamaican airports to welcome tourists.

The article states that officials are looking at ways the country can ‘cash in’ on cannabis.

Since the drug was decriminalised last year, they hope to emulate the USA where legal sales of the drug raised £4 billion in 2015.

What is this message really spelling out to us?
What would the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) have to say about this?
What is our World Health Organization now going to do?
What would the parents of a young teenager addicted to Marijuana have to say?
What are our governments now going to tell us?

Could it be possible that other countries will want to consider profits before people or is this already happening?

What is medical marijuana?

The term medical marijuana refers to treating a symptom or disease with the whole unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts (1).

WEBMD – our website medical doctor tells us the main reason it is prescribed is for pain.

Medical marijuana is not monitored like FDA-approved medicines. This means when using it, you do not know its potential cause to cancer, its potency, its purity or side effects (17).

Medical marijuana should not be used for people with heart disease, pregnant women and those with a history of psychosis (17).

So is there a clue here that it affects your heart, your mind and a tiny foetus.

FOR THE RECORD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognised or approved the Marijuana plant as medicine (1).

However, scientific study of the chemicals in Marijuana called cannabinoids has led to two FDA-approved medications in pill form, (dronabinol and nabilone) both used to treat nausea and boost appetite (1).

However, some states like California have legalized medical marijuana.

Did you know – Estimated annual revenue that California would raise if it taxed and regulated the sale of marijuana: $1,400,000,000 (18).

That is 1 billion and 400 million dollars and that is just one state in the USA and one drug we are talking about.

HELLO World are you getting this?

Imagine all the states in America and then add all the countries in our world and you get a clue how huge the money is involved in Marijuana?

Next – Orson Boon (not his real name) is the Head of the London Cannabis Club. He is in a senior position in the medical field saying “people come to exchange samples, try new strains and have a chat”.

There are 49 clubs in the UK united by the UK Cannabis Social Club primarily operating through Facebook and they come together to discuss topics like Self Medication and Campaigning for Decriminalisation. They want to offer a safer medicine and recreation option to current legally available drugs such as alcohol, tobacco and coffee.

They say that domestic cultivation of this drug harms no one.

Is this really the Truth?

Could it be possible that because they take this drug they are in an altered state and it is from this state they are saying it does not harm?

The Guardian (19) states ‘The fact that growing and possessing cannabis is illegal in Britain does not deter many cannabis clubs across the UK from using social media to publicise meetings.’ Boon says that many members keep their involvement private as “Many of the people I have met have families, high profile jobs, mortgages and all sorts, and are terrified of losing everything.”

  • What message is this giving to the law makers in the UK?
  • What is this saying about the non-policing of social media?
  • How does it feel to know a senior medical professional is behind an illegal drug?
  • Why are members wanting privacy and terrified of losing everything?
  • Why is this going on openly on the internet?
  • Why do we classify Marijuana as a drug but some feel it is just a hobby and not harmful?

Who benefits if we legalise this drug that has been in our black market for a long time?

Do we actually get to stop and feel what is the real harm here or do we just campaign as it suits our own needs?

Are we interested in our youth who are damaged by the effects of taking this drug?

Does anyone know the true global cost of what this drug is doing to us as a race of beings?

What is clear is that our laws about Marijuana are not unified across the globe and this divide is fuelling this illegal drug.

There is enough evidence to conclude that this drug is harmfull and what is interesting is there is limited research on the long-term effects of Marijuana.

The question we need to be asking now is WHY?

  • Why are we not funding research to confirm what this drug is really and truly doing to us?
  • Why are we not making enough noise and voicing what we know is killing our youngsters today?

Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research at King’s College, London says:

‘Nobody knows what is in the cannabis that people are smoking in the UK. Politicians realised that studies of cannabis just cause them problems so they prefer not to know what is in cannabis.
If there was a big study that showed the potency of cannabis was further increasing, as I suspect it has, then this would cause headlines and more pressure on politicians and they want to avoid that, so they don’t fund the studies. It’s like if we didn’t know what was in that bottle of whiskey or what was in a bottle of wine; what the alcohol content was or the content of cigarettes, but here we are – the population’s favourite illicit drug; we really have no idea what is in it.’ (20).

Does our unwillingness to know more about the world’s favourite illicit drug say something about us?

Why on earth would any government not want to fund studies that expose the problems that this harmful drug is causing? 

Is it time to bring this subject to the headlines and bring more awareness, more facts, more real life cases of the harmfull effects, as let’s face it, we have a serious global problem here.

Dear World, do we really want to know what is going on?
Is it time we asked the WHY question?

Additional References

(1) (2015, July). Drug Facts: Is Marijuana Medicine? National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


(3) (2014, July 2). What Is Dabbing?

(4) (2016, April). Commonly Abused Drugs Chart. National Institute on Drug Abuse

(5) (2016, March). Drug Facts: Marijuana. National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S Department of Health and Human Services

(6) (2014, June). Cannabis and Mental Health. Royal College of Psychiatrists

(7) Hall, W. (2013). What Has Research Over the Past Two Decades Revealed About the Adverse Health Effects of Recreational Cannabis Use?

(8) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). World Drug Report. (p.43). New York, 2016

(9) (2014, July 25). 10 Facts About Marijuana. Drug Policy Alliance

(10) Mann, J. (2014, October 5). British Drugs Survey 2014: Drug Use is Rising in the UK – But We’re Not Addicted

(11) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). World Drug Report. (p. 37). New York, 2015

(12) Havocscope Global Black Market Information

(13) (2015, March). Learn About Marijuana. Science Based Information for the Public. ADAI

(14) Montanari, L, Royuela, L, Pasinetti, M, Giraudon, I, Wiessing, L, & Vicente, J. (2014).  Drug Use and Related Consequences Among Prison Populations in European Countries. Prisons and Health. World Health Organization. (Chapter 13, p.108); Regional Office for Europe

(15) (1982, August 13). The Surgeon General’s Warning on Marijuana

(16) (2016). 2015 World Drug Report Finds Drug Use Stable, Access to Drug & HIV Treatment Still Low. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)–access-to-drug-and-hiv-treatment-still-low.html

(17) Harding, A. (2013, November 4). Medical Marijuana. WebMD

(18) (2016). Drug War Statistics. Drug Policy Alliance

(19) Whitehead, S. (2013, November 17). Cannabis Clubs Blossoming in the UK

(20) Chambers, I., & Sample, I. (2016, April 15). How Harmful is Cannabis? – Podcast


Comments 105

  1. This is a great site Bina, well done for collating all this information about drugs. We need to get this out into the world very urgently to educate people so they are aware of how the choices they make will affect the rest of their lives. If youngsters read all this, they may think twice before trying drugs.

    1. Yes we do need to get this out into the world as you say here Gill Randall. It is time to wake up everyone so they get to know actually what this recreational drug is doing and why it has become such a huge global problem.
      I agree if we inform our youth there is a chance that they may choose to not take this drug which is deeply harmfull.

  2. So many questions we all have that are unanswered and when asked fall on deaf ears. There is no question of the downside of smoking Marijuana. The real question that needs to be addressed is why are so many using it to check out on life? It’s like blaming guns for killing others!

    1. Correct Steve Matson – why are so many people choosing to check out from life?
      Could it be possible as this blog says that they need to numb themselves as they do not want to take Responsibility?
      The blame game is big in our world. We have a tendency to blame anything and everything as if it has nothing to do with our own choices. I like what you say here about blaming guns for killing others. Time we looked at this deeply and got serious about what drugs are doing to us and writing blogs and comments like this means more awareness.

  3. “…do we really want to know what is going on?” good question…
    The more we all accept marijuana the less we feel the need to ask questions…
    What is it about human beings that has us choosing to go deeper and deeper into denial ?

    I dont listen to politicians and I take scientific studies with a large grain of salt but I do know that I have always felt there is something very wrong with smoking pot; it made me paranoid and the heavy smokers I knew had very muddy energy and even seemed cloaked in darkness. This I ignored for a long time… Why?

    1. Great question you ask here Jo Billings as a previous pot smoker.
      Having worked with many addicted to marijuana, it feels like they need something to numb themselves and not feel life or commit to life. A bit like they have given up and this checked out feeling (that doesn’t last) when the take their spliff keeps them going, albeit short term.
      I know plenty of people today who live on cannabis and life without it is not even possible. I can assure any reader right now they are NOT on any statistic as they have never admitted they need dope everyday and they sure don’t want anyone to know their secret. This confirms very clearly out stats are not real as so many are under the radar so to speak.

  4. I resisted smoking weed when I was young, I knew it was bad. Eventually I ignored my knowing and tried it. Then my body told me again that breathing smoke is bad. I eventually ignored that message too. What is allowing me to ignore all these signals that pot is not good for me? Thank you Bina Pattel and Serge Benhayon for supporting me to understand why I made these terrible choices.

    1. Great you are openly sharing your experience with smoking weed. Amazing that from a young age we know when something is bad and yet we grow up and ignore that knowing and try it out or for some get addicted to it.
      To get to the root cause we have to go to the why questions and until then it will be a bit like a band aid to a bullet wound. In other words it will not work.
      You are a living testimonial Ken Elmer that there is another way and the author and Serge Benhayon have supported you with a deeper understanding, so you could deal with it and move on as you have clearly done so.

  5. Brilliant blog Simple Living – exposing the truth around marijuana from every angle. Your question is pertinent – “Why are we not funding research to confirm what this drug is really and truly doing to us?” and why do we continue with it knowing we dont truly know the effects it is having on us, and on our world today?

    1. Correct Jane Keep – Simple Living Global has worked hard at doing our best to expose the Truth about Marijuana from every angle possible and bring it to the world in a simple and easy read style.
      The questions raised are serious and if more of us do not speak up then funding is not ever going to be made available for this harmfull drug that is doing damage that many do not really want to know about. Why?
      Why is there so little interest in getting this type of stuff out onto the news headlines and on billboards.
      Who is behind this? and the big question is – Who actually benefits?

    2. Could it be possible Jane that the reason we are not funding research to confirm what this drug is really doing to us is because we would have to face up to how big this global problem actually is.
      I say there needs to be more Responsibility from the governments but also the people need to ask more questions. Imagine making news headlines about Marijuana and spelling it out like this blog does.
      Instead we have newspapers reporting where the next marijuana kiosk is at the airport. Is this a way of advertising this harmful drug?
      Does this actually help us as a race of beings to deal with this out of control problem?
      Who makes up these laws and who is in authority?
      These are questions we should all be having so that it brings this topic to the front page of the news one day soon !

  6. Why do I see every single day people smoking joints?
    Why do I smell every single day marihuana?
    Why is there a coffee shop opposite my house?
    Why are there coffee shops in Amsterdam?
    Why do I see so many tourists walking around stoned?
    Why is marihuana legal in Holland?
    Why do I have to deal with this every single day?
    Why do we accept and tolerate this?
    What does this say about the country I live in?
    What is going on and has been going on for many many years?

    1. Thank you Mariette Reineke for writing from Holland where Marijuana is legal and you for one are asking the WHY questions. It is this asking and not accepting things as they are that will bring about change. Not saying anything, not questioning anything and simply going about our day like it does not affect us is not the answer.
      More of us need to know about the harmful affects of drugs and Simple Living Global is committed to bringing more awareness by writing blogs like this.
      No campaigning needed or ra ra here. Just expressing Truth in a simple style that is accessible to all.

    2. It’s so interesting to hear, Mariette, that legalising marijuana in Holland has had this big an impact – made smoking it so widespread.

      I wonder what proportion of the population is high day to day.

  7. Just in the news: over the last year the police in Holland discovered 16 pot fields a day. Most of them were found in people’s houses or in office buildings. 16……now what does this number tell us?

    1. This is huge what you are saying here Mariette and thank you for sharing. So what is not making sense is that Holland have legalised Marijuana and yet the police are saying they are discovering 16 pot fields a day. Hello.
      Have we gone bonkers. If it is legal why are the authorities concerned.
      Who is making the law?
      Who is the authority here?
      Why are we not asking more questions?
      Surely we can read between the lines and realise that something is not quite right and we have a duty to find out what is the Truth.

  8. Thank You Felix Kremer for your comment. As the author I did stop and take note that what you say is very important. This blog is very needed and has to go big. It was the word ‘big’ that made me stop. I realised a blog is not enough. This needs to reach more and more people, globally and in places like prisons where there is no internet.
    The politician bit made me laugh out loud as I have no intention ever of going down that road but I could sure advise them regarding drugs and new policy changes that are much needed.
    I most certainly care for people and it is for this reason that I am willing to spend around two weeks reading and researching to get a blog like this out there. A lot of hard work, time and effort has gone into this and I see it as an honour and a blessing that I have the ability and the resources to be able to do this for humanity, so the world is no longer unaware of the real Truth.

  9. I used to believe that pot was natural, harmless, more ‘peaceful’ than alcohol, something some needed to slow down or have fun… BUT I had to constantly convert all the evidence I saw and felt that did not match this picture I wanted to hold, for instance:
    *I’ve had many friends who could not stand to be without it-(this is significant) they were not OK w/out it & not themselves on it
    *It is not from a place of wellbeing that we want to get high… so is pot a true “fix” to correct our ills or just another “fix” to (temporarily) escape?
    *Iv’e had partners who used it daily to not-feel their anxiety & unhappiness but it never resolved anything; not a single thing… (Is this good medicine?)
    *I have felt that many people use it to help them not really care about anything
    *I’ve used it to escape and not deal with straightening my life out, even though…
    *It made me paranoid and that was horrible
    *I’ve used it not-to-be-myself & not to feel my inner voice asking me to get real
    *I’ve it to ignore the fact that I was not in loving company
    *Only a pot smoker could be OK with their child using pot and most of them are not… if it’s not good enough for our kids why is it good enough for us?
    *I feel we use it to get a form-of-happiness instead of building a life we can feel joyful in.(The easy way but a way that doesn’t get us ‘out’ of anything).

    I ask the question: “If we feel we “need” something, how open will we be to feeling/seeing indicators that “it” may not really be the positive thing we ‘need’ or ‘want’ it to be?

  10. This is brilliant information……..thankyou so much for aĺl you have done, in gathering all this truth on this drug and sharing it with us all. So much is happening in this world ànd we’re not getting the full truth. Thank you for exposing a part of it.

