‘Reefer Madness’ is an old black and white movie that has been released in 1936. In reality it is nothing more than a propaganda vehicle that drives home the message cannabis results in insanity, aggressive behaviour and sexual deviancy. Due to its ridiculous and hysterical depiction the movie has since become a cult classic for all the wrong reasons. So much so that it is the butt of sniggers and giggles the world over. I might add the effects of inhaling cannabis are innocent of causing the laughter at this juncture. The film’s embellished message comically attempts to scare its audience with as much subtlety as a machete-wielding psychopath! Rather than persuading viewers in order to avoid cannabis it provides point-scoring ammunition (even with 70+ years) for the pro-campaigners cause instead.
Frankly, the illicit ingredient inside your joint, bong or space-cake does not feature highly on the list of dangerous drugs. But whether you are concerned about your mental or physical health, the financial cost, the drudgery of living your daily life stoned or because you want to distance yourself from your current lifestyle, your reasons to quit are as credible as any. Reportedly, around 500 cannabis smokers in the UK seek out treatment every week. That statistic proves two considerations: a) cannabis truly has the potential to ruin lives, and b) you aren’t alone in your desire to quit.
When cocaine and heroin addicts finally hit very cheap they have all the reasons in the world to give up. With cannabis the decline is slow and barely observable. Dispensary upon our lives is seemingly very gentle. So gentle in fact we get used to feeling sluggish and stoned and forget what it’s prefer to awaken in the mornings bursting with energy and vigour. Instead, listlessness, reddened eyes and drained skin tone become normal. Even when it becomes apparent we ought to at least consider stopping, the huge benefits always seem weighted in favour of continuing.
Such may be the subtlety of cannabis most people have a problem deciding if cannabis is their enemy or helpmate. Exactly the same drug it appears has the ability to soothe stressful situations and cause stressful situations through anxiety and paranoia. Likewise, cannabis is apparently a relaxant yet it’s not uncommon to see introspective self-doubt and lack confidence in social situations.
It is the subtlety of cannabis that also creates the confusion over whether we are simply in the habit of smoking an excessive amount of or psychologically addicted to it. Whatever the truth of the problem is, it’s all too an easy task to trudge during your teens, twenties and thirties permanently stoned; yet feel terminally bored and deprived of fun and relaxation without it.