    1. Thank You Jody Bladin for your comment and appreciation of the hard work that went on to get this information out into the world. It was a huge task and something that Simple Living Global feels it can do, as it has a commitment to expressing Truth and bringing awareness through this website.
      I agree so much is happening in this world and those of us who have the ability need to speak up and spell it out literally in a simple accessible language so people get it.
      No fluff, no fancy words and no banging on trying to convert, preach or teach anyone anything. Just clear simple stuff that we all need to know about and then its up to us what we choose to do with this ‘brilliant information’ as you call it.

    2. I agree Jody, Simple Living Global are exposing the Truth of what is going on and thank goodness I say as without eye opening blogs like these and the commitment of the writer to share with the world what is happening, how else do we get to see more and understand what is going on?

      Today on my high street within 20 minutes, I saw two different sets of teenagers smoking cannabis. This is on a busy high road on a Saturday afternoon in an affluent area, no slum and there it is for all to see, the reality of what is going on for our youth of today. This would have been more hidden before, but as things are getting more intense, young people are smoking more and more cannabis openly.

      The key question as always is Why?

      Whats is going on for our youth of today that they are taking more and more cannabis?

      What is presented in this blog by Simple Living Global is well worth considering, if we are at all interested in getting to the root cause of this.

  11. When I read this Mariette it’s an example of how wayward and uncaring we have become and how harmful marijuana is to our bodies. This is the thing, anyone that smokes marijuana, if they’re really honest can tell you that they don’t feel vibrant and healthy. Just taking one drag of it into your lungs, our lungs are not left feeling spacious and expansive. We have become masters at lying to ourselves and not being honest about what our body is truly saying. Did we create this drug so that we don’t have to be honest and take Responsibility for our lives? Does it suit us to say that marijuana is healing so that we can continue to not take Responsibility for our lives?

    1. Great questions here Shevon and one that we should all be discussing at the dinner parties and at every other opportunity we have.
      The word RESPONSIBILITY sticks out here. How responsible are we that we create a harmful drug to alter our natural state so we move further away from who we truly are. Where is the intelligence in that and where on earth is this coming from? should be the question we all need to start asking.
      If we are honest is it because ‘it suits us to say Marijuana is healing, so we can continue to not take Responsibility’ as Shevon says in her comment.

  12. Listening to a discussion on radio this morning on legalising drugs what struck me was the emotion involved with everyone discussing. The way that the discussion was conducted detracted from the issue of drugs itself; it was like being in a war room. The panel were not united.

    This blog makes many points and this is one:

    ‘What is clear is that our laws about Marijuana are not unified across the globe and this divide is fuelling this illegal drug.’

    I agree. We are asking the wrong questions. We need to be asking WHY? we need Marijuana and at young and younger ages.

    Focusing on the debate on whether it should be legal or not and bringing in all sorts of clever arguments is not getting to the root of the problem and only leads to warfare like I witnessed in the radio discussion this morning.

    The top line is that this and every other drug are harmful to the human body – FACT. Any acceptance that this is not the case is just fuelling the problem.

    Simple Living Global is really onto something here. Just consider blogs like these –

    Questions, Questions,

    The War Inside Us

    International Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking and

    World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

    as well as this blog – Do we not then have the answer to the world’s drug problem and many other social issues in these blogs and on this website?

  13. Thanks Bina ,for your very informative and awesome article of Marijuana and its legalisation in so many places on the planet has got me wondering ,what the hell is going on? As a long term user in the past , I see many issues with the mind altering , and highly addictive marijuana and see that there is a lot of money involved with the large amount of dope addicts in the world . So could it be that in certain places governments want to be able to profit from the Tax of all weed sold?
    We dont really know the long term effects and for some the effects can be catastrophic ,and lead to permanent mental illness as so many medical statistics have proven . So we can say that it is not safe as it effects some people in such a negative way .
    I feel there is a high level of irresponsibility in humans and that to be able to light a joint or pipe and be in other dimension within minutes ,really attracts people as they feel they can escape feeling and the parts of life etc that they dont want to know about.
    As the world needs much more committed and clear workers and citizens , to help work through and clean up the mess we have made globally it really feels like another great manipulation of evil .
    By the the highly increased usage ” 30 fold since 1962″ and “There are 182.5 million Marijuana users globally (2014) (8)”
    This definitely would have to be contributing to the high rate of mental illness statistics world wide and leading people to depression and wanting to give up and not fully commit to life . Making for a larger human cargo of ill passengers in the ship we call life on earth.

    Theses statistics and questions are well worth – opening up the conversation about as we are talking a lot of users of a serious mind altering psychedelic substance – the so called soft, natural drug that causes behaviours that are not natural .

    1. “… the world needs much more committed and clear workers and citizens, to help work through and clean up the mess we have made globally…” – this really rings loud, Greg.

      In the UK, a bus driver has recently shared on social media, photographs showing the extent of drug abuse in Manchester and Wrexham in the north. There has apparently been a surge in the use of the drug ‘Spice’, a synthetic drug that is supposed to mimic the affects of cannabis. It is mixed with a tranquilliser for transporting large fish and it is so cheap it is turning into the new heroin or crack cocaine, particularly used by the homeless. He has described and photographed countless users in the streets, catatonic, ‘frozen’ upright like statues or falling face down from standing without putting out their hands. He has also shown the extent of drug paraphernalia left in public areas around the bus station.

      A couple of things strike me. Firstly, how quickly something like this takes hold and spreads. What is happening for these people that results in such an epidemic? And what was already happening, way before this point, that we weren’t looking at?

      Second, how shining a light on these very human problems can actually make a difference. The bus driver who chose to record and release what was going on said he wanted to show the reality of ‘every day life for the addicts that use there and the mess that they leave for the public…’, and that he wants ‘people to come together to find a solution…’ before deaths start happening. If talking about what we see makes a difference then don’t we have a responsibility to do that and to have really honest look at what’s going on?

      Here is the news article:

  14. Absolutely top comment Greg Jordan and thank you for taking the time to share and be honest about the fact that you were a long term user of Marijuana in the past.
    What the hell is going on as you say. In answer to your question about the profits made by legalising this drug, I feel there is some truth here. We have lost the plot and profits before people has become the norm in business and in governments.

    As you say we do not know the long term effects and what is clear is there is not enough funding going into research and our question should be Why not?
    Why is this huge global money making problem not at the top of all government agendas?
    I would say the statistics quoted are not real or accurate. I know many people who are not on that list and are most certainly addicted to Marijuana.
    True story – I had a man come to see me recently who was smoking 11 joints a day and working. He said his partner was also doing the same and my question is do employers turn a blind eye or do they know what is going on?
    I agree with you regarding the point you make about marijuana statistics contributing to mental health. I know from first hand experience and the obvious reason is, it is a mind altering drug as are all drugs including caffeine and alcohol.
    There is absolutely nothing natural about Marijuana and it is time to wake up world to that fact. This blog is confirmation of that fact.

  15. How is it possible that in this day and age we consider it okay and just part of our collective evolution if one person is signed off as being mentally ill from the use of a drug? Why is it that when the first person went off the rails we did not STOP and ask what is going on here… For is it possible that as a global community we turn our collective backs hoping that some one else will do it for us?
    As a young man I experimented with drugs of all varieties, my least favourite was Marijuana as it made me lose focus on what was real and actually made me very anxious and paranoid. Why do we choose to partake in drugs that actually send us into states of mind that harm our well being and consequently those around us? For me it was wanting to escape and using anything possible to hand – even if it was something I did not really like the experience of – every once in a while I would try it to see if the result was different – insanity?
    This article represents a new marker in the world for the truth on drugs, the truth on why we are choosing to escape ourselves; and the truth about what the authorities, those whom are usually voted in to oversee the global population, are actually doing about these people crushing issues. Thank you.

  16. What you say here Simple Living Global makes so much sense. I love the very common sense way that you look at things. It doesn’t make sense to me, that newspapers would use valuable space to report and in a way advertise that Marijuana is available at an airport kiosk. The harmfull effects of this drug are no joke. Increasingly in the work that I do, we see young people and adults deeply affected by drug induced psychosis from Marijuana use. In a recent meeting a professional shared that they had come across young people with drug induced psychosis as young as 13. If anyone close to us was affected by this drug in this way, we would be asking more questions, but at the end of the day as much as we might like to turn a blind eye, we are all part of one family called the human race and therefore we ALL do suffer the harmful effects of one person not reaching their potential and being ill affected by this drug. Treating the symptoms is not enough, we do need to be asking the WHY questions. WHY is Marijuana the most used drug? and WHY do we need it? In my view and from reading this article, any use of Marijuana for medicinal purposes is just as harmfull.

  17. Thank you Simple Living Global for this very enlightening blog. The statistics here are very shocking and shows the amount of people that are using this drug to check out on life. One of the details that stood out for me was the contradiction of the US Government. The official US website,, states that they have determined that Marijuana is dangerous and it is illegal to distribute and sell, but on the other hand, some states have made Marijuana legal. Surely logic dictates that you cant have the main Federal government saying something is illegal but then have individual states making their own rules.
    There is no logic in this so the question is: what is the real reason behind allowing this contradictory policy?
    We can only speculate as to the reasons but, what is not speculation, is the message it sends.

  18. Canada is set to make the use of recreational marijuana legal in the Spring of 2017.

    Research has found that people are more likely to use marijuana if it is legal.

    In 2016 more states in the USA legalised the use of marijuana. We have California and Massachusetts who legalised adults (those over 21) to use/possess marijuana.
    Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas legalised the ‘medical’ use of marijuana.

    On 1st January 2017 the possession and use of marijuana for recreational use became legal in Nevada.
    Maine is close behind where the drug could become legal by the end of January 2017/the beginning of February.

    This really is a case of supply and demand as it is actually us, the people, who are voting for marijuana to become legal. The citizens are asking for it and therefore there will always be a steady supply from the drugs industry.

    We can’t blame the governments or the people who deal and traffick marijuana – collectively is time we started asking WHY we need marijuana?

    Whether we smoke marijuana or not, is it time for us to truly contemplate the questions in this stupendous article so that we can dig deep and understand why we desire something that is harming us all so much?

  19. Research published in the Psychopharmacology Journal states that scientists have confirmed that cannabis users who inhale a small amount are less likely to choose a high-effort task while intoxicated.
    It will raise fears that long-term use of the drug could affect an individual’s motivation even when they are not high.

    We deal quite often with youngsters who are high achievers before they start smoking cannabis, but see their grades drop considerable as a result.
    Lucy Dawe – Cannabis Skunk Sense Charity

    It has always been know that cannabis is a depressant and slows everything down, so it is hardly surprising that if you smoke cannabis you would end up less motivated to do what you planned.
    Harry Shapiro –Director Drugwise

    If this blog is taken seriously then this news is simply a confirmation.
    Lets join the dots here and keep it simple.

    Even a small amount of cannabis has an effect.
    Our youth who choose to take it suddenly see their grades drop.
    This drug is a depressant and this is a known side effect.

    How many more scientific studies and research and research do we need to tell us without any doubt that ALL drugs alter our natural state of being and that means they are harmfull?
    We can of course ignore certain facts as it suits our own lifestyle or we may need to not challenge these things as it upsets others.
    We may know of friends and family or work colleagues who are hooked on the stuff and we see it as a ‘tiny’ bit of harm so its ok.
    We may know our kids are on it and so better we keep our mouths shut.
    We may simply be afraid that by speaking out we will be attacked by those who champion and defend it as a drug that is good for us.

    If we all sit back in silence, ignore scientific evidence like this, then we can comfortably say the statistics in this blog will increase.
    If we truly want real change that is lasting, then it maybe wise to start with our blog –
    Get Real, Get Honest and Get to Truth

  20. There is an article in the daily mail recently about a drug called ‘Spice’.

    I had never heard of this drug before and was shocked at what I was seeing and reading.

    Looking at the pictures in the Daily Mail of the users, the word ‘Zombie’ seems very apt.

    Spice was first produced as a supposedly ‘safe’ cannabis alternative and was available from a legal high shop. It looked like a cigarette and was odourless which was one reason why users felt no need to hide their habit.

    Because of a new law that came in last May, which banned all psychoactive substances said to impact mental health, these legal high shops were only closed down, belatedly by the government, because of several deaths.

    Cannabis itself is very harmful. According to some experts, one spice joint is like smoking 100 cannabis joints and you can get addicted to it within 3 days.

    With the above figures, one can see how addictive and catastrophic this drug is.

    One reason why Spice has emerged so quickly is the price and ease in which to make the drug. With it being less risky than importing drugs like heroin and cocaine, Spice is a very desirable alternative.

    Manchester seems to be the centre of this issue but it is rapidly spreading to other cities and the drug is very prevalent in some prisons. The Piccadilly area of Manchester is now a no-go area for the police.

    The efficacy of this drug is quite startling and has the potential to become an epidemic.

    The lifeless, comatose photos of the users in the Daily Mail is a huge message to the authorities to stamp out this extremely harmful substance.

    Thousands of lives have already been ruined and with the cheap price and availability of this drug, thousands more will be ruined.

    1. Tim Bower, what you say about this synthetic drug, spice, got my attention.
      I looked at the article and, like you, I am shocked (and I’m not easily shocked).

      I know people who would choose total non-existence in a heartbeat if such a thing really existed, I have seen people try to choose self annihilation when they have given up on life and I know those who have tried to avoid consciousness by taking high levels of sleeping and pain drugs during the dying process…

      …but there is no drug, no pill, no amount of money or fame, there is no one anywhere, not even death or God who can ‘take it all away’ for us because it is ours; our creation, our responsibility, our learning.

      No one can stop the nightmares of even the deepest drugged sleep, no one can erase the situation we have created through our many ill choices…

      …except ourselves. By making new choices, choices that are for us not against us, choices that are supportive and honoring, choices that are steps toward ourselves and not further away we can return to our natural sense of well being and true way of living.

      I know this is true as I have witnessed this transformation in many people and I too am living proof that making choices to get Back to Basics and support one’s foundation does turn life around.

      So this synthetic drug, Spice, annihilates a person ‘on-the-cheap’ but there is a HUGE cost; it is only going to offer the furthest reaches of torment without an ounce of true relief.

      Those trying to buy oblivion (in any way) will not escape the fact that they will wake up much deeper in the hell they already thought unbearable…

      Can we afford to look the other way because this extreme is only happening to poor people, homeless people or those who are deeply given up?

      Has it gotten bad enough yet or do we wait until it gets worse?

      It is time each of us looks at what it is we are trying to escape form; by shopping, hoarding, hiding in luxury, hiding in misery, playing small, doing good deeds, using socially acceptable recreations or other distractions, using drugs, numbing out, avoiding people, avoiding life, blissing our, checking out, going hard etc. etc…

      because, although we have different outlets available to us we all carry the same discomfort and potential within…

      could the discomfort be there because we do not allow our potential?

      I know we are all in this together.


    New research analyzing millions of U.S. medical records suggest that marijuana use raises an adult’s risk of stroke and heart failure.

    Researchers looked at 20 million health records of patients across more than a thousand hospitals.

    If we just stop here, consider the cost of this enormous task to prove that something is going on with those who take this mind altering substance.

    Of course the classic line remains “more research will be needed”. This is because we as the public keep asking for more and the more is never enough and we all know research goes out of date even before we get the information.
    So here we are in 2017 and this research which they call ‘new’ is dated 2009-2010.

    The question is – what is the real truth if this study was done today?

    This news article says “..the researchers concluded that marijuana use was independently associated with a 26% increased risk of stroke and a 10% increased risk of heart failure.

    Of course we have those who defend and disagree with this and so back to the drawing board we go, asking for more and more research.

    What we all need to consider as individuals is our own personal Responsibility as society gives us this free will thing, which means do what you want. So if we honestly think that there is a safe way to take cannabis and other drugs then it is our choice.

    Could it be possible that the sensible and wise approach would be to educate and be well informed, so we can come to the decision as to whether this blog and comments like this make sense and are spelling something out, that may support our true health and well being?

    Finally, do we all need to hang around and wait for more findings to be published in peer-reviewed journals to validate them or can we make our own minds up with a dose of common sense?

    1. It is a yes from me Simple Living Global. A dose of common sense, to educate and inform, as does this website and blogs, is a great way to address the enormity of this problem. Practical simple ways to take responsibility, change lifestyle habits and choices in all areas of life are all here on this site.

      Back to basics with Simple Choices is there for us all to change our world, and the quality we live our lives… together.

  22. There was a recent article in the news about marijuana – – with research into its potential use for medical purposes. It states:
    “Calls for cannabis to be legalised for medical use have been growing in the UK, with some MPs urging the Government to change the plant’s status under current drug laws so it can be prescribed by doctors for conditions including chronic pain and anxiety.
    But the Home Office has said there are no plans to make the “harmful drug” legal.” – so why are we spending £10 million on researching it when it is, harmful, and illegal? doesnt make sense?

  23. This is a real reality check of an article Simple Living Global thank you. Reading it I have learned much about this drug, it’s harmful effects, the huge number of people taking this globally, and the seriousness of the problem we have as a humanity with it. ‘Recreational’ doesn’t seem to fit at all with a substance that causes so much harm.

    The effects on the brain, awareness, psychological and physiological wellbeing are very concerning with enormous numbers of people using this drug. It makes me question that not only does it cause such level of harm on the health and lives of the people using it, but also what is the knock on effect on everyone in their lives too?

  24. Well I wrote this blog as it has my name at the top and so I have to be aware that it may not make me popular as there are many who would not agree with what is being said in this blog.
    So more and more people are looking at ways to relieve pain with medical marijuana and we want it legalised for both social and medical reasons.
    The question we need to all be asking is what is the real cost here to society and if this drug was so great then how come some governments are not making it legal?

    Are we choosing to ignore the real harm, for whatever reason, because it suits us and our lifestyle?

    Are we unwilling to admit that we may actually be wanting this as it helps us to numb out and check out from the ugly stuff going on in our lives?

    Take it from me who has lived experience with working with people taking this substance and they all say they wish they never started, as it gets you hooked. For many it has ruined relationships, affected their work and sleep. For some it has led to a life of more alcohol, drugs and crime.

  25. Marijuana is hailed as Americans next big market.

    In this article Fresh Toast state that ‘according to Forbes, the marijuana industry was estimated to be worth $7,200,000,000 (billion) in 2016 and is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 17%.’

    The article also states that medical marijuana is a ‘growth industry’. However marijuana is still a schedule 1 drug in the US, which means that it has “no currently accepted medical use”

    In 2015, arrests for marijuana in the US outweighed those made for all violent crimes COMBINED, including murder and rape, according to the NGO Human Rights Watch.

    It gets worse –

    Mexico have passed a bill authorising marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.

    Mexican marijuana is now a commercial good.

    Medical marijuana is expected to bring in between $1,000,000,000 – $2,000,000,000 over the next 10 years.

    This is big BUSINESS.

    Canada’s medical marijuana market is expected to be $1,000,000,000 by 2020.
    Whilst recreational marijuana’s prospects are $22,600,000,000.

    The main thread of the article in this link is about how the US will miss out on this multi-billion dollar industry if the new administration proceed with their zero support for marijuana stance.

    Nevertheless the article provides some shocking statistics on how big this industry is.

    It is no surprise really as anything that does harm to the human body, usually has a large money making interest behind it – otherwise it would not exist.

    I know there are many supporters of marijuana being legalised, but to be honest whether it’s legalised or not the most potent form of addressing all of the issues that go along with this drug like poor mental health, poor physical health, subsequent unemployment or inability to be present at work and in daily tasks, crime, relationship breakdowns and homelessness is to educate on the harms and really ask WHY we need it?

    We have gone way beyond the to legislate or not legislate argument. I work in the homelessness sector and have seen young people lose it as they go into psychosis as a result of this drug and therefore from my lived experience there cannot be any true good or medicinal use from this drug.

    Just reading this article from Simple Living Global on marijuana is enough to let us know that marijuana has no healing benefits.

  26. An article from ABC News, May 2017, says ‘Doctors are worried about increased marijuana use in pregnant women’.

    The use of marijuana continues to climb as more and more states legalise the drug and the number of pregnant women using it is starting to concern doctors.

    The American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ACOG) recommend pregnant women avoid marijuana due to evidence that it affects the foetus and that it may interfere with brain development.

    The article states that 14% of pregnant women aged between 12-17 reported using the drug in the past month, compared to 6% of non-pregnant women using the drug.

    Experts believe that the acceptance of marijuana – recreational and medicinal – is playing a significant role in the drug’s popularity.

    Between 2001-2013 Marijuana use in the USA has more than doubled and the rates of pregnant women using it has jumped from 2.4% to 3.9% in 2001-2014 respectively.

    One reason could be that some people use marijuana for nausea, so women who are pregnant may think the drug is a ‘natural’ way to combat morning sickness.

    An addiction psychiatrist and the past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine says, “That is unfortunate because it implies that it is safe. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.”

    In the USA, if a pregnant woman is using marijuana, the doctor has an obligation to notify Child Protective Services and if the woman doesn’t stop using the drug, they run the risk of losing the baby.

    With all the evidence pointing to the fact that marijuana is very harmful, why are the doctors only concerned with pregnant women?

    Of course they should be very concerned as marijuana, like alcohol, alters our natural state and this has an effect on our entire body which includes the foetus of a pregnant woman but marijuana is just as harmful to all people, pregnant or not, so why aren’t the doctors giving them the same amount of concern?

    The questions I would like answered though, is, if marijuana is known to be exceptionally harmful, how can ‘medicinal marijuana’ be justified and why are there some states in the USA that have legalized this drug?

  27. An article from “refinery29” talks about how a medical marijuana dispensary in the US has just started to make “weed pizza’s”.

    They found that adding marijuana to not only sweet foods but savoury foods as well, went down a treat.

    They also sell marijuana infused olive oil and peanut butter and they are currently working on a vegan mayonnaise.

    This story is by no means a surprise to me but the statement at the bottom of the article from refinery29 is worth mentioning – it reads:

    ‘Refinery29 in no way encourages illegal activity and would like to remind its readers that marijuana usage continues to be an offence under Federal Law, regardless of State marijuana laws’.

    If federal law is what the USA abides by, and federal law says that the use of marijuana is illegal, how is it possible that individual states are able to make their own legislation?

    How has a harmful and addictive drug like marijuana been able to become legalized in several states?

    What will stop individual states making other drugs or crimes legal?

    Is it possible that this paradoxical policy of whether marijuana is illegal or not is making the enforcement of the federal law unattainable?

    Is it not ridiculous that federal law says marijuana is illegal but there are shops that are selling marijuana infused foods?

    1. When we have states ‘allowing’ things which are illegal on a federal level we have to consider Tim’s question:
      “What will stop individual states making other drugs or crimes legal?”

      The legalization of marijuana is a supply and demand issue but do we understand what is behind our demand?

      We need to consider that when we feel we ‘need’ something we do not discern if it is truly good for us or not; we will rationalize anything to get that ‘need’ met.

      What if pot is needed not to feel the pain of not living our life true to who we are?

      What if medicating this pain prevents us the chance to get to the root of our issues?

      What if the growing use and acceptability of pot is actually taking us further from our natural ability to feel what is going on and make the changes needed to heal and live our lives as who we truly are?

  28. An article from ‘’ talks about ‘A catch-22 of medical marijuana transplants’:

    A rise in the use of medical marijuana has spurred a debate about organ transplantation and it is changing some laws across the nation.

    A kidney patient was removed from an organ donation list due to his use of medical marijuana because of a health risk associated with the drug.

    The patient is now speaking out in support of a bill in Maine that would prohibit hospitals from determining a patient’s suitability for transplantation solely on the basis of medical marijuana use.

    Several other states have already passed similar legislation.

    Whether or not we feel the transplantation of organs should be done is our own personal opinion, but is it possible there is a bigger question here?

    Is it possible that there is a level of hypocrisy here when a patient is offered medical marijuana by doctors, then they are told by the same doctors that they cant have a different treatment because of that same medical marijuana?

    Is it possible that medical marijuana is just being used as a convenient way of keeping people quiet?

    Is it possible that the medical world needs to look at the use of a scientific proven harmful drug that is being used to medically suppress someone’s pain?

    Marijuana may have some pain relief properties for some people but is it possible that the pain relief is simply because we are checking out and it has the same affect as alcohol – it just numbs us?

    Is it possible that medical marijuana is not helping the issue but simply getting a patient addicted to this drug?

    Whatever the short term benefits of medical marijuana, the simple fact is that it is a proven harmful drug that alters our natural state and can possibly cause greater complications further down the road.

  29. This blog is eye opening… it spells out what I feel we already know but have felt too overwhelmed or too comfortable to deal with…

    (Link below to an article about the increasingly popular synthetic versions of marijuana.)

    These compounds are far stronger than the plant itself, causing more extreme reactions such as psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia… this is heavy duty drug.

    I have been noticing a strong trend in advertising to appeal to our growing desire for better health, for more natural, local, sustainable products…

    What I see is that we need to deal with our willingness to be fooled.

    Do we have the luxury to continue seeing anything to do with marijuana as friendly?

    Can we stop and consider if what the author of this blog has to say makes sense – that we are all reaching for more and more intense ways of distraction away from the louder and louder voice, feeling of discomfort from inside us?

    Are we willing to ask what is this anxiety, empty feeling, unrest that we trying to muffle trying to tell us?

    If we listen to the messenger doesn’t he stop delivering the message?

    Marijuana plays out differently in society than alcohol; I feel the destructive effects are more internal, less obvious at first, than the violence associated with alcohol use.

    In this article (link below) we are asked to consider the health of the more vulnerable groups in society such as homeless people, young people and anyone with previous psychological issues.

    I often speak with homeless people, or attempt to – many of them have lost touch with the world around them.

    To lose the ability to sense what is going on in such a way that there is no direct way to communicate has to be the most intense illusion of utter separation.

    I can fathom nothing more painful or terrifying than to feel so utterly alone, forgotten and out of reach of love, care and human interaction.

    So the effects of us not getting real, getting honest and getting truthful about the empty feeling we carry within and medicate in various ways can be very devastating.

    Can we afford to continue not to deal with what does not feel right?

    Can we live with the consequences of our continual seeking out ways of escaping what we don’t want to feel when people are literally loosing themselves by the fact that the ‘comforts’ they can afford and reach push them over the edge?

    Every time I get a glimpse into the windows of someone’s eyes, I know it is worth facing our every hurt and coming back to who we are.

  30. It’s interesting how many people will swap alcohol for marijuana – acknowledging the harms of alcohol – particularly if they have a medical condition – and ignoring the fact that there are any possible harms from marijuana use.

    I know many young people who drink little alcohol but smoke marijuana daily.

    The rise in the use of ‘medical’ marijuana, is not helping the issue.

    Reading both the blogs on Alcohol and Marijuana on the Simple Living Global website leave me in no doubt of the harms of both.


    A new study by Columbia University School of Dental Medicine, published in the Journal of Periodontology is suggesting that people who frequently use Marijuana are twice as likely to have periodontal disease. It is well known that tobacco use increases the risk of gum disease.

    We are at a time where legalisation of recreational and medical marijuana is increasing its use and we all need to be aware of these possible side effects.

    It would be true to say that scientific studies are always going to come up with stuff in support and against drugs of any kind.

    Would it be wise for us all to just be honest and get real, put our common sense hat on and join the dots?
    Marijuana alters our natural state.
    Period as they say in USA.
    Full stop as they say in UK.

    Are there really any more studies needed when our innate intelligence knows absolutely that something is not right with any drug taking and it harms our body?

    International Business Times – 9 August 2017

    Marijuana users three times more likely to die from high blood pressure.

    Studies have linked marijuana use to cardiovascular problems.

    It is now a public health priority to look at whether marijuana use increases cardiovascular mortality. This is because more countries are moving to decriminalize marijuana.

    If we read this blog and what it is presenting, are we really in need of more research and do we have time on our side?

    The fact that the headlines in this news story is speaking volumes – are we just going to ignore it and think that blood pressure tablets will nail it for us or are we going to stop and join the dots?

    SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT and if we just simply start with this, we are bringing a form of honesty to the table so that this topic is up for discussion.

    How many of us are interested in knowing the ins and outs of pot, weed or the other plethora of names given to this mind altering substance?

  33. An article in The Week magazine, 19th August 2017, talks about cannabis being linked to hypertension.

    Cannabis smokers are three times more likely to die from high blood pressure than those who have never used the drug, researchers have found.

    The risk also grows with every year of use according to the scientists from the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.

    The findings published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, suggested no association between marijuana and dying from heart and cerebrovascular disease, such as strokes. But the link with hypertension deaths could influence the debate over the legalisation of marijuana in the US and elsewhere.

    One of the co-authors of the study said: “If marijuana use is implicated in cardiovascular diseases and deaths, it rests on the health community and policy makers to protect the public”.

    This article is looking at the number of States in the US and the other countries that are following the trend with the legalisation of marijuana, it seems that the message about the harmful effects of this drug is being ignored even though some of the effects of cannabis on blood pressure are well understood and documented and the studies describing positive effects are limited and the fact that findings from animal studies don’t always neatly transfer to human subjects.

    There has also been a lot of exposure on the amounts of money that Governments will receive through the taxation from the legalisation of marijuana.

    If marijuana has a proven record of being harmful to the human body, and governments are still going ahead with legalising it, is it possible that money is the motivating factor here?

    Is it possible that, if there is any doubt whatsoever about the health implications of this drug, or any other drug for that matter, then to legalise it would be very irresponsible?

  34. It looks like marijuana is becoming even more mainstream.

    There are now marijuana strains to match TV shows. The strains have been specifically created to alter the physical and mental state of the person taking them, depending on the mood that would most complement the show. E.g. more laughter inducing for a comedy, emotion inducing for a drama or hallucinogenic for a fantasy.

    With all the side effects of marijuana, why is it becoming so mainstream? Why are well known companies getting in on the action?

    Why are we not questioning this more?

    1. You make some really valid points here Jennifer, the use of marijuana and other derivatives from the hemp plant have become far too normal and acceptable.

      I recently stepped into a health food store and saw that they were selling cannabis oil. This is a shop that I have been going to for 10+years and was quite surprised as I know the owners.

      On my next visit I asked the owner why they were selling it and she said as it is really good and it is not the same as the marijuana that sends people crazy as it is a different part of the hemp plant. She said that she had tried it and it had helped her to sleep.

      My question is and was to her – How can a plant produce something extremely harming like marijuana but the rest of it be OK?

      CBD – cannabidiol is the part of the hemp plant heralded to have the amazing healing properties in cannabis oil.

      I have read literature about cannabis oil and many people are talking about pain going away after taking the oil or back problems improving. It’s popular because it’s legal but at one time many drugs that are now illegal were legal.

      I am dubious of any true healing effects of cannabis oil.

      Anything that does not get to the root cause of any issue is harmful in my view and has nothing to do with health, healing, wellness or well-being.

      There is no true healing in anything that takes away pain without the patient understanding fully why that pain has come about in the first place.

  35. I was talking to an ex-heavy smoker of marijuana and she was sharing how it often begins.

    So you are in a group; someone passes round a joint. Everyone is watching – you smoke it. You hang out with this group a fair bit. You smoke what is passed around. After a while, you feel bad you are not contributing and passing around your own.

    So you buy some.

    You learn to roll your own.

    You pass it around.

    Now you have it at home so you also smoke on your own.

    People come over to your house and you pass yours around.

    The cycle begins again…

  36. Due to the demand for medical marijuana, we now have universities issuing degrees in Marijuana!

    What is going on?

    Have we well and truly lost the plot?

    How can a degree in Marijuana be of any use to mankind?

    If I am not mistaken degrees are advanced level studies which enable people to be experts in subject matters particularly for employment and career purposes?

    What are the career prospects of someone who has a degree in Marijuana?

    Will we now have legal dealers?

    How does this evolve humanity?

    How does an illicit substance become a legal one just because we say so?

    Should we be asking more questions about ‘medical marijuana’ and why the demand for this is there?

    Marijuana for ‘medical’ use is often used to numb pain.

    Are we asking why we are so ill and in so much pain that we will do anything and take anything to numb it?

    Are more questions needed like asking what type of pain it is we are choosing to numb?

    Is it simply physical or is it possible that there is a deeper emotional pain that needs to be addressed?

    Could it be possible that the complete denial of the root cause of any issue and the choice to bury emotional pain is behind all of this?

  37. Things have gone from bad to worse.

    A friend who keeps me informed on what is going on in the world, sent me an article yesterday on the new ‘it’ beauty product – cannabidiol (CBD).

    Have we Lost the Plot?

    CBD is being put into beauty products that hydrate skin, relieve swollen spots and reduce under eye bags.

    There is also research being carried out into the use of cannabis in dermatology treatment.

    Cannabis is even being used as a fragrance in some products and is used in lip balms and in fibre papers for blotting oily skin, papers that can also be used for rolling cannabis joints.

    We get the picture – so no longer are people just smoking cannabis or eating cakes but there is such a craving for it that we are prepared to have it seep through our pores into our precious bodies under the guise of beauty treatments.

    Where is this going to go to next and have we lost the plot?

    Could it be possible that there is something seriously wrong with the way that we are living that leads us to crave and seek cannabis in anyway possible?

    Surely this is not a healthy and eau natural way to live.

    I will continue to speak up about cannabis and any other harmfull but yet acceptable products in the world as we all deserve to know the Truth about what is really harming us.

  38. Dr Max – 3rd June 2017

    Reports that the link between cannabis and psychosis is well established.

    He also says that research is emerging that in some people, the use of cannabis can shrink the orbitofrontal cortex in the brain. One of the orbitofrontal’s responsibility’s is empathy.

    This shrinkage can have a very damaging affect in social interactions.

    Max shares how he has received backlash from people who are pro-cannabis, in response to a previous article he had written about the detrimental effect cannabis use can have in one’s interactions with others.

    Most of the messages he received were from people aggressively stating that cannabis does not make people aggressive: Max points out the irony.
    A friend of his was even contacted and threatened.

    I have worked in a sector for the last 13 years where most of the client group smoke cannabis. I have seen first hand how aggressive people can become when using it.

    The difficulty I have found is that there is often no awareness of the connection between the aggression and cannabis use that it can be very difficult to speak with them about it, as they have no insight.

    Max concludes the article by saying the following:

    ‘A study published earlier this year by an eminent professor of psychiatry looked at cannabis use and violence in the U.S. and found that the drug was the single most common variable in violent crimes.

    The paper concluded: ‘Greater marijuana accessibility, resulting in more use, will lead to increased health risks in all demographic categories across the U.S…’

    Cannabis is very harmfull, no matter how we may try to dress it up.

  39. Now that marijuana is legal in so many states in the US, I have been reading about how companies are putting it into coffee, particularly in to ‘cold brew’ coffee.

    So people can now discreetly drink their marijuana.

    And the experience is a very ‘normal’ coffee-type experience, rather than a drug or smoking-type experience.

    You can balance the ‘hit’ of coffee and the ‘taking the edge off’ of marijuana.

    For how long will we continue to push the limits of experimentation and indulgence?
    It seems the products will keep pace with us, either way.

  40. I recently read a news article that stated that in one country people can smoke cannabis if they are of a certain religion. In this particular case a man was let off after being found with a couple of ounces of cannabis. He claimed that it was a sacred herb used for meditation.

    So what happens – does a harmfull substance suddenly become un-harming because it is being used for religious purposes?

    Do we believe that it suddenly becomes sacrosanct?

    If this is the case this is a great illusion. Cannabis is harming whether it is used for ‘religious’ reasons or not and so I have to ask – what kind of religion and connection with God would allow the use of a harmfull substance?

    Is it possible that we are being lied to here?

  41. I read in a magazine recently that a very high profile businessman and celebrity has urged Kiwi farmers to swap dairy farming for cannabis cultivation.

    “You should legalise it, grow it, tax it and regulate it”, he said.

    Is it truly responsible for anyone to condone the use of a proven harmful drug?

    Whether we have a high profile businessman or your average Joe on the street, how is it possible that something like this can be justified?

    For me personally, I don’t eat dairy because of the health implications and the harm it does to my body and so I cannot say that farming dairy is better than farming cannabis as any product that causes ill to the human body is poisonous.

    Marijuana is a drug, a proven harmful drug that alters our natural state.

    If we are not ourselves, the potential for us to do things we wouldn’t normally do is very high.

    Where is the responsibility in this?

  42. Thank you for this outstanding blog.

    Years ago, I spent a lot of time with a friend who had a need to smoke marijuana absolutely every evening to relax, decompress, chill out.

    This old friend of mine is a very responsible, practical and common sensible person in most areas of her life.

    She is successful in her career, has a beautiful home, has raised 3 daughters as a single mother. She is eminently capable and has dealt with tremendous challenges in life.

    We talked about her smoking habit a lot. It was always a matter of urgent concern because she had a long term degenerative eye condition which she was being treated for and she had been told by her doctors that illicit drugs did not mix with her eye medication.

    Yet, she continued to smoke marijuana. She couldn’t stop and addiction had a hold of her.

    I thought of this old friend as I read the blog. It occurred to me that, despite the fact that she was so responsible in so many ways, she hadn’t been able to stop smoking marijuana because the thoughts that propelled her to use the drug wouldn’t allow her to see a way of life that didn’t involve using marijuana every day.

  43. A news report tells us that ‘pot for pets’ is booming in the U.S., with a focus on managing dog anxiety and chronic pain.

    “Hundreds of thousands of animals” are being given cannabis products.

    Cannabis in human strength is poisonous for dogs so they are giving it to them in diluted form.

    The side effects are sleeping and needing to drink more water.

    Have we really studied this to the nth degree?

    We acknowledge that in certain strengths the drug is poisonous, but what if it is a toxin to the body in any strength? Have we considered that the excessive sleeping might be the dogs’ body’s way of processing the drug out of its system? Or that drinking more is the body’s way of trying to flush it?

    In one story, an owner shares that after one dose, “[the dog] hopped right down from her chair when I called her to go outside – usually I have to call several times and start pushing her off”, and the next day “she came over just to say hi and lick me on the leg. I almost cried; it’s been so long since she’s done that”.

    Are we truly prioritising what is needed for the dogs here or is the focus on what we want and how we want them to behave?

  44. I was walking towards the local train station yesterday afternoon and started coughing. The smell was not a cigarette as I know that smell. This was different and I thought surely, no one would be smoking a spliff so I caught up with the guy and yes it was Marijuana for sure.

    This is illegal in the UK and yet it seems to now be normal on the street. I have lost count how many times when I go walking I see small groups standing in the cold, having a joint and reading this blog it is super clear this drug is harmful and the long term effects are very damaging.

    Talking to a local business owner, they were saying how they can tell when someone is very ‘chilled and relaxed’ all the time and eyes look dazed, like they are not there, as it is always because they are taking pot. She knows of many and she said she can spot it easily now.

    What is clear now is that there is more use of this drug and we have not got to the root cause of WHY people take it in the first place. The biggest concern we should be all talking about is how young children are trying out this mind altering addictive substance.

    What is going on for a child in their life that they make a choice to use a drug to alter their natural state?

  45. Why is marijuana becoming legal in more places in the world?

    In California there is talk of how it will help their economy.
    New businesses are starting up everywhere. State and local governments are looking at ways to tax marijuana.
    Farmers have a new crop that pays so much better then growing broccoli.

    What will it take to start making decisions around people rather then money?

    How about thinking from our heart?

  46. I read a news article about a headteacher who has blasted parents for smoking marijuana directly outside of the school gates.

    With more and more teenagers smoking marijuana, what chance do they have of seeing that there is another way to live and that smoking marijuana is very harmful?

    We need real role models to reflect to our Youth what a truly healthy lifestyle is and this does not include smoking marijuana.

    I take my place in society seriously and even though I do not have children I do interact with children and teenagers through my family and at work.

    I am aware that how I behave gives a message to them as to what adulthood is about and so I have a choice to reflect harming behaviour or to be an inspiration. Our behaviour always has an effect.

  47. Thanks for reporting this Jacob.

    I was just reading today in The Week, Issue 1157 that this is the 6th USA state to legalise the sale of marijuana for recreational use.

    We need to be asking “What is going on?”

    I agree with you that 1 is too much.

    Our bodies are not designed to take in such a harmful substance, so why are we promoting it?

  48. I was recently talking to citizens of California and learned stuff important to share on this blog.

    In the USA there is the Federal then the State then the County and then the City.

    Sounds all very complicated as each have their own laws.

    The world knows that the State of California have made this drug Marijuana legal but that is not the full story. Some of us may not be aware that Federal Law is not in agreement and there is currently a battle about this.

    There are also different rules that apply to city and county so even more complications.

    Many people are either growing Marijuana, selling it or taking it – or all 3.
    It is a big business, but the side effects are clear as day.

    People can suffer from severe anxiety, depression but above all consistent scary nightmares.

    I wonder if those passing these laws have really sat down and thought about the big picture and the real effects of this mind altering substance?

    Is it this altered state that leaves a person with daily nightmares and a constant state of fear and unable to work?

    Is this law to legalise Marijuana going to help the economy if we have people unable to work because of the side effects?

    Have we looked at the real cost to society and have we stopped to interview and study these people who are not doing great after using Marijuana?

    Is there more that we the general public need to know and is this blog spelling it all out to us so that we are not left in any illusion about what Marijuana really is?

  49. Recreational marijuana has just been legalized in California and I have never seen anything take off with such wrecklace abandon…

    After decades of harassment of herbalists by the FDA and red tape around herbal medicines having to undergo the same lab testing and regulations as pharmaceuticals we have given the full green light to this mind altering drug despite all we know about it, as named in this truthful article (above).

    All over the cities of California we have:

    Bill boards along freeways and on public buses touting its safety & ‘medicinal’ qualities.
    Dispensaries equipped with smoking bars.
    Dispensaries dressed up like medical clinics.
    A great number of people who either grow, process, sell, distribute, eat, smoke or invest in it.

    Here are some of the products now containing THC that I have personally seen or had people tell me they use:

    Vaginal lubricant- touting more pleasure for the woman during intercourse.

    THC cream for sore muscles.

    THC bath salts- for muscle relaxation.

    THC infused honey in a syringe-style-dispenser.

    Endless “edibles” – foods containing THC

    “Cannabis Tincture” – but when I looked closely at the bottle it said “made with MCT oil & Full plant extract” but there was a little white sticker been placed over the word “FULL”…
    (My herbology education tells me that it has been processed to the point that it is at least partially synthetic and this white sticker was all the FDA has required to comply with the ‘truth in labeling act’).

    …So how often are people wanting to believe they are taking a ‘natural’ plant extract but are instead getting a synthetic version of it, In other words, a synthetic drug?

    Where has our discernment gone?

    Why are we so desperate for the kind of relief THC offers us?

    How are we living that leaves us needing to alter our mental state?

    What are we doing that leaves us needing to hush the discomforts of our body and/or mind?

  50. I have had several people in the last few months recommend cannabis oil as a health benefit for certain ailments and illnesses.
    Yet as someone who has experienced the unbalancing effects of cannabis from smoking and eating, I am therefore reluctant to believe such claims and suspicious of the articles/studies which advocate such health benefits.

    Eventually I looked online to see what information there is on the oil.
    It was then that I learned that this product is not illegal and is being sold in a popular high street health chain.
    The company say they are simply supplying the demand and plan to expand the product.
    Now who would have thought that!!

  51. I have noticed the smell of marijuana a lot over recent months.

    On the street. Walking past benches in busy parks. On the beach.

    This used to be a rare thing and hidden.

    It feels like we are becoming more permissive over its use.

    Is this one of those slippery slope moments where we look back later and wonder where it all started to go wrong?

    1. I agree with you Jenifer as I have noticed the same and a friend and I have discussed this many times.

      Having read your comment it has reminded me of a newspaper article that reported on a cannabis club where members openly smoke cannabis. The club has registered as a limited company and is making up to £3,000 a night.

      The club is said to be run by a man who has been convicted of drug dealing.

      Even though the club is registered as a limited company, the newspaper article states that they have not referred to cannabis in any of their registration paperwork.

      There is no buying and selling of drugs at the club, the money is made by the sale of refreshments and tickets for special events. Subscriptions for being a member of the club also brings in revenue.

      A Police and Crime Commissioner is said to have visited the club and has supported its presence, likening it to people going to pubs.

      This is a serious issue. We appear to have more and more smokescreen companies that trade on the outside as one thing and then inside they are actually operating a different kind of business.

      What make us think that we can get away with this underhand behaviour?

      Cannabis is an illegal substance in the UK which is deeply harming to our health.

      We have countless studies that have shared the harms and in truth, one need only observe a cannabis user for a day to see that they are not themselves and that the drug causes erratic behaviour.

      It is well worth reading this blog by Simple Living Global on cannabis to be reminded of the harms of cannabis use.

  52. Thank you for this brilliant blog.

    Just the other day, I was going through the junk folder on an email account and I spotted some spam mail which was an advert for Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil packaged as a sleeping aid for insomniacs and people with sleep issues.

    Frankly, I was shocked. I asked myself, how can a cannabis based product help people with sleep issues? To me, it feels like such a harmful way for those with sleep problems to medicate themselves.

    I then did a quick search on the web and saw that there are many people out there extolling the virtues of CBD Oil as an aid to sleep.

    Reading a few of these testimonials, it is my impression that many people are using CBD Oil to numb themselves and bury their issues and tensions deeper into their bodies. Also, the knockout effect CBD Oil clearly has is being mistakenly thought of by users as an improvement in the quality of their sleep.

  53. BBC news story about a driver who died with 5 others when he lost control at 100 mph, had Cannabis in his system.

    The driving limit on the road was 40 mph.

    Two of the passengers were thrown from the high powered vehicle and suffered fatal “catastrophic head injuries”.

    The only survivor denied drug dealing but admitted smoking drugs.
    However the Sergeant said “based on the movements of the vehicle, intelligence surrounding this vehicle and the occupants, it would be a reasonable grounds to suspect they were in the area, dealing drugs from that car.”

    Tests found the driver also had traces of cocaine and another substance in his system.

    We can take what we want from this tragic news story.
    The purpose of this comment is to confirm what this blog is spelling out to all of us.

    The human body is not in any way designed to take drugs, but we seem to have laws that set limits so somehow it is ok and we hope our rational sensible mind allows us to think clearly when we take the wheel.

    Could it be possible that with a mind-altering drug, we are simply not capable of any form of Responsibility?

    Could it be possible that once we have the drug in our system, our perception changes and so our choices are not natural and caring for self and others?

    Could it be possible that this is one case to hit the news because of 6 deaths and there maybe more smaller accidents that have gone under the radar and will not make big news?

    Could it be possible that when we take drugs of any kind, we are not considering the impact of our choices in that moment?

    Has anyone stopped long enough to consider the knock on effect – the real ripple effect left from one ill choice as in this story?

    The lives of all those connected with those who have died and what they must be going through?

    Would this story change anything for those who continue to use cannabis and drive?

    Do we need to make rubber tight all driving laws and bring total bans on alcohol and drugs?

    In other words, not have a legal limit because for some one unit could be all it takes.

    Are those who champion and agree it is ok to have safe limits when it comes to drugs, fooling themselves and using their power to influence others because it suits them?

    Is it time to have policymakers who walk the talk and live the life that is drug free?

    In other words, those who are completely and absolutely free of alcohol and drugs and have a track record of 10 years + with no substances on their radar.

    Would these people be those we vote in for the future, who can lead our world back and restore the harmony of who we truly are as a race of beings, so that we can truly evolve?

  54. BBC News – 14th June 2018

    Cannabis Addiction ‘Rising Among Women and Over 40’s’ – University of York study finds

    Although the number of people using cannabis is said to have decreased, in the past 10 years the number of women who have cited cannabis as their sole concern in treatment centres has doubled from 471 to 1008.

    Women often see cannabis as benign and it remains the most popular illegal recreational drug in the UK. As more people are growing cannabis domestically rather than importing this enables growers to make the potency stronger.

    Resin can now be almost three times the strength of drugs on the street in 2005.

    Ian Hamilton, University of York has likened the current strength equivalent of cannabis to that of someone going straight into drinking vodka.

    Some reasons have been given in the article as to why more women for example are using cannabis, like it is cheap, but is there more to this that we need to be looking at?

    Why are women and especially older women choosing to use cannabis?

    Is it possible that there is something going on for them in their lives that they are having difficulty dealing with that leads them to reach for this drug?

    Do we need to spend more time speaking to women about how they feel about themselves and their lives, so that we can get to the root of why we have this increase?

    Is it possible that we are not asking the questions needed to unearth the Truth as to WHY more women and those over 40 are smoking more cannabis?

  55. Medicinal cannabis is something that is very topical at the moment and due to the rise in use of cannabis and the difficulties that police are having with prosecuting people, the UK Government are considering relaxing the laws by allowing medicinal cannabis to become legal.

    Something is not right when a proven harmful substance can be used for ‘medicinal’ purposes.

    Is this really the answer?

    Has anyone considered what actually happens to the symptoms that are abated through taking cannabis, even for medicinal purposes?

    Do they truly go away and are they healed?

    Could it be possible that the symptoms are just buried and could this cause complications in the body later on that cannot be traced back to the use of cannabis?

    Are we insisting on quick fixes that can have detrimental consequences later on instead of really and truly getting to the root cause of why we have whatever ailments we have?

    Do we have a responsibility to be truly honest about what is going on in our lives so that we can get to the root cause or is that too confronting?

  56. A news story in CNBC today talks about a country as it marches towards recreational legalisation and how a company CEO is optimistic about marketing marijuana-based products to a broader audience.

    The bigwig feels confident that the focus needs to be on marijuana products and not cannabis as a commodity. By selling the primary ingredient, in a few years there will be too much produced but transforming it into beverages and sleep aids is the way to go.

    Marijuana in beverage form has attracted a lot of attention and major investment lately.
    There will soon be cannabis infused water sold around select locations in California.
    Having cannabis in beverages as a way to mood modify and socialise – make people more positive, uplifted and has a feeling of having a beer or glass of wine with zero calories.

    The sleep aid market it to target “middle aged” people with “a chronic something going on.”

    Dear World

    What is this saying?
    Are the tides turning?

    Are we really on the front foot coming up with new products, using a drug that has numerous scientific studies confirming the harm to humans?

    Before we point fingers and blame – where is the demand coming from?

    Are we in mid life – given up and in need of a quick solution to take the pain away that seems so ingrained?

    Are we ever going to stop and ask how our everyday lifestyle choices may be contributing to sleep issues that seem to be getting worse?

    How creative is our current form of intelligence that does not seem to take into account ALL aspects, all angles, all dimension of the spherical living human beings that we are?

    Can we be absolutely honest here and ask some serious questions –

    What is behind our need to use a mind altering substance and think it is ok?

    Does it suit us in some way to accept this drug because it supports our irresponsible choices?

    Are we seeking more of this type of drug as part of normal everyday living because it continues to feed our irresponsibility?

    Do we hate blogs and websites like this that are calling ALL of us to Responsibility?

    In other words, to not live at the mercy of what’s next but get on the front foot, take full Responsibility for all the choices we make, end the blame game and get on with it.

    Our world is currently is a bigger mess than ever before.

    Using drugs to treat the human frame is not and will never be the answer and deep down we ALL know this.

    No different to cigarettes – a century later we all agree it is killing us.

    Do we need to wait for more studies and more research or is it wise to use our common sense, re-read this blog and all others on this website, get informed and then make the choices?

  57. An article in the Evening Standard, 19th June 2018, says: “We won’t review case for making cannabis legal, Javid tells Hague.”

    The Home Secretary today defended the law banning cannabis for recreational use despite calls from the ex-Tory party leader to legalise the drug.

    Lord Hague said today the war on marijuana has been “comprehensively lost” and the Government should be “as bold” as Canadian MP’s who last night voted in favour of legalisation.

    A source close to Home Secretary said: “The current law is right. There is no suggestion that the Government will review its classification for recreational use.”

    In a Home Office blog, it says: “The Home Office is clear that there is strong scientific and medical evidence that cannabis is a harmful drug which can be detrimental to people’s mental and physical health. The Government has no intention of reviewing the classification of cannabis…and the penalties for the illicit possession, cultivation and trafficking of cannabis will remain the same.”

    Lord Hague said that Canada’s push for a regulated market for recreational use involves stores selling cannabis with limited strength. Expected benefits include reduced harm for addicted users, a major reduction in the black market and less pressure on the police and courts.

    Do we live in a weird world, or what?

    Here we have so called intelligent people advocating the use of a well recognised, scientifically proven harmful substance.

    Let’s look at the ‘expected benefits’ of this lower strength cannabis:

    They say it is reduced harm for addicted users…Does this not infer that cannabis IS harmful and if it is harmful, do we really need to look any further?

    They say there will be a major reduction in the black market…Surely there will still be a black market for those that want stronger grades of cannabis and is it possible that that may create even more demand in the black market?

    They say there will be less pressure on the police and the courts…Is it possible that the above will create more pressure on the police and the courts?

    Cannabis in all of its forms and derivatives is very harmful to the human body and at the very least, like any other drug, it takes us away from our natural state.

    Is it possible that any country that wants to legalise cannabis is doing so because of the predicted revenue income?

    We have to ask, when those in authority start to champion something that is harmful to a person’s way of life, are they championing it for others, for that so called ‘good cause’, or are they championing it for themselves?

  58. Young People Now ‘See Cannabis as Safer than Alcohol’ – BBC News – 19 June 2018

    This article has a couple of young people speaking of their experiences of using cannabis.

    One said –

    “For me having cannabis in the evening is the equivalent to having a glass of wine on a Friday night.”

    She goes on to say that the education system is struggling to keep up with the drugs trends and that a message of: “Just Say No” does not prepare youngsters for the realities of a society where drugs are widely available.

    You’re told your whole life, ‘These drugs are bad for you and they could kill you,’ and then when you do these drugs and your fine and having fun, you reflect on your education and think that maybe everything that you have been told is wrong”

    In the 80’s in the England there was a big campaign about drugs and there was a song that went with it also that said “Just Say No”. So I remember the message clearly. What this young lady is saying is important as it tells me that we have not changed our approach to drugs education and are simply stating that drugs are bad for you, don’t do it and that’s that.

    But what if, like this blog and all of the other articles on this website by Simple Living Global, we actually spell out what the harms are and what they are doing to the human body?

    Would that leave room for our young people to make informed choices, knowing the facts?

    Another young man in the article says that smoking cannabis may have had a detrimental effect on his exam grades and general achievement.
    “I’ve done great. But maybe I could have done better? That’s the conflict I have daily with smoking weed” he says.

    “It’s lovely in the moment. But then the guilt kicks in an hour later. And it’s costly. And it makes me lazy, sometimes.”

    Statistics show that secondary school children in England are more likely to have tried drugs than cigarettes.
    NHS Digital (November 2017)

    12,051 pupils in 177 schools were interviewed with 24% of 11 – 15 year old saying that they have tried recreational drugs at least once. This is a 9% increase from 2014 survey

    Lord Hague who has recently been asking the Government to legalise cannabis says:
    “Surveys of young people attest that they find it easier to purchase cannabis than virtually anything else including fast food, cigarettes and alcohol”

    So how can cannabis be accessed so easily –

    “You walk out of work or the shopping centre and there are people who sell weed and they’ll have no issue approaching you” one young man says.

    He also adds –

    “It’s much more normalised now. People think of it as teenagers on the street corner – but it goes far beyond that…There are mothers out there smoking it. There are grandparents, police officers, teachers.”

    This one article alone is letting us know that this is a widespread issue hitting people from all walks of life.

    Have we looked in depth at the lives of cannabis users to establish whether there are any common dominators as to why they are using it, or have we focused all of our resources on the legalise, don’t legalise debate?

    As I have said before – to legalise or not legalise is not really the issue but what if the important question we need to be asking is – WHY has the use of cannabis gone up so much?

    Could it be possible that the drug is giving us something that makes us feel that we can escape from the responsibilities of everyday life?

    Are we prepared to find out what the real costs of using cannabis are?

  59. The big debate is on regarding medicinal cannabis in the UK.

    I read a newspaper article just recently in The Times – 20th June 2018 which said the following:

    ‘Campaigners believe that up to a million use it to alleviate the symptoms of illness from multiple sclerosis (MS) to cancer.
    The MS Society has said that one in five sufferers take cannabis, meaning that up to 10,000 people are having to break the law…
    YouGov poll (May 2018) – 75 per cent of the public said they backed cannabis on prescription, with 12% opposed.’

    It is one thing reading about things in the news but to have real life encounters and discussions, I feel brings any subject matter even closer to home.

    Today I was in a health food store paying for some items and there were a couple of people around the till talking with the cashier about products.

    I looked up and saw the CBD oil or capsules that has now become popular. The people around the till were discussing how there is no THC in this and stated that the THC is the stuff that makes you high.

    I asked what them what the CBD oil is supposed to do and one of the men said assist with inflammation and started imparting information about how good it was.

    I stopped him and stated that I had no intention to purchase this. I posed that we need to start questioning what will be the long term effects of taking this product.

    The gentleman responded that it has been very successful in treating those with MS and if someone has MS they don’t care about what may or may not happen to them 20 years down the line.

    I suggested that we need to start asking why we get any disease in the first place and not consistently look for band-aids.

    He replied that food was the reason why we get sick.

    We have a plethora of reasons why we get sick to blaming the microwave, the sun rays, our cat and dog and our food.

    But what if none of this is true?

    What if any illness is trying to tell us something about our human frame and how we are living?

    What if taking things like CBD oil end up masking what we really need to learn from any illness?

    What if we are stopping our own evolution by continually looking for the next ‘medicinal’ treatment?

  60. Cannabis Legislation Around the World

    The Telegraph – 19th June 2018

    As mentioned previously in the comments above, the debate on the use of cannabis in the UK is rife and not just medicinal cannabis.

    This article in The Telegraph gives us a snapshot of how countries around the world are dealing with cannabis.


    2013 – first country to legalise recreational use of cannabis
    This was a way to combat drug-related organised crime and health issues.

    Legal cannabis is now carefully controlled by a small number of chemists who distribute what is said to be ‘an affordable high quality product’. It is also said that it provides an ‘excellent high’.

    Banks fear handling money from cannabis-related accounts as it is largely illegal across the world.


    2010 – decriminalisation for possession of most drugs as long as the amount does not exceed a ten day personal supply.

    One of the countries to have the world’s lowest use of Spice and other former legal highs.

    Drug overdose deaths very low.


    1990’s – decriminalised and cannabis can be grown on private property for use in personal space.

    Non-profit cannabis clubs are popular means of growing and smoking cannabis.

    Catalonia – limited programme introduced to allow prescriptions of Sativex to people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and cancer. Sativex is a mouth spray used to treat various conditions including pain and bladder control problems. It is the only cannabis-based medicine licensed for prescription in the UK.

    No medical cannabis programmes exist elsewhere in Spain.


    2012 – decriminalisation of personal supplies of cannabis – flat fine of 100 Swiss Francs for possession.
    Some regions began to allow the cultivation and use of cannabis.

    2017 – Fine system has almost stopped as the courts ruled the law had been administered incorrectly. Regional police are now stopping prosecuting people for possession of small quantities of cannabis.


    1996 – California first state to make medicinal cannabis legal.
    It is now legal in 29 states.

    State rulings different to Federal law.

    2014 – States that have legalised medicinal cannabis have protection from Federal law as an amendment prevented the US Justice Department from spending money on interfering with state medicinal cannabis laws.

    2018 – 8 states have made recreational cannabis legal: Maine, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Alaska.

    Netherlands (Holland)

    1953 – decriminalised for personal use

    1976 – cannabis available in coffee shops and possession of up to 5 grams for personal use was decriminalised.

    Five varieties of medicinal cannabis available through pharmacies and regulated by the Office for Medicinal Cannabis.


    2016 – medicinal cannabis became available by special approval.

    2017 – Norwegian parliament announced that cannabis would be decriminalised for personal use. However those caught with up to 15 grams (the amount fOR personal use) will receive a fine.
    One kilo or more = serious jail sentence.

    Medical treatment also to be provided to users rather than fines and prison sentences.


    Cannabis is illegal and has no recognised medicinal use.


    1999 – access granted to legal medicinal cannabis

    Licensed producers are allowed to grow, manufacture and sell cannabis products for medicinal use. Individuals can also grow cannabis for medicinal purposes.

    200,000+ Canadians are registered as users of medicinal cannabis.

    C$1 billion (£570 million) medicinal cannabis projected to exceed.

    2018 – law will come into effect which legalises recreational cannabis. The sale of cannabis will be taxed and annual sales are estimated to be C$4 billion (£2.29 billion).


    2013 – Limited prescriptions for medical cannabis derivatives available but can only be prescribed once all other medicines have failed.

    Legal loophole allowed THC free strains of cannabis to be sold in shops.

    18th June 2018 – French Government decided to crackdown on this after queues forming outside recently set up shops.

    France said to be one of the countries in Western Europe who have the strictest laws on cannabis

    Reading all of the above one is left confused and without any clarity about the real harms of cannabis based on legislation – some countries say yes to medicinal cannabis, some say no, some say yes to both medicinal and recreational cannabis. Some limit how much medicinal cannabis is prescribed and some do not.

    What message does this give out?

    Why do we have this dichotomy across the globe of the different ways that we are dealing with cannabis?

    Why are all countries not working together and in the same way to address this issue?

    What if by having this divide of different ways of classing cannabis, we are delaying getting to the root cause of why we have this drug problem in the first place?

    We do have to ask – why is this drug so popular and why at this time?

    Something is clearly not right.

    1. This comment is like an update to this blog. It expands on what is being presented thus far.
      I agree with you Shevon that SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT

      We as a world need to unite on what cannabis is really doing to the human body.
      Until we all agree – we cannot get to a one unified Truth.

      What I find interesting in this comment is that if it was totally and absolutely ok – why are some countries putting limits on the consumption amount?

      If it is doing no harm then we need studies to confirm this but as we know, this is not the case.

      It is high time we got honest and started speaking to people like me, who have first hand experience with people who use cannabis and are addicted.

      The effects on the mind and body are enough for me to write 3 books but that is not the point here.

      These people are suffering and they know beyond doubt that cannabis is not good for them but something inside their mind takes over and they go for it again and again and they just don’t know how to break the cycle.

      For some they see it as a ‘chill out’ relax time after work and it makes them have less alcohol, as the pot does the job and helps them forget what they don’t want to deal with.

      If we are being honest, could we agree that something is not right.

      ADD to that news reports of cannabis whilst driving causing accidents and we get the confirmation that something is altered in our internal physiology when we consume this drug.

      So why do we have lobbying and championing going on when we do know the Truth?

      Would it be more honest to say we are seeking the currency of irresponsibility and our drug of choice is cannabis?

      In other words, we don’t like stuff in our life and we are not going to take Responsibility and deal with it and so we find a substance that takes it away and buries it further down as in Truth, it never goes away.

      The other question we do need to ask at the world AGM for humanity is WHY are kids now taking cannabis?

      Ask me and I will show you real harm where taking it from age 11 has led to serious mental health and I doubt this young man will ever work or be able to contribute to society, as he is on many drugs just to keep his mental ill health stable.

  61. An article in The Times, 20th June 2018, says, ‘Canada to reap $400m marijuana tax’.

    Canada will become the first G7 nation to legalise recreational marijuana which will provide tax windfall of C$400m for the government from a multibillion market.

    The law is due to change in September after the Canadian prime minister said: “A ban was not preventing young people from having easy access to cannabis and that a regulated market would better protect communities and children”.

    In the US, recreational use is legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. Evidence suggest that legalisation has had little impact on the overall use of cannabis. A survey of 16-17 year olds in Washington State, after legalisation, found that the same proportion – 17% – had smoked marijuana in the previous month.

    A joint study between Harvard University and the US consumer protection watchdog found that although there was a link to higher amounts of petty crime such as shoplifting, legalising marijuana may have reduced the abuse of harder narcotics such as cocaine and heroin. Another report from Colorado State University found that the rate of fatal opioid overdoses was 25 per cent lower in marijuana-legal states.

    A study in Pueblo county, Colorado, found that legalisation had contributed $58 million annually to the local economy with about $23 million in costs.

    It has also been attempted to show that there is a saving in terms of reduced prosecutions. In 2010 it was estimated that complete legalisation could save the US justice system $8.7 billion a year.

    This estimate has since been questioned. An analyst at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau said: “In states that have already legalised cannabis, arrests have dropped significantly, but overall law enforcement spending has remained pretty constant. This suggests that police departments may be shifting their resources to fighting other crime”.

    Marijuana is a proven harmful drug that alters our natural state.

    Why do we think that by legalising a product that up till now has been illegal, that it will suddenly solve all the problems associated with the use of marijuana?

    They say that legalising marijuana has decreased the fatal opioid overdoses by 25 per cent but does that then mean the use of marijuana has now increased?

    Is it possible that, by the legalisation of this potent drug, people that have never thought about taking marijuana before, who now see it is legal and therefore assume it can’t be that bad, will start taking it?

    And if they do, is it possible that this then could lead them onto harder drugs such as cocaine or heroin?

    There of course will be those of us with cynical minds thinking that this is just a money making exercise and that everything will now be rosy, but is it possible that those in authority have made this decision because they are the ones who need this drug?

    What is interesting is that a Canadian senior official has declared that they have smoked a joint ‘5 or 6 times.

  62. Independent – 15th July 2018

    Public Backs Legislation of Cannabis so it Can be Sold Like Cigarettes and Alcohol, Poll Reveals
    (BMG Research)

    51% of people are in support of cannabis being legalised in UK.

    52% of people support the decriminalisation of cannabis. This means that cannabis would not be available for sale on the market like cigarettes and alcohol, but there would be no prosecution for possession.

    The UK cannabis market is said to be dominated by high potency skunk.
    Study by Kings College London looked at 1,000 police seizures of cannabis.

    94% were high potency skunk, also known as sensemilla. Concerns have been raised that the proliferation of strong cannabis poses a significant risk to users’ mental health.

    One expert says that the market has been dominated by this strong ‘weed’ for the last decade.

    Durham police chief – Mike Barton has said
    “The status quo is not tenable. It’s getting worse. Drugs are getting cheaper, stronger and more readily available and dangerous…”

    A major research study has found that there is a 41% increase in a person’s risk of developing psychosis if they have ever used cannabis.

    Reading this article a few questions arise –

    Is it just ‘strong’ weed that is affecting users’ health?

    Are we relying just on the pieces of research that tell us this without observing for ourselves what is happening to those that are not using the ‘strong’ stuff?

    Why are we not questioning why drugs are getting cheaper, stronger, more readily available and dangerous?

    In light of all of the debate on cannabis for medicinal purposes the UK government are carrying out an investigation to find out whether there are significant medical benefits to the use of cannabis and if this is proven cannabis will be re-classified. It is currently a Class B drug which means imprisonment for up to 5 years for possession.

    I know that with any research if there is any bias it is very easy to find what we are looking for and so how truly objective will this research be and do we need it?

    Surely there is enough evidence staring us in the face to tell us that it is harmfull.

    Is there some kind of vested interest in making cannabis more accessible to people and if so why?

    1. Thank you Shevon for expanding this blog by sharing a news story that brings us up to date with what is going on in the world of cannabis.

      If we just listen to a police chief who obviously sees it all on the front line – “drugs are getting cheaper, stronger and more readily available and dangerous”


      We need to get together all those who have first hand experience working inside the police, prison, social care who are NOT taking any form of mind altering substances including legal poisons like Tobacco and Alcohol. That means they do not have the vibration of drugs on their radar.

      These people who have observed through their work and lived experience – get them talking about what is going on and what they know.

      Then we put the facts together, present this blog and all its comments to educate everyone using every platform we have from street talk, to communities having presentations, in schools everywhere, internet and beyond. Let the media report without any bias – just lay the facts down and see where it goes.

      Go to every single town we have in our country with a booklet taken from this blog called The Real Truth about Marijuana.

      Then and only then can we ask the public is this drug or any drug safe if we are to be honest.

      What we all know is something is not working and our solutions are not cutting it.

      Simple Living Global is on the front foot when it comes to delivering cutting edge well researched articles like this outstanding and monumental blog.

      They have no intention of stopping and have much more to deliver by way of presenting what the public need to be aware of so they can make up their own mind instead of not knowing the whole truth.

      There are currently very few websites in our world dedicated to bringing the Truth to humanity without wanting any return – in other words looking for traffic, more business or more of anything.

      1. What a superb comment Simple Living Global.

        Imagine that – what if we put all of the wisdom together from all of the people who have no legal or illegal substances in their body, plus all of the facts and questions presented throughout this website AND ALL OF THE COMMENTS where would we be, what would we have?

        Is it possible that we would see a way out of this mess?

        Is it possible that when we do not have any poisonous substances in our body we are able to see clearly what is going on around us and what is needed?

        Is it possible that we are then able to understand our own behavioural addictions and then seek to change them?

        What if there is another way to live and that what we have accepted thus far as human life is not it?


    Science Magazine – 30 July 2018

    A university in California has been awarded $9 million to determine the long-term impact of cannabis exposure on the adolescent brain. The money is coming from NIDA – The National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the NIH – National Institutes of Health.

    “Studies suggest that adolescents who are exposed to cannabis are at risk for development of various neuropsychiatric disorders later in life, but there is much research still needed.

    It is especially important to understand at what times in life and at what dosages cannabis may become dangerous, and to develop preventative and therapeutic strategies to manage this risk.”

    Dear World

    If we just read the facts presented in this simple blog by Simple Living Global – could there be another way?

    What if 9 million dollars was used to educate from early age with the information this blog is presenting, so our kids know the harm when any mind-altering substance is ingested?

    Are our researchers telling us something that our common sense already knows?

    Can we look at all those who have been doing pot in their youth and interview them now and look at how well they are doing in life?

    Can we as a world come to a one-unified truth when it comes to what ‘doing well in life’ is and not have different versions?

    Is it time to use the public purse not to confirm what we know but get to the ROOT CAUSE of why any child, adolescent or young person gets on the cannabis road which for most is a strong addiction?

    Is it time to truly look at our policymakers and government institutions and find out what their addictions are in life so we know if they are substance free?

    In other words we want transparency so we the public know if there is any bias when decisions are being made that affect us on a big scale.

    What if those who are totally free of using any form of drugs, have something to say about cannabis?

    What we do know is that we spend millions on research but negate real life on the street evidence that can give us the answers right now.

    It seems that we value and champion science and all this hard evidence but forget that real life is where it is all happening.

    If we interview those who have lived experience of taking cannabis since their teens and observe the quality in how they live now as young adults, we could learn a lot at very little cost.

    As the author of this blog and website, I can talk from lived experience.
    Using pot since the age of 11 has left this adolescent on anti-psychotic medication indefinitely and the inability to function and engage in life. Building relationships is not possible and he lives with mental health issues that he says are a direct result of taking cannabis.

    There are many many more but this highlights one thing – SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT

    Maybe it is time for us to all consider another way of how we get to knock out the cannabis epidemic that has become as normal as smoking cigarettes in our world.

  64. The Guardian – 8 September 2018

    A famous multi billionaire in our world on a live web show smoking pot because he can, as his country has legalised Marijuana.

    He says that he is not a regular smoker of weed because it is not good for productivity.

    The question here is what sort of message are we putting out to the world?

    The photo clearly looks like someone who is not looking anything like himself and is this the confirmation we need to say Cannabis/Marijuana/Weed/Pot – (all the same) alters our natural state?

    So how will people interpret this message about smoking pot?
    Many want to be millionaires and a multi billionaire tells us that is epic proportions that most of us could not even fathom.

    Why would someone with such a vast amount of wealth and fame need a drug that is harmfull?

    If it was amazing, healing and powerful, in a good way, then why would it not be good for productivity?

    Can we agree that something is telling us – this is not all adding up.

    Could it be possible that the real harm is that this message reaches more people, as the medium is a live show which of course has an audience?

    People who want to get rich may consider smoking as their role model is doing so.

    Is it possible we hear what we want to hear and see what we want to see?

    In other words, we will not hear about the bit that says weed is not good for productivity and we will not see the person looking aweful in the photo because it suits us and we do not want the absolute Truth.

    Possible ?

  65. A very topical issue at the moment – the legalisation of cannabis for both medicinal and recreational use. Here are a few articles that I have come across on the money making potential of this burgeoning market –

    CNBC – 27 September 2018

    Marijuana stocks have risen following the reclassification of a cannabis-based drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), to its least restrictive category.

    Daily Mail – 25 August 2018

    Headline: Can Marijuana Offer a Smoking Return?

    This article gives some insight into the scale of the business across 3 countries –


    2.1 tonnes – the amount of cannabis shipped abroad in a year from the UK, the world’s largest marijuana exporter

    3.6 million – the estimated number of active cannabis users

    £5.4 BILLION – the estimated size of the UK cannabis black market


    The only G7 country to legalise cannabis both medically and recreationally.
    The market is read as being bigger than the market for wine.

    2001 – the year Canada legalised cannabis for medicinal use

    17 October 2018 – the date it will legalise recreational cannabis use

    £5 billion – the estimated size of the demand for cannabis (both illicit and medical) in 2018


    More is spent on recreational cannabis than ice-cream

    So why is the marijuana-cannabis industry such big business?

    What is this drug giving us consumers as to why the demand is so high and is coming from people in all walks of life?

    In reading this detailed article by Simple Living Global on Marijuana and this one on Drugs – do they give us an insight into the deeper issues that humanity are struggling with?

    We can continue to profit from the use of this drug – but the question arises – what will be the long term effects – not just financially, but physically and psychologically from using this substance?

    Is it possible that there may be more harm, than true good being done from this current upscale trend in cannabis use and if so, what will be the real ill effects be?

  66. An article in the Daily Mail, 6th October 2018, talks about how serious mental health issues as a result of cannabis use are well established.

    It goes on to say that many of the staff working in mental health and drug addiction have long worried about other effects they have observed in patients.

    A new study from the University of Montreal has shown the damage cannabis can inflict on teenage brains. The drug appears to have a direct affect on the pre-frontal cortex, shrinking a part of the brain involved in memory, mental processing, decision making and, crucially, empathy.

    This will have an obvious effect on the users ability to engage with other’s emotional responses.

    Some scientists have likened the brains of cannabis users and ‘autistic’ brains in this respect.

    Of course, this type of research is routinely dismissed by the pro-cannabis lobby groups, which seek to legalise this harmful drug.

    Many people will say that cannabis is a drug that chills people out and makes them amiable but like alcohol, it may relax some, but in others, it makes them aggressive.

    It seems there is more and more evidence coming out that shows cannabis to be a very harmful drug and it seems this evidence just pushes the pro-lobby groups into further denying the harmful effects even more.

    Of course, drugs like alcohol, will always affect us in different ways, but whether we get chilled out or become raging animals, there is one immutable fact – drugs, like alcohol, alter our natural state of being and when that happens, it is not us that are doing the things we do.

  67. More on Cannabis –

    The Telegraph – 18 September 2018

    South Africa’s Top Court Legalises Personal Cannabis Use

    The top court in South Africa has decided that private, personal cannabis use is legal.

    This decision was made in what is called a landmark case.

    The verdict has been described as unanimous.
    This means that those who made the decision were fully in agreement.

    The judge is said to have declared the banning of marijuana in private for adults as “unconstitutional and therefore invalid”.

    There were cheers from the public gallery as the verdict was read out.

    In addition, the court ordered parliament to draft new laws within 24 months to reflect the order.

    Outside the court, pro-cannabis campaigners were said to have lit pipes and rolled joints to celebrate the news.

    One person is quoted as saying: “Now we can get police to focus on real drugs and thugs”.

    Are we truly evolving?

    I have seen first hand the harm that the use of cannabis can do to a person’s mental, physical and emotional states. I have also witnessed that of all the drug users I have spoken with, cannabis users are the hardest to penetrate. In my experience, it is very difficult to speak with a cannabis user about their use of the drug and the potential harms. It has often felt like a brick wall and it has led me to question – what is it about this drug that makes us so protective of it?

    I have witnessed people be unproductive at work and less able to have meaningful relationships with others if it does not involve cannabis; with a reduced ability to communicate and relate to others, so I question why we would be promoting this?

    Is it really worth it and if we are honest what quality of life is this drug providing for any human being?

    Why has cannabis become so popular, to the point that globally on different levels it is being legalised?

    For top courts to be making these decisions is it showing us that this is what the masses want?

    Is it that we want the unproductiveness at work and poor relationships and so we seek a drug that will lead us to behave in this way?

    I remember speaking with someone once, who said that it was only when he tried giving up cannabis that he realised that he was addicted. Up until that point (and he had been smoking it for decades) he said he was not aware.

    The ever increasing legalisation of cannabis is concerning – what if this article by Simple Living Global is presenting the real facts for anyone that is wanting the real truth about cannabis?

    As one reader I say – thank God it is here online, as we have nothing else giving us a reality check in this area.

  68. Metro News – 30 October 2018

    A vulnerable teenager was driven to a forest and raped by a gang.

    The prosecutor said she was given cannabis and was ‘high as a kite’ during the attack.

    Does this in itself tell us that cannabis is a drug that alters our natural state to the point that we not aware of what is going on in our body that is grossly harmfull – in this case gang rape?

    To give a young teenager this substance would have devastating effects, as the mind and body are still in developmental stage.

    We are hearing more and more stories of young children and young people using cannabis and with countries now legalising this drug, we can only assume things will get worse.

    Whilst there is an age limit for recreational use, could it be possible that as with most drugs those who want it, will find it and take it?

    Could it be possible that if we make the drug widely available and a ‘cool thing to do’ some youngsters will be trying it, in particular if they have siblings or parents smoking pot like it is a normal thing to do?

    Back to the story – we can be sure that cannabis is strong and potent as it allows the body to block the pain of gang rape. Sounds a bit simple but could this actually be true?

  69. On a train today in a busy carriage.

    2 men were playing loud music and rolling a joint.

    The smell of the marijuana was strong. The joint was huge.

    They were doing this in plain sight. Seemingly keen to draw attention to themselves. Confident no one would challenge them.

    It struck me how the act of rolling a joint still feels illicit.

    There is still something about it that we know is ‘off’. It may happen more out in the open, but it is something that people going about their daily lives do not often come across or think about.

    You could feel the discomfort in the carriage, but it was clear no one knew what to do about it, other than ignore it and pretend it was not happening.

    It feels like this is a big part of why we end up with problems in society – feeling uncomfortable, but politely letting things pass by.

  70. Cannabidiol (CBD) infused products are the latest trends with the shift moving away from supplements to food and drink.

    CBD infused sparkling water, empanadas (Spanish/Latin pastry), pizzas, cookies, lattes, chocolates the list goes on.

    Everyday there seems to be new products.

    Whilst CBD is being hailed as being able to treat anxiety and the symptoms of physical ailments the question arises – Where is our Responsibility?

    What if we started to ask why we have anxiety or physical health problems?

    What if as a society we choose to ask the WHY question as our baseline for dealing with illness and disease well before we seek any products?

    Are we only seeing this influx of CBD infused products because as a society we are only interested in the quick fix and a fast way to take away our pain, without getting to the root cause?

    Are these products simply in abundant supply because we the consumer are demanding it?

  71. USA Today – 22 January 2019

    Marni Chanoff psychiatrist on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School and MacLean Hospital writes –

    Marijuana is now legal for medicinal use in 33 states in the USA and recreational use in 10 states.

    Increasingly there are more and more potent forms of cannabis that is becoming more widely accessible and fewer adults are considering marijuana problematic.

    Recently 15% of 12 – 17 year olds reported using marijuana.
    Approximately 1.6 million adolescents used marijuana in the past month.

    For anyone with a family history of severe mental illness, long term or heavy use of cannabis is also associated with increased chances of developing schizophrenia.

    Research shows that initial psychotic episodes can occur two to six years earlier in people who use cannabis daily, particularly among high potency users.

    Marni writes – Marijuana needs warning labels like tobacco for associated mental, physical health risks.

    She speaks of how important it is for parents to speak with their children about family history of mental illness and the increased risks when using cannabis.

    Whilst this is important, what if all adults talking to children about drugs and the harmfull effects, regardless of whether there is a family history of mental illness is of equal value?

    What if we are all susceptible to the harms of marijuana use?

    What if all of this legalisation that we are doing is causing more harm than good, as in essence we are legalising a drug and saying that it is safe to take, when research lets us know it is not?

    I have seen in both a professional and a personal capacity many people under the influence of cannabis and I can honestly say that their behaviour is not that of someone who is sound and stable, with many zonked out, hardly able to hold a conversation, with a total lack of presence, often distracted and without the ability to focus. There is no vibrancy, vitality, sharpness and alertness with marijuana users.

    What if we started to go deeper to ask what is it that our children are missing that makes them go for marijuana or any kind of drug that alters their natural state?

    Have we stopped to ask – WHY altering our natural state has become so appealing?

  72. I was reading today about anger management workouts a new thing just out using sledgehammers and baseball bats.

    What I got thinking about was a guy who used pot daily to ‘chill-lax’ after working hard in the building and decorating world.

    I was friends with his partner and this young man was what most of us would call ‘lovely’.

    But I got to see another side and it scared me at the time, which was well over ten years ago. He just happened to be doing work at the place where I was working for the day and his movements reminded me of a sledgehammer being used to vent some deep anger and it was then coming through his mouth and it left me shaking.

    I told my friend could it be the marijuana that is doing this to him and of course I was totally and utterly dismissed for even thinking such a thing.

    But today I can’t help but ask myself how much does smoking pot alter our natural state of being and where does it end up showing in our lives.

    My time in and out of prison running programmes for offenders, I got to meet a lot of pot smokers. In each one I could literally see the anger and the cover up of hurts.

    It was clear as day to me and one day I would love to be in a position to carry out a study to confirm what I know is true.

    Before we judge those who ingest cannabis we need to be asking some serious questions and this blog gives us a head start on those much needed questions.

    Simple Living Global are on the front foot – they are holding steady and delivering non stop about much needed topics like Marijuana.
    Add to that all the daily regular comments and we have a website for the world, one day when they are ready for the absolute Truth.

  73. The Telegraph – 13 February 2018

    40% risk of depression in adulthood for teenagers who smoke cannabis.

    A landmark study examined 11 major studies involving more than 23,000 individuals from adolescence until their 30s.

    The study by researchers from University of Oxford and McGill University in Canada is the largest meta-analysis in the field.

    37% higher risk of depression between ages 18 and 32 for those who tried cannabis in their teens and more than 3 times the risk of attempting suicide.

    Professor Andrea Cipriani from Oxford University said “It’s a big public health and mental health problem.”
    He also goes on to say “Regular use during adolescence is associated with lower achievement at school, addiction psychosis and neuropsychological decline.”

    Fellow researcher Dr Gabriella Gobbi from McGill University said teenagers often thought cannabis was safe because it was derived from plants.
    “Today, it is not the 1980s and 1990s when THC was about 3% in joints.
    Now we have 10% 20% 30% and even more per cent and adolescents must be aware of this.”

    How serious is this and what are we all going to do, knowing that these are our future adult generations?

    Do we really need to continue with animal studies, which suggest a link between exposure to cannabinoids, which is the active component in cannabis and the onset of depressive symptoms in adulthood?

    Can real life anecdotal evidence be the way forward?
    How about we simply open our eyes, observe what is going on in our neighbourhood, get real, super honest and use that common sense we seem to have but forget to use?

    Add to that we all start talking and sharing what we have clocked on the streets, with neighbours, in our communities, around schools and colleges, at dinner parties, work and on the public transport that we use everyday.

    What would we see that could offer real life science, which cannot be negated for research purposes?

    Would this mean that our animals would be left alone to have their own life and evolutionary path, instead of being subjected to substance abuse in trials inside closed conditions that we call labs?

    Back to common sense – we all know that exposing a teenager to cannabis is going to affect the developing brain.

    This blog spells it out clearly that cannabis | pot | marijuana and all the other names we give it, alters our natural state of being. What if we just leave it at that simple immutable fact.

    The key questions in all of this are –
    WHY are our kids using a substance like cannabis?
    What is going on in their minds and in their lives that we need to know?
    How are we parenting and raising our children and where is our Responsibility?

    Next – can we agree that solutions like band aids to a bullet wound will not work as this big issue is escalating faster than we can discuss it, right under our nose?

    In this news story, a father of two teenagers is suggesting the importance of education and prevention programmes.

    Reflecting on just this one comment, it is high time we started with real education.

    Simple Living Global are world leaders now researching and informing the general public what there is to know and be aware of with topics that matter, like this one.

    A quick search on the Internet “THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT MARIJUANA” and one will find Simple Living Global as the number one in the world.
    This ranking has come from hard work and consistency in reporting the truth and not wavering or deviating from the facts we know and reporting by way of regular comments, so that we can bring more awareness.

    We are not interested in employing any organisation to keep us at the top page of google as we have no agenda.

    Just report the truth – nothing more and nothing less.

    On that note –
    Can Simple Living Global be the real education parents are seeking for themselves and can this blog alone and the author be presenters of programmes needed in the future, that deliver the truth with the stats, facts and questions asking participants to consider deeply on what is being presented?

    Could this simple, cost effective way support to reduce cannabis use in our adolescents, while we wait for more and more research and the government and policymakers to get on the front foot?

  74. A new health shop just opened locally and there are things there that I like and I am always interested in what they sell.

    I also learn as I know what they supply comes directly from what the demand is.

    The owner told us there was hummus half price as the date is coming up and then he said we could have it even cheaper.

    Firstly, I would never buy hummus coming to end of sell by date, simply because the stuff goes off so quick.

    Second – I saw hemp hummus and thought no thanks. Then I saw CBD hummus.

    What next – is there any area that we are not getting creative with when it comes to adding cannabis?

    I found it interesting that it is simply not selling hence the half price offer.

    My main concern is that there are many who would pick up hummus or think it’s a new thing to try with green plants as pictures and it’s sold in a health store so it must be “healthy”.

    Many healthy busy mums give hummus and carrot sticks to their young children.
    Mothers are busy and not reading the detail and it’s on offer, so they buy it.

    Have we thought about that and what effect this may have?
    Will we wait for a law suit or some big news story to alert us of this?

    I am not an alarmist but a real earthy citizen in this world that holds a deep integrity and feels a responsibility when it comes to human health.

    Absolutely nothing will stop me from expressing the real truth about Marijuana even if the whole world and its brothers are championing it and legalising it wherever they can.

    This blog is a tablet of truth that is well worth reading over and over again.

    I have no doubt scholars of the future will one day study this and know that the real truth about this mind altering drug was out there on the Internet medium we currently call ‘online’.

  75. Daily Mail – 29 January 2019

    Take Trendy ‘Cannabis Oil’ Off the Shelves, Say Watchdogs

    Watchdogs are moving to ban sales of the popular ‘wellness’ supplement CBD oil, which is derived from cannabis.

    The number of people using the oil, which is sold legally on the High Street and online is rising amid claims it helps with anxiety, insomnia, muscle and joint pain.

    However, a decision by British and European food watchdogs to classify cannabinoid oil as a ‘novel food’ means it now needs to go through an approval process?

    UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has indicated that it will ask local council trading standards officers to remove products from sale until this approval process is complete, which could take 12 – 18 months.

    Under the new system sellers would have to show that the oil, which can be taken in capsule form or by pipette, is safe and has the effect claimed. The oil ranges in price from £25 – £70 and is sold at leading retailers.

    A product is defined as a novel food if it cannot be shown to have been in long term and safe use before 1997.

    This is the first time that I have heard that CBD oil is referred to as a wellness supplement?

    What could be wellness producing from anything derived from cannabis?

    Why are we trying all sorts of ways to get this drug to be accepted?

    Is reclassifying it as a ‘novel food’ the answer?

    Why do we not want to call out anything deriving from the cannabis plant as the harmful product that it is?

    Why is it that we are in such denial when it comes to this drug?

    Who does it serve and what can we do?

    Articles like this one by Simple Living Global are well needed in our world today in order to bring more awareness to humanity, that CBD oil and any derivative from cannabis may not actually be producing the health-giving qualities that we believe they do.

  76. CBD oil for pets – new product lines in development to help reduce stress and anxiety.

    So the question arises – how is it that pets develop stress and anxiety?

    They do not have the responsibilities of human life of work and paying bills that many of us cite as a reason that we feel stressed, so how is it possible that pets can experience stress and anxiety?

    Is it possible that there is something about human life that we are transferring onto our pets?

    Is it possible that the stress and anxiety that we live with is ill affecting our animals?

    Are we then interfering with their natural evolution and then we look for solutions by giving them products to quell the human symptoms?

    Is there a responsibility that we have to not get sick through an ill way of living, so that our pets are not then harmed?

    Is it possible that the symptoms that they experience have a root cause that we have a hand in, which we are choosing to be blind to?

  77. Talking to a lady this week who was sharing how much ‘CBD gummies’ help her.

    She said they take the edge off life and off her anxiety.

    She said they are not marijuana because they come from a non-active part of the plant.

    She has them every day and since she has been taking them she has found life much more manageable. Things don’t get on top of her so much.

    She is getting her mother on to them too.

    We talked about this concept of ‘active’ and ‘non-active’ parts of a single plant and whether that makes sense. And we talked about the aspects of life she found hard and about the anxiety. What was at the root of that.

    It struck me that so many people suffer from anxiety and find life challenging. If they don’t feel equipped to deal with that and/or they have no support, is it any surprise people turn to drugs of one kind or another? Anything to help them get through.

    Or if the drugs present a seeming short route to wellbeing, would it not be tempting to go that way – quick fix, job done, on we go.

    I always question shortcuts. Can they really work or are they just delaying the real work that needs to be done?

    It strikes me that what is needed here is some proper root cause analysis. Some true human review.

    Why do we have anxiety levels off the chart?

    Is anxiety a key reason people turn to marijuana?

    What support do people really need with anxiety?

    If we have that discussion and study people who are living without anxiety, won’t we learn something that massive swathes of humanity sorely needs?

    And then we can review our product choices accordingly.

    Maybe we would find drug consumption drops off a cliff and conversation and community support go through the roof.

  78. The Telegraph – 19 March 2019

    Medicinal Cannabis Has Opened a Pandora’s Box, Chief Medical Officer Says

    Dame Sally Davies told MPs that despite being recently legalised for medical use, there is currently insufficient evidence to prove the products are both safe and productive.

    She also expressed concerns about the safety of the drugs for some patients, warning that until widespread trials have been completed, medicinal cannabis should only be prescribed as a “last resort”.

    Despite the change in law in the UK, which came into effect on 1st November 2018, making it legal for specialist doctors to prescribe the drug, there has been widespread refusal to prescribe medicinal cannabis by NHS doctors. Dame Sally said that many doctors were reluctant to hand out medicinal cannabis until evidence through clinical trials emerged.

    Have we stopped to ask whether we need anymore evidence ?

    Does this response from The Chief Medical Officer, not confirm what has been said previously, that this drug is not good for our well-being as we are being sold?

    What part of us wants to believe that medicinal cannabis being good for us is true?

    Dame Sally goes onto say that we have opened a Pandora’s box with this and that THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) has an impact on the brain and causes depression, schizophrenia and brain development problems in youth and adolescents.

    Important to take note of the fact that – The Chief Medical Officer is talking about THC at the same time as she is speaking about medicinal cannabis. THC has been deemed to be the very aspect of the cannabis plant, that gets us high. So why would we want to prescribe this to someone who is sick?

    And what about this Pandora’s box – what does this mean?

    A quick Google search reveals that Pandora’s box means ‘a process that once begun generates many complicated problems’.

    Can we really say under any circumstances that it is legally safe to take and prescribe this drug?

  79. The Guardian – 19 March 2019

    Frequent cannabis use and high strength varieties like skunk are likely to increase the chance of mental health problems among users, according to researchers behind the largest study of its kind.

    Experts have previously flagged a link between cannabis use and psychosis, particularly among vulnerable people with heavy use of the drug. Now research suggests the potency of the cannabis is also important, with patterns in cannabis use linked to how often new cases of psychotic disorders arise in cities.

    The researchers found that 30% of first time cases of psychotic disorders in South London and half of those in Amsterdam could be avoided if high potency cannabis was not available. The team said that would equate to 60 fewer cases per year in South London.

    This is a significant figure.

    Data from 2018 revealed that 94% of police seizures in UK of cannabis were of the high strength variety.

    The biggest link between daily cannabis use and having a psychotic disorder was in Amsterdam, where the chances were 7 times higher than those who had never used the drug: almost all cannabis sold in “coffee shops” in Amsterdam is high strength.

    Incidences of psychosis were higher in Amsterdam than most other locations studied, with only South London surpassing it.

    So this is a drug that has just been legalised for medicinal use – is this wise given the report above?

    Why do we have higher strength varieties that are now in large supply?

    Is it the users that are asking for this and if so why is it needed?

    Increasingly we have more and more reports about the harm caused by cannabis but are we willing and ready to listen?

    Do we need to rely on expert opinion when many people have been saying the same through actually seeing people lose themselves through smoking cannabis?

    Why is the real life in our face examples not enough?

    Whilst this research is valuable confirmation for those of us who need this type of hard evidence – do we need to spend our time money and resources on anymore research studies to confirm what we already know?

    Are we willing to settle with the fact that it is just high strength cannabis that is an issue or are we wiling to see the impact of any strength of this drug that is used?

    Cannabis is a seriously harmfull drug with devastating effects to the user, those that know them and society at large.

    Will we continue to advocate for this drug or start to question why we use it and why higher strength varieties are being called for?

  80. Global News – 28 March 2019

    In Canada, cannabis edibles will be legalised for recreational sale no later than 17 October 2019.

    The edibles industry in USA and Canada is set to reach $4.1 billion by 2022.

    Have we stopped to ask questions about this or do we just accept this trend of legalisation as normal?

    Are we really mitigating the risks from marijuana by saying that cannabis edibles are not to contain alcohol; they must have limited caffeine and that they must come in plain, child resistant packaging?

    Do we truly stop any harm by saying they must not be appealing to youth and the packaging cannot advertise dessert or confectionery flavours?

    Are these actions really going to be deterrents?

    People who are heavy consumers of THC (the active part of the Marijuana plant that is said to get us high; it is the psychoactive ingredient) and like to ingest it can consume hundreds if not thousands of milligrams of THC in a day.

    Is it true that this drug is less harmful if we take the recommendations of ‘moderate use’?

    Have we ever questioned why we are still trying to prove that this drug is not harmful?

    What is this whole move towards legalising Marijuana really about and who stands to gain?

  81. In the Wellbeing section of the daily newspaper today on the train, I was reading about a new style of gym stretching classes. CBD patches to increase efficiency of the exercises.


    Just because this has now been approved by the US sports competitions bodies, where many states have approved cannabis for recreational use, can we go with that and get the masses on board?

    Note – the UK still views cannabis as illegal and there are many scientists and the government saying there is not yet enough research to confirm if it is safe for human consumption.

    We have a captive audience as we love what our eyes see so when we advertise this with two women who clearly look like they are having an orgasm, it is going to pull in those who want that relief.

    Why not we could say, when life is dishing out so much stress and ugly crazy stuff daily.

    But what if we need to consider WHY we want a patch that contains something inside that numbs our pain and thus allows us to override that factor by giving us the relief we seek?

    What if we got really honest?
    Are we ready for the stats and the facts or do we just want the next thing to push our bodies which are in pain?

    CBD is the latest trend and its in everything now and not just edibles.

    A wise move would be to ask questions as we have a world that is divided when it comes to this topic.

    We do not yet have a one-unified truth about cannabis and the effects of cannabis in any form and that includes CBD.

    If read this blog and the 100+ comments, we could be open to the possibilities that this substance in any form does alter our natural state of being.

    Next – if we done our own research through observation, common sense and a discerning mind, we could learn that people who ingest cannabis in any form are telling us SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT in their life, which leads to the choice of taking a mind altering substance.

    We can find different names or a plethora of good relief names of what this wonder drug can do in its various forms but the bottom line is – this is a drug and all drugs by design have side effects for the human frame. We just cannot get away from that immutable fact.

  82. Business Insider – 13 April 2019

    A mysterious condition makes marijuana users violently ill and it reveals a hidden downside to the drug’s popularity

    Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) is a syndrome affecting frequent marijuana users with symptoms of severe nausea and repeated vomiting. A tendency to use extremely hot baths and showers for relief of the symptoms also goes with the condition. For as long as the water remains scalding, the pain and nausea from CHS subsides.

    Apart from this lIttle is known about the CHS.

    The disease was identified in early 2000s and initially believed to be rare, CHS has increasingly cropped up in medical journals and emergency rooms around the world, there is no known cure and the only lasting treatment is quitting cannabis/marijuana completely.

    With more states legalising cannabis and research showing that more adults are using cannabis in recent years this is of great concern.

    The article continued with ‘most say they’ve consumed cannabis several times a day for between 2 years and up to multiple decades. They describe a condition that appears suddenly and without warning, sometimes hours after marijuana consumption. For people who have been using marijuana for years, it’s as if a switch gets flipped. After the first occurrence, every time someone with CHS uses cannabis, they risk becoming violently ill. Using pesticide free marijuana, edibles, concentrates, CBD-only products or vape pens don’t make a difference.’

    CHS causes flare-ups that are difficult to predict, patients can sometimes go weeks with no symptoms and then suddenly suffer a particularly bad bout.

    Complications range from mild to severe with problems such as infections, kidney failure and significant weight loss.

    If left untreated CHS can be deadly.

    One man shared that what struck him about the condition was the feeling that he urgently needed to rid his body of something such as a toxin.

    “You feel like your insides want to come out – like your trying to push something out” he said

    Are we really wise to champion marijuana as any kind of healing agent or super-drug having read the above?

    Is the sharing from this man revealing?

    Could this be telling us more about marijuana – that it is a toxin that the body does not want and that the sickness is related to our bodies wanting to clear itself of the toxins?

    Is it possible that our bodies can only take so much abuse and misuse and so it has to show us in the form of a debilitating illness what we have done to ourselves?

    Does this drug really have healing benefits as we want to believe or will we still say that consumption in moderation is acceptable?

    Is taking marijuana for our pain now causing secondary complications?

    How many more diseases will we become aware of in the coming years that are related to marijuana use?

    Is it possible that we may see even more diseases in the times to come with the new off-shoot called CBD?

    Will there be severe consequences to pay in our overall health and well-being from taking this drug – consequences we cannot yet imagine?

    Do we need to be taking this much more seriously – upping our education and willingness to understand what this drug really does to us when we consume it and why we use it in the first place?

    Is there much much more for us all to understand about marijuana and why it has become so popular?

